Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle Adoption Program

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is proud to partner with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to give Spiny Softshell Turtles a “headstart” on life in Lake Champlain. As a threatened species in Vermont, with only 300 adult specimens estimated to live in the lake, these fascinating turtles benefit from a winter of care at ECHO before being released into the wild in June. You can help ECHO’s animal care staff protect, feed, and maintain these cute little neonates (babies) through your turtle adoption.

More interesting information on the Spiny Softshell Turtle here

Levels of Adoption

Softshell SUPPORTER

In return for your tax-deductible contribution of $50 you will receive:

  • Softshell Supporter certificate
  • Photo of your turtle

Softshell SUPERSTAR

In return for your tax-deductible contribution of $150 you will receive:

  • Softshell Superstar certificate
  • Photo of your turtle
  • Plush softshell turtle toy
  • Exclusive invitation to the turtle release into Lake Champlain in June
  • Four passes to ECHO to visit your turtle with your friends

How to Adopt

Purchase online, stop by the ECHO Gift Shop, or contact us at (802) 864-1848 or at info@echovermont.org