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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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December 14, 2010

Contact: Molly Loomis
mloomis@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 110

ECHO’s Holiday 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 upcycling.

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) 1.877.324.6386.

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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.

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