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ECHO Logo April 2014  
Issue 113  
 
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MudFest
ECHO’s Earth Weeks’ MudFest
For 16 days, beginning Saturday, April 12 through Sunday, April 27, ECHO will be celebrating the 9th annual ECHO Earth Weeks’ MudFest with muddy activities, games, and music! Our popular mud fling from the top floor will occur every day at 2:30 plus the mud-tables will be in full swing for all the gooey muddy fun you can imagine. Plus enjoy some knee-slapping fun music with acclaimed musicians at noon and 1 p.m. from Saturday April 19 through Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day!). Feeling adventurous and brave? Try some unusual snacks created by SugarSnap in our ECHO café (can you say bugs!).
ECHO Earth Weeks’ MudFest information
ECHO AfterDark:
Science as Storytelling
Dr. Ruha Benjamin
The public is invited on the evening of April 2nd for an ECHO AfterDark event featuring Dr. Ruha Benjamin and her presentation, “Science as Storytelling. Exploring the culturing of race, power, and biology in the petri dish”. This event is FREE and open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with lite refreshment provided. This very special event is event sponsored by the University of Vermont’s Center for Cultural Pluralism and Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
Dr. Benjamin’s presentation info

Community Science Night
 
Community Science Night
On Wednesday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., ECHO will host the Community Science Night with partners from Mobius Mentoring, King Street Youth Center, and the Howard Center. The evening is managed by ECHO’s Open Door E-Team leaders. These teens have been learning about scientific principles and how to interpret science to the public through discussion and engaging activities. We look forward to this night, where our guests have a great time and our E-Team puts what they have learned into practice.
Community Science Night Photos

Teaching Stewardship
through Art
Teaching Stewardship through Art
This year’s AmeriCorps member, Nyame Nti Aya Fawohodieat has put her energy, talent and focus into using drama and performance art to teach children about Lake Champlain stewardship and environmental caring. Through a unique partnership with the North End Studios, Nyame is managing a free 6-week workshop on Mondays and Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. from April 7 through May 14 called Puppetry and the Environment. A public performance of the puppet production will take place at ECHO on May 15.
Performance art as a teaching tool
April Vacation and Summer ECHO Camps
ECHO Camps
It is definitely time to make that summer camp enrollment for your child and also to consider your options for the April spring break for your k-5th grade child. For April spring break (4/21-4/25) we offer Rock collectors Camp where each day campers will explore something different from fossils to arrowheads and geodes. For summer ECHO offers over a dozen and a half camps to choose from beginning June 23 and running through August 22. Plenty to choose from but don’t wait!
Camp descriptions and registration

Rebuilding a
Watershed Table
Rebuilding Watershed Wat
Water is a wonderful asset and a terrific teaching tool here at ECHO. One of the most favorite interactive exhibits is our watershed table known as Watershed Way. The table is made of wood which is coated in a thick protective layer of resin, but our facilities team, under director Steve Smith, noticed that there were some areas of deterioration. Over the past few weeks they have been replacing, re-coating and rebuilding parts of this table and soon it will be up and flowing again for our visitors to enjoy.
Rebuilding the Watershed Table


NanoDays TODAY
 
Nanodays
Every year, at the end of March, ECHO dedicates one Saturday to Nano Science as part of the nationwide NanoDays event. We partner with the UVM Society of Physics Students to create a fun, rewarding and highly educational day of investigating the science of the teeny tiny, itty bitty. TODAY (March 29) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. dive into molecules, atoms and more. Free with admission to ECHO.
NanoDays Information
What's Happening Next?
An Animal Care Volunteer There is always something exciting going on at ECHO! ECHO offers educational programming and live animal feedings every day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., all free with admission. Check ECHO’s Calendar of Events page to get the most recent and up-to-date look at all the happenings both day and night!
ECHO's Calendar of Events

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Update Staff:
Editor: Gerianne Smart, Director of Marketing and Communications
Design: Abbe Malcolm, Marketing Coordinator
Photo credits: Summer Camps- N. Ridhibhinyo © ECHO, Stack of books- B. Butler © ECHO, NanoDays- Courtesy of National Science Foundation, Dr. Ruha Benjamin- Courtesy of UVM Center for Cultural Pluralism, Chubby Frog- Courtesy EcologyAsia.com, Champ Illustration- By an ECHO Guest, March: American Toad- © ECHO.
 
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