|December 14, 2010
Programming December 26 through January 2
BURLINGTON, Vt. — So all the gifts are opened, paper picked
up, boxes broken down and you hear those fateful words, “I’m
bored”. Don’t despair! Long before the excitement of the
holidays have worn away, ECHO Lake Aquarium is ready to take
those young minds and busy bodies on an exciting journey through
our natural history, ecology and culture with extended
programming between December 26th and January 2nd.
There are only three days each year when ECHO is closed,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day yet the days
around these holidays are some of the busiest and most exciting
days at ECHO! To accommodate the extra visitors we’ve increased
hourly programming, added more educators and provided something
to discover and explore around every corner.
This year’s Holiday Vacation (Dec. 26th through January 2nd)
will be especially fun with our final programming around our
interactive, seasonal programming related to our traveling
exhibit Conservations Quest/Power Play. We’ll be providing some
extra special attention to everyday ways families can “upcycle”
their extra items. Upcycling is the process of taking items you
would usually throw away or recycle and turning them into a new
product of greater value.
INSPIRATIONAL TRASH! Between December 26th and January 2,
ECHO will offer visitors the chance to create some handy
upcycled items and view impressive upcycled products that
community members have created including holiday inspired gift
bags, bows and other creative items. Some local entrepreneurs
have even created a profitable small businesses based on
MILK JUG IGLOO! Help us build a recycled structure you can
crawl into! We need 400 milk jugs, cleaned and with their tops
on, so we can build a fantastic milk-jug-igloo on ECHO’s exhibit
floor. Guests who bring their gallon milk jugs to ECHO will save
$1.00 on admission, per jug, per family (limit 4 jugs or $4).
Folks who donate jugs will also be entered into a drawing to win
a free one-year family membership to ECHO. We will collect milk
jugs through January 14th.
In between animal encounters and special programming,
visitors can enjoy learning about and seeing over 70 species of
live fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles as well as
enjoy over 100 interactive experiences and daily animal
feedings. Guests can also visit ECHO’s latest traveling exhibit,
Conservation Quest, a hands-on, interactive exhibit with plenty
to spin, stack, twirl and push. The last day to visit that
exhibit is January 2.
For more information and to reserve tickets call (toll-free)
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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 (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.