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August 30, 2011

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

ECHO AWARDED GRANT TO LAUNCH YOUTH STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE


BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center was recently awarded one of 160 grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), enabling ECHO to further its mission for stewardship of Lake Champlain. The $149,295 grant will fund the launch of the Youth Stewardship Initiative (YSI).

The 2-year project, starting October 1st, will connect youth aged 5-18 with practicing scientists and stewardship opportunities focused on improving the health of the Lake Champlain Basin through Lake Science Camps, Lake Science Overnights and Stewardship Summits.

Partners from the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, including the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and ECHO, will work together to contribute their collective watershed research, management and education resources to the initiative.

YSI will also leverage ECHO’s new asset, the Lakeside Pavilion expansion. “The expansion will serve as a platform for the Youth Stewardship Initiative to deliver a top-quality and sustainable fee-based program that will encourage the youth of the Basin to be better stewards of their watershed”, said Molly Loomis, ECHO’s Director of Education.

Starting in the spring of 2012, ECHO will launch a series of day camps and overnight programs, which offer youth the opportunity to get behind-the-scenes at ECHO and out into the watershed to explore and protect the Lake Champlain Basin. Other project priorities include a lake science and stewardship curriculum; training for staff, volunteers, and interns implementing the programs; a marketing and promotional package reaching target audiences; and two reports evaluating the success of the program.

ECHO was one of 481 museums and libraries that applied for an IMLS grant. The IMLS has allotted $18,777,552 in funding, matched with $32,007,711 of non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants.

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

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About ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
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 café featuring food prepared by Sugarsnap. 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.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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