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ECHO Logo April 2015  
Issue 125  
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MudFest 2015
April is an exciting for us here because we get to play in the MUD! From April 11–26, ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest is back for its 10th anniversary. We have daily events including animal feedings, muddy finger painting and face painting, “Muddy Investigations” with owl pellet dissections or worm examinations, movies, edible bugs with SugarSnap and of course the MudFling, throwing mud from the top floor of our building. There are a few special guests stopping by, too, including a soil scientist from the USDA on April 20, the Chittenden Solid Waste District and an expert on the Hubble Telescope to help celebrate Earth Day, and Animal Encounters, who will be back with some mud-loving critters on April 25.
ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest
ECHO AfterDark:
PechaKucha Night
AfterDark brings a fun time with something new and exciting. PechaKucha is a fast-paced storytelling style. Presenters will talk about everything from diving with fish and ice sculpting to art and architecture. Each speaker will show 20 images, each playing for just 20 seconds. Things get hopping at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. The event is free for members of ECHO, the Shelburne Museum, Fleming Museum and Burlington City Arts. Just $5 for others.
PechaKucka Information

Today, ECHO will again host the biggest event for small science around – NanoDays, a partnership with the University of Vermont Society of Physics Students, is part of a national festival celebrating nanocscale science and engineering. The community-based event, all day at ECHO, is a public outreach effort featuring hands-on activities and discussions about real research going on now. Stop by from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. check it out, free with regular admission.
More about Nanodays
Neonate Spiny Softshell Turtle at ECHO
Floodwater in focus at Summit

The Leahy Center Environmental Summit returned to ECHO for the second time last month. About 150 regional environmental leaders came together to help Vermont become more climate change resilient and floodwater smart. Attendees listened to expert speakers, including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and of course Sen. Pat Leahy, exchanged ideas and made fun, informative presentations about how they can help continue the message outside Summit walls. The 10 participant groups have since returned to their communities to keep up the good work and we look forward to reporting out their progress! In the meantime be sure to see ECHO’s blog for full coverage and fun photos.

All the best,

Phelan Fretz
Executive Director


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