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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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April 26, 2010

Contact: Steven Leibman or Todd Carroll
sleibman@echovermont.org or tcarroll@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 125 or 131

Downloadable photos available at
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PREPARE TO “GET BUGGY” WITH “BACKYARD MONSTERS”

ECHO’s Summer Insect Exhibit Opens May 15

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Want to “get buggy” this summer? ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is “going to the bugs,” with “Backyard Monsters,” running from May 15 through September 6. This special summer exhibit features giant robotic insects — a scorpion, praying mantis, and carpenter ants — whose anatomical accuracy has been endorsed by the American Entomological Society; plus interactive, enlightening displays; a collection of exotic insects from around the world; and live creepy-crawlies from the Lake Champlain Basin. “Backyard Monsters” vividly presents the fascinating world of Insecta, up-close-and-personal…perhaps too “up-close” for the faint-hearted! The exhibit is sponsored by The Automaster.

“The huge, animitronic insects in ‘Backyard Monsters,’” says ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz, “provide a unique and exciting opportunity for our guests to experience a part of our ecosystem typically too small to explore in-depth with just the naked eye.”

“Backyard Monsters” has swarms of buggy encounters, including...

  • The Better to Eat You With: Discover how insects suck blood, chew their food, and guzzle plant nectar.
     

  • Robo-Bugs: Grab the remote control, take your insect for a walk, or race your friends!
     

  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Explore how looks can deceive and protect.

As with all ECHO exhibits, visitors can deepen their experiences through hands-on educational programs for all ages, such as Bug Bingo, Making Scents (insect pheromones), and creating insects from recycled materials. Additional “Backyard Monsters”-related programming will include competitions and public events. For the up-to-the-minute programming schedule please visit echovermont.org.

Be prepared to learn “what’s buggin’ you” at ECHO’s “Backyard Monsters” — and watch out for that giant dragonfly hovering over your head!

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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, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal 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 877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

 

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