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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Volunteer of the Month - Charlotte Frank

We in the ECHO Animal Care Department are proud to have volunteer Charlotte Frank as a member of our team.  Charlotte joined us in March of 2011 and her enthusiasm, positive attitude, flexibility and hard work have served as a frequent reminder to all of us of what makes our volunteers great.  Whether its the fun of feeding our Lake Tank's fishes or the smelly drudgery of cleaning the cricket bin, Charlotte keeps a smile and  is always asking "What's next?"

Charlotte and Homer the snapping turtle
Charlotte is a busy lady and balances a busy schedule along with her volunteer work at ECHO. She is a full time student at the University of Vermont in the class of 2014. She is pursuing her major degree in Environmental Studies - Ecology & Conservation with no less than two minor areas of study, one in Environmental Science and the other in Film. She enjoys scuba diving, photography, skiing, and tap dance as well.

Please join us in thanking Charlotte for her dedication to ECHO and our animals. She truly is what makes ECHO a great place to work and a great place to visit.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Exciting Changes to the ECHO Preschool Space

This post was written by: Elizabeth Nuckols Youth Education Specialist

Change is coming...but it is a good change! During the month of November we are beginning an exciting two-phase transition project on one of ECHO’s most utilized exhibit areas--Discovery Place! This space is so well-used and loved that Champ’s paint is fading, the sailboat is listing, and the dock is in need of repair. It is time for a Discovery Place Makeover! The makeover will be a two-phase project beginning the week after Thanksgiving. 
ECHO's Current Discovery Place

Discovery Place Entrance
THE FIRST PHASE: During the first phase, ECHO staff will be transforming our current classroom, (this is the meeting space next to Watershed Way on the top floor), into an updated and improved Discovery Place. We will be moving many of the beloved structures from the current space, like the storefront, dock and sailboat, but also adding new elements for expanded play opportunities.  There will be a reading tent, a campfire ring, a farmers market and a magnetic play board to name a few of the new features. We will also be using this time to test out other ideas with our wee visitors and their caregivers like book boxes and a water painting wall. Do you have other ideas? We are adding a feedback board in the exhibit space for your suggestions, comments and reflections.  The first phase of ECHO’s Discovery Place Makeover will open on December, 22nd 2012 and ready for your children to enjoy.

THE SECOND PHASE: During the fall of 2013 we will launch into the second phase of the Discovery Place Makeover, creating an expanded and permanent space for our youngest visitors. Please let us know what you think of the elements in the interim Discovery Place and what you would like to see in the permanent new and improved version. All of your input and feedback will help us as we make future plans. We are very excited about the upcoming changes and look forward to your feedback. Please feel free to e-mail your suggestions directly to me. 

See you at ECHO!