Posted on Dec 11, 2018
We welcome Dr. Phelan Fretz Exec. Dir. of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain at ECHO.
Even at the moment he was summarizing the activities and plans of the Center, the Current "Innovation Playground" December extravaganza was in full swing.

ECHO inspires and engages families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.

(An outdoor exhibit in progress earlier this year.)

ECHO currently welcomes more than 167,000 visitors annually into a 34,500-square foot, award-winning LEED-certified facility. Through more than 100 interactive exhibits; 70 species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians; major changing exhibits; a 2,500-square foot early learning interactive space; ECHO encourages visitors to view the natural environment as part of their neighborhood and to explore, learn about, and consider opportunities for stewardship. This work is delivered by a dedicated team of 27 staff, 175 volunteers and interns who serve more than 16,000 volunteer hours per year, and more than 45 community partners. ECHO is home to a consortium of organizations working for public and academic engagement in science: the Lake Champlain Basin Program; the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory and research vessel; US Sea Grant Watershed Alliance; and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial located in Hoehl Park.