ECHO Camps for Summer 2021, Grades 1-5. One side is green; the other side has a boy with a face masks dropping color on to shaving cream as an experiment.

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

Set against the backdrop of the bustling Burlington Waterfront, a day at ECHO camp can move from a behind-the-scenes observation of ECHO’s animal care activities to a LEGO engineering challenge. Led by STEM educators, our program adheres to physical distancing guidelines with small groups, extra time outside, and cleaning protocols. Please note: Masks are required.

General Info

WAITLIST
Interested in signing up for a camp that’s sold out? Join our waitlist here and we’ll contact you if a spot opens up.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS:
ECHO has limited scholarship funds available for those requiring financial assistance to participate in our camps. Please note ECHO’s available camp scholarship funds have been allocated for the summer of 2021. We invite you to apply for a school vacation camp scholarship in the fall. Click here to apply.

Questions? Contact camps@echovermont.org

Camp Emergency Cell Phone Number:
(802) 503-8986

Camp Staff

Our stellar camp team is composed of year-round ECHO educators, seasonal staff with backgrounds in science and education, and members of ECHO’s environmental teen leadership program. We believe the intimate, responsive atmosphere of our camps is what makes ECHO Camps a truly engaging experience. Therefore, we ensure a low instructor-to-child ratio of approximately 1:6. Past guest instructors have included scientists from UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, members of ECHO’s animal care team, and robotic engineers from Greensea Systems Inc.

Summer 2021 Camps

Please note: Registration is for a full week of summer camp; we are unable to prorate. Members: Please login to access member pricing.

June 14-18: Animal Adventures for Grades 1-3 — SOLD OUT

Mask young girl in front of the snapping turtle window$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

Animal Adventurers will spend a week discovering the amazing animals that call Lake Champlain home. We’ll get up close and personal with ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors, learn what it takes to care for these creatures, and explore their natural habitats. It’s the perfect camp for your budding biologist!

June 21-25: S.T.E.A.M. Camp for Grades 1-3 — SOLD OUT!

Girl holding up colorful slime$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

Ever created art using invisible forces like gravity or magnetism? How about painting with propulsion? Young artists will create one of a kind art projects using the power of physics and chemistry in this unique, messy and very hands on camp.

June 28-July 2: Human Plus for Grades 3-5

Girl jumping in front of a blue green background at an exhibit in the Human Plus exhibitions$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday
REGISTER HERE

Campers will explore ECHO’s special summer exhibit, Human Plus, to discover some amazing inventions that extend human abilities. We’ll discover how neuroprosthetic limbs can be controlled by a person’s thoughts, and other marvels of biomedical engineering. We’ll even meet special guests from our community who work in this innovative field to learn about what it takes to engineer life-changing tools.

July 5-9: Science of Superheroes for Grades 1-3 — SOLD OUT!

Black silhouettes of kids in front of a glowing green wall in the ECHO Shadow Box exhibit$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

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

July 12-16: Animal Adventurers for Grades 1-3 — SOLD OUT!

Girl at ECHO looking at animal care feeding sturgeon in a big tank$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

Animal Adventurers will spend a week discovering the amazing animals that call Lake Champlain home. We’ll get up close and personal with ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors, learn what it takes to care for these creatures, and explore their natural habitats. It’s the perfect camp for your budding biologist!

July 19-23: Ecosystem Explorers for Grades 3-5

ECHO Educator showing the snapping turtle roaming the floor with campers looking on.$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday
REGISTER HERE

Join us for a week of ecosystem exploration! Campers will learn all about the creatures that live here in the Lake Champlain Basin. We’ll have close encounters with ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors, learn about their amazing adaptations, and investigate what we can do to help keep their habitats healthy.

July 26-30: S.T.E.A.M. Camp for Grades 1-3

Child in red shirt holding blue slime$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday
REGISTER HERE

Ever created art using invisible forces like gravity or magnetism? How about painting with propulsion? Young artists will create one of a kind art projects using the power of physics and chemistry in this unique, messy and very hands on camp.

August 2-6: Science of Superheroes for Grades 1-3

Black silhouettes of kids in front of a glowing green wall in the ECHO Shadow Box exhibit$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday
REGISTER HERE

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

August 9-13: Fantastic Forces for Grades 3-5

ECHO Educator about to let lego cars down a bright yellow racing track with kid campers looking on$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday
REGISTER HERE

Lift and thrust and balance, oh my! Look out for all kinds of awesome forces in this exciting, physics-focused camp. We’ll explore balanced and unbalanced forces of all sorts. Race a custom lego car down a 30 foot track, learn what it takes to launch objects into space, and explore the awesome forces that shape the world around us every day.

August 16-20: Animal Adventurers for Grades 1-3 — SOLD OUT

Girl at ECHO looking at animal care feeding sturgeon in a big tank$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

Animal Adventurers will spend a week discovering the amazing animals that call Lake Champlain home. We’ll get up close and personal with ECHO’s Animal Ambassadors, learn what it takes to care for these creatures, and explore their natural habitats. It’s the perfect camp for your budding biologist!

Upcoming Vacation Camps

February 22-26: Engineer It!--sold out!

Kids experimenting and building projects in Engineer It$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

In this inventive camp, we’ll problem-solve to help protect Lake Champlain, design and build creative contraptions, and practice using the engineering design process. We’ll also get the chance to explore ECHO’s newest exhibits: Engineer It and Awesome Forces. Get ready for a week of hands-on, brains-on playing and learning!

March 1-2: Discovering Dinosaurs--sold out!

kids putting together a dinosaur skeleton$120 for members; $130 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Tuesday

Do you like dinosaurs? We do too! Join us for a special two day camp where we’ll dig in to these incredible creatures that roamed the earth long ago. We’ll put on our paleontology hats and explore the clues left behind by dinosaurs, and even make our own model fossils.

April 19-23: Space Explorers--sold out!

Child about to drop her spaceship creation off the balcony at ECHO$300 for members; $325 for non-members
Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm,  Monday-Friday

Join us for a week of interstellar exploration. We’ll engineer lunar landers, design and launch custom mini rockets, and learn all about the vast expanse of space.

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