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ECHO Camps: seeking imagineers

ECHO offers science, stewardship, and engineering-design themed day camps
during summer break and school vacation.

Set against the backdrop of the bustling Waterfront in Burlington, Vermont, a day at ECHO camp can move from a behind-the-scenes observation of ECHO’s animal care activities to a LEGO engineering challenge. ECHO offers a selection of exciting science, stewardship, and engineering-design themed day camps for children entering 1st to 3rd grade. Led by STEM educators, our program takes full advantage of ECHO’s exhibits and outdoor location next to beautiful Lake Champlain.

Interested in becoming an ECHO member?
Members receive special discounts on camp rates and access to pre-registration and timed registration. To learn more and become a member, visit our Memberships Page.

Questions?
Contact
 camps@echovermont.org or (802) 864-1848 Ext. 124

2024 Camp Registration

Registration for 2024 Summer Camps* will occur in two stages: 

Pre-Registration (January 31 – February 6) – Now Closed

From January 31 – February 6, ECHO Members can complete our pre-registration form. Pre-registration is required in order to register for ECHO Camps.
All pre-registered Members will be assigned a time to register. Pre-registration does not guarantee a space in ECHO Camp.

Once pre-registration closes, pre-registered Members will be randomly assigned to timed registration waves. 

On February 7, Pre-registered Members will receive an email from ECHO Staff with their assigned registration time and a link to register.
All assigned registration times will fall between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 14.

Registration (February 14)

Members will be eligible to register for camps for 30 minutes beginning at their assigned registration time. Each registration link will de-activate at the end of the assigned time.

For more information about registration, check out our Summer Camp FAQs below. 

*Please note: This registration process applies to full-week camps only. Registration for July 1–3 Taking Flight Camp will be announced after full-week camp registration closes.

2024 Summer Camps

Member pre-registration for ECHO Summer Camps is now closed. Keep an eye on your email for registration information.

Science of Superheroes | Grades 1–3 | June 17–21

An ECHO staff member shows an experiment to two campers wearing safety goggles. Monday–Friday, June 17–21, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Science of Superheroes! Create your own superhero story and character with incredible powers. Then we’ll harness the power of invisible forces and engineer gadgets to help your superhero save the day.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members 

Animal Adventurers | Grades 1–3 | June 24–28

A camper looks in awe at a turtle held by a staff memberMonday–Friday, June 24–28, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Meet ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors up close and explore the many creatures that call Lake Champlain home! Campers will get behind the scenes with our Animal Care department and learn about freshwater ecosystems through hands-on engineering challenges and art projects.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members

Taking Flight* | Grades 1–3 | July 1–3

A camper in safety goggles launches a homemade rocketMonday–Wednesday, July 1–3, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Explore the gravity-defying feat of flight! Engineer a catapult, design a paper airplane, and launch rockets while discovering the forces that make flight possible. Campers will learn all about nature’s winged wonders and the human technology these incredible animals have inspired.

$230 Members; $260 Non-Members
 
* Stay tuned – registration for July 1–3 Taking Flight will open following registration for full-week camps.
STEAM Camp | Grades 1–3 | July 8–12

A camper uses a hot glue gun to complete a craft at STEAM camp.Monday–Friday, July 8–12, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Physics + Chemistry + Engineering + Art = A week of fun at ECHO STEAM Camp! Campers will explore simple machines like ramps, pulleys and levers in order to engineer contraptions and produce one-of-a-kind art. We’ll also explore the science behind color and light.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members

Science of Superheroes | Grades 1–3 | July 15–19

An ECHO staff member shows an experiment to two campers wearing safety goggles. Monday–Friday, July 15–19, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Science of Superheroes! Create your own superhero story and character with incredible powers. Then we’ll harness the power of invisible forces and engineer gadgets to help your superhero save the day.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members 

Animal Adventurers | Grades 1–3 | July 22–26

A camper looks in awe at a turtle held by a staff memberMonday–Friday, July 22–26, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Meet ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors up close and explore the many creatures that call Lake Champlain home! Campers will get behind the scenes with our Animal Care department and learn about freshwater ecosystems through hands-on engineering challenges and art projects.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members

