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LESSONS FROM THE PACIFIC COAST, THE HATFIELD CENTER, NEWPORT, OREGON

POSTED JULY 28 AT 11:06 AM

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September 20, 2010

Contact: Gerianne Smart
gsmart@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 125
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Molly Loomis
mloomis@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 110

Downloadable photos available at
http://www.echovermont.org/visitors/photos.html?gallery=powerplay#photos

CONVERVATION QUESTsm and POWER PLAY exhibit opens at
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Saturday, September 25

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, opens its newest traveling exhibit on Saturday, September 25th. The new exhibit, Conservation Questsm, comes to ECHO from Stepping Stones Children’s Museum, in Norwolk, Connecticut. The exhibit was developed to create a highly interactive, hands-on way for visitors to learn the power of making smart energy and conservation choices.

Visitors are encouraged to explore ways to save with light bulbs, electricity and recycling. They are introduced to solar, wind and hydropower and can play with circuits to power up lights, radios and fans. The exhibit also encourages visitors to take an energy challenge where they can see how they stack up with energy usage.

Playing with power and being empowered to make smart energy choices is what this exhibit is all about. “This exhibit ties nicely into part of our mission which is to educate the public about our ecology and environment. It allows us to step back and see how our energy choices today can affect our planet tomorrow and for us to take personal responsibility for those choices” , says Phelan Fretz, ECHO’s Executive Director.

To accompany Conservation Questsm, which will be at ECHO through January 7, the education team has developed a series of themed events to engage visitors and turn them into “super energy heroes”!

These themes include:

  • Sept. 25 – Oct. 14: Eating Efficiently ~ What’s on your menu?
  • Oct. 15 – Nov. 12: Renewable Energy ~ What’s good for your community?
  • Nov. 13 ~ Dec. 10: Home Efficiency ~ How efficient is your family?
  • Dec. 11 – Jan. 2: Upcycling ~ What will your garbage become?

Conservation Questsm and Power Play is sponsored by Efficiency Vermont and the City Market, Onion River Co-op.

For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org.

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 (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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