What’s New at ECHO?


NEW! K-5 Program

Engineering in Action: 2016 Challenge

May 16 – June 10

ECHO will be offering a new engineering program this spring aimed at developing design and engineering skills in kids from Kindergarten through Grade 5.

Programming Overview

Engineering in Action: 2016 Challenge is a 40 minute engineering design challenge. This spirited program presents students with a real-world problem facing the Lake Champlain Basin in an engaging narrative format. Students then work in small groups to design and iterate an engineering solution to the presented problem. Challenges are leveled according to age group and include a thrilling finale for students to share their original designs complete with musical crescendo.


$25 per program for up to 25 students per program plus group admission

Group Admission Pricing

$6.50 K-12th grade student admission to ECHO
Free One adult admission to ECHO for every five youths, teachers included
$8.50 Each additional adult admission to ECHO

The program fee is typically $75 per program. Thanks to a generous grant from Creativity Garden- a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, generously supported by Disney, we are able to offer this special offering for these four weeks only for a reduced fee of $25 per program. We are not offering our regular programming during these weeks due to the set-up required for this exciting program.

Program Times

9:30 – 10:10 a.m.

10:25 – 11:05 a.m.

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:15 – 12:55 p.m.

1:10 -1:50 p.m.

Call and book your Field Trip today! To make a reservation or for questions about school groups and programs please call ECHO’s Events & Sales Manager, Meg Lapan at 1.802.864.1848 Ext. 127 or e-mail groups@echovermont.org.

NEW! Exhibit for kids ages 6 and under 




ECHO’s new early learning exhibit opened Feb. 13! Designed specifically for ages six and under, this 2,000-square-foot exhibit incorporates community input and current research in early childhood development, including emerging data that illustrates the importance of early experiences on brain development.

Champ Lane provides a  multi-sensory environment for children and their caregivers to play and learn together. Children will have opportunities to practice their emerging skills as they work and play in this highly interactive exhibit space. They will scan the horizon from the wheelhouse of a research boat, cook up delicious multicultural meals in the cafe, weigh produce in the market, tend to an injured turtle in the Animal Care Kids Lab, flex their muscles as they climb into the treehouse, negotiate their way through the treetop canopy, zoom down the slide and more!

Bring your kids and experience this new learn through play space for yourself.

See you on Champ Lane!



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