STEAM Camp | Grades 1–3 | July 29–August 2

A camper uses a hot glue gun to complete a craft at STEAM camp.Monday–Friday, July 29–August 2, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Physics + Chemistry + Engineering + Art = A week of fun at ECHO STEAM Camp! Campers will explore simple machines like ramps, pulleys and levers in order to engineer contraptions and produce one-of-a-kind art. We’ll also explore the science behind color and light.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members

Animal Adventurers | Grades 1–3 | August 5–9

A camper looks in awe at a turtle held by a staff memberMonday–Friday, August 5–9, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Meet ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors up close and explore the many creatures that call Lake Champlain home! Campers will get behind the scenes with our Animal Care department and learn about freshwater ecosystems through hands-on engineering challenges and art projects.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members

Science of Superheroes | Grades 1–3 | August 12–16

An ECHO staff member shows an experiment to two campers wearing safety goggles. Monday–Friday, August 12–16, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Science of Superheroes! Create your own superhero story and character with incredible powers. Then we’ll harness the power of invisible forces and engineer gadgets to help your superhero save the day.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members 

STEAM Camp | Grades 1–3 | August 19–23

A camper uses a hot glue gun to complete a craft at STEAM camp.Monday–Friday, August 19–23, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Physics + Chemistry + Engineering + Art = A week of fun at ECHO STEAM Camp! Campers will explore simple machines like ramps, pulleys and levers in order to engineer contraptions and produce one-of-a-kind art. We’ll also explore the science behind color and light.

$370 Members; $400 Non-Members

Summer Camp FAQs

Registration for 2024 Summer Camps will occur in stages: 

  1. From January 31 – February 6, ECHO Members can complete our pre-registration form. Pre-registration is required in order to register for ECHO Camps.

  2. Following pre-registration, pre-registered members will be randomly assigned a registration time. On Wednesday, February 7, Members will receive an email with their registration link and assigned registration time. All registration times will fall between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 14.

  3. On February 14, members will be eligible to register for Camps for 30 minutes beginning at their assigned registration time

Summer Camp registration for 2024 is limited to two camp slots per family. The same family may register one child for two camp sessions, or two children for one camp session each. 

Only one pre-registration “ticket” is required per household, regardless of number of campers.

On registration day, pre-registered Members will have the option to register for up to two camp slots. The same household may register one child for up to two camp sessions, or two children for one camp session each. 

Filling out the pre-registration form does not guarantee a spot in ECHO Summer Camp. All pre-registered Members will be assigned a registration time; however, camps may fill up before your assigned time. Members randomly assigned an earlier time slot will have a higher likelihood of registering for their desired camp.

Following pre-registration, registration times will be randomly assigned. All registration times will fall between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 14.

Members will have 30 minutes to register beginning at their assigned time. Members who miss their assigned registration time are encouraged to join the waiting list.

If you experience technical difficulties on the day of registration, please contact ECHO at (802) 864-1848. 

Registration times will be assigned and communicated on February 7, one week before camp registration, in order to provide adequate time to make arrangements.

If you have any questions or concerns about your assigned time slot, please contact Katie Garcia at kgarcia@echovermont.org .

ECHO’s Guest Services representatives are not able to facilitate camp registration from the front desk. 

All pre-registered Members will receive a link to the Summer Camp waiting list as soon as the first registration time slot opens at 9:00 am on Wednesday, February 14. Pre-registered Members may join the waiting list at any time.

We encourage Members assigned to later time slots to join the waiting list early in the day in case they are not able to register for their desired camp session. 

Non-members can join the waiting list beginning Thursday, February 15, following the formal registration period. 

Openings in camps will be filled from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Pre-registration and registration is currently limited to ECHO Members. To pre-register for Camp and receive a registration link, become an ECHO Member.  

Beginning February 15, once camp registration has closed, non-members will be able to join the waiting list. Camp openings will be filled from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. 

ECHO has limited scholarship funds available for those requiring financial assistance to participate in our camps. At this time, ECHO is no longer accepting scholarship applications for 2024 Summer Camps.

For questions about ECHO Camps, contact camps@echovermont.org or (802) 864-1848 Ext. 124

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