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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Muddier the Better!

Snow seems in shorter and shorter supply today, crocuses are peaking out from the ground, and here at ECHO there are more and more muddy tracks near our front doors. Yes, it seems like Spring has finally sprung, heralding the beginning of Mud Season! Everyone here at ECHO gets excited this time of year because Mud Season leads to our annual Mudfest mayhem!

ECHO’s Earth Weeks’ Mudfest kicks off on Saturday, April 20th. Muddy madness can be found everywhere starting with the popular mud table where guests of all ages can roll up their sleeves, grab a shovel or bulldozer toy, and get elbow deep in mud from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. If playing in mud isn’t fun enough, we will be flinging mud from our deck twice a day too.  At 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. come grab some mud and  throw it thirty feet to the ground and watch it go SPLAT!  In addition to all the mud, ECHO and Re-Bop Records have been digging up musicians for our muddy music series every day at 12:30 p.m.  

Playing in the mudtable
NEW this year will be the presentation of an ECHO ONE DROP short film every day at 2 p.m. in the new Revision Lakeside Pavilion. During Earth Week’s Mudfest we will be hearing about the story of the mink frog and the lessons we can learn by studying the mink frog’s habitat through an ECHO-exclusive short film.  

Though ECHO’s Earth Week’s Mudfest is 9-days long, the muddy fun will be happening for eight days, April 20th through Saturday, April 27th and NEW this year, on the 9th day, Sunday, April 28, we’ll be rinsing off our booth for our first Citizen Science Day!

Citizen science is an important part of data collection for scientists all over the world. ECHO guests will learn about the various projects they can be involved in to help scientists gather data and study local and national science projects on a myriad of topics. Citizen science is a fun and engaging way to be involved and make it easy for each of us to act as stewards for our environment.

Listening to Muddy Music
So, whether you love playing in mud, listening to great, family-friendly music, flinging mud from high above or want to be a scientist, ECHO is the place to be during ECHO Earth Weeks’ Mudfest April 20 through April 28!

And, while you are enjoying all the muddy fun, check out the current traveling exhibit, Strange Matter, which is all about the science of “stuff”. All included in ECHO’s admission price.

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