Action Lab Opens May 18th! ECHO's exciting, new offering for teens and adults - The Action Lab - officially opens on Saturda...

Action Lab Opens May 18th!

ECHO's exciting, new offering for teens and adults - The Action Lab - officially opens on Saturday, May 18th. This new permanent exhibit focuses on how we can all participate in scientific research. Anchored by the Citizen Science bench, visitors can hone their observation skills that can be used out into the world. Different projects will be featured on this bench that you, our members and visitors, can contribute to. The interactivity of the state of the art Virtual Watershed Table will engage you for hours as you learn how water connects landscapes of all shapes.

In ECHO’s Action Lab you’re able to 
virtually visit attractions all around Lake Champlain with our new Spin Browser. Hop aboard the Melosira and join the adventure by pulling away from ECHO Aquarium and zipping under the Champlain Bridge, exploring Fort Ticonderoga and diving into the depth of the lake to visit the shipwreck of the General Buttler.

In addition to multiple engaging exhibit components, we are pleased to announce new educator-led programs are also being developed for this space. Guests will be able to learn how to identify various aquatic macroinvertebrates - which will help us identify how clean our streams and ponds are. Scientists talk about genetics and the role of DNA in our lives - but have you ever seen DNA? You’ll get the chance with the DNA Extraction program that will run periodically in the Action Lab. We’re working to create more and more teen and adult-oriented programming so everyone can learn something new when they visit ECHO.

Join us as we celebrate this long-awaited exhibit which includes special equipment, interactive programs, citizen science projects, and much more, all for our older guests. As a special thank you to our members, we are offering a citizen scientist gift for the first 150 members to visit the lab during the opening weekend.  Make sure you get here early!  

From setting food on fire to pulling catch aboard UVM's Melosira Research Vessel to encountering live birds of prey, our summer camps ...

From setting food on fire to pulling catch aboard UVM's Melosira Research Vessel to encountering live birds of prey, our summer camps for rising 3rd-6th graders are my favorite to teach and participate in.  I love when campers curiosity and advancing skill level meets new and exciting opportunities, like producing a real TV news story for WPTZ (see last year's piece below)!  Check out videos and descriptions of my top choice camps for rising 3rd-6th grade below to decide which camp you'll be jealous of your child attending this summer.  Don't miss out, visit to register today.

Marine Biology Gets Fresh Camp

Train to be a Marine Biologist

Marine Biology Gets Fresh Camp 
July 8 – July 12, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Ever dream about becoming a marine biologist when you grow-up? Interacting with live animals from ECHO's collection, campers will learn what it takes to become marine or freshwater fish biologists. While caring for their own aquarium fish, campers will get to know what different fish eat, where they live, and what threatens their survival. Capping off the week, campers will head out on UVM’s Melosira Research Vessel to conduct their very own field study!

Wings Camp

Befriend an Owl

Wings Camp 
August 5 – August 9, 20138:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
It's a bird! It's a plane. It's ECHO Camp! From falcons to fairies to F-15's, this camp will explore human and avian flight. Campers will delve into the history of human flight, discover different birds of prey, and design and build their own air crafts. They will also meet real live hawks and owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship raptor rehabilitation program! So, what's your favorite pair of wings to wear?

My Sustainable Kitchen Chemistry Camp

Make Insta-Ice Cream
Photo courtesy of hslphotosyn

My Sustainable Kitchen Chemistry Camp 
June 24 – June 28, 20138:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
What happens to cream when it's flash frozen using liquid nitrogen? How can maple syrup crystallize into rock candy? During this ECHO Camp, children will explore the local foodshed at the chemical level. They will visit farms, concoct delectable dishes in ECHO’s state-of-the-art kitchen, and investigate what makes food sustainable from a community and environmental perspective. Working with The Sugarsnap CafĂ©, they will also have the opportunity to share their crazy culinary creations with the public. 

Green TV Anchors Camp

Appear on TV

Green TV Anchors Camp with WPTZ
June 24 – June 28, 20138:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Do you have a personality made for television and a passion for the planet? Join Conservation Correspondent Bridget Butler this summer to investigate topics ranging from toxic algae blooms to local black bear sightings. In this incredible ECHO Camp, campers will spend the week developing an environmental-themed news story. They will film their piece for broadcast on News Channel 5 WPTZ and appear in a live newscast with WPTZ.

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