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Contact: Steven Leibman or Grace Per Lee
802-864-1848 ext. 125 or 131
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SWING INTO SPRING WITH “ECHO EARTH WEEKS AND MUDFEST”

Fourth Annual Event Runs April 13-26

Spring cleaning, spring fever, spring forward... As much a state of mind as a season, spring is our chance to make a fresh start. It’s no wonder that Earth Day falls in its midst; a time to consider how our planet is doing, and what it might need from us in the coming year. But one day just isn’t enough for ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. For the fourth year, they’re extending their Earth Day celebration into two whole weeks: ECHO Earth Weeks and MudFest. Each day at ECHO, April 13-26 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., features stewardship presentations from regional school and environmental groups; muddy activities; acclaimed Vermont musicians; free chocolate treats from Lake Champlain Chocolates and Ben & Jerry’s; and much more.

  • Enjoy fresh interpretations on science and environmental topics by area schools like Wheeler and Mater Christi.
  • Eco-Exhibitors like the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Energy Education Program with their bicycle-powered generator. Those interested in getting “down and dirty” can sign up for environmental stewardship projects like stream bed planting, pulling water chestnuts, and even turtle beach clean-ups...check www.echovermont.org for specific Eco-Exhibitor days.
  • Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 26, Voices for the Lake — ECHO’s stewardship through social media initiative — will be showcasing video stories captured through YouTube, and engaging folks in discussions about Lake Champlain.
  • Catch daily “Muddy Music at One” with artists like Tammy Fletcher, Colin McCaffrey, and Junk Music with the Junkman; produced by family-friendly Re-Bop Records.
  • Create and submit artwork for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation poster contest, on the theme: “If Trees Could Talk: What Would They Say?”
  • Earthy fun for all ages with native seed plantings, Eco-Footprint Detector, earthworm exploration, and… you know you want to: Mudfling! Scoop up a spoonful — or a handful — of sopping-wet earth, then catapult it three stories down towards a giant target below. Now that’s physics!

There’s gobs going on with ECHO Earth Weeks and MudFest, plus a special admission discount: Now through May 8, Vermont and New York residents with one valid I.D. receive $2 off for everyone in their party, through ECHO’s Open Door community access program. So grab your galoshes, put a spring in your step, and head to ECHO to start the season off right.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits and events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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