AAA Editor Notes
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is downtown on the waterfront, just w. of jct. College and Battery sts. in the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain at 1 College St. At ECHO, which stands for Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity, visitors learn how these terms relate to the Lake Champlain basin.
Numerous tanks hold 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles which can be found in the area, and more than 100 hands-on experiences are available to enhance learning. Animal feedings and demonstrations take place daily.
Permanent exhibits include Action Lab, featuring a 3-D augmented reality watershed sand table; ECHO Wildlife films projected in the state-of-the-art Lakeside Pavilion; Indigenous Expressions, a look at the Native Americans who lived in the Lake Champlain basin; Be a Watershed Weather Reporter, a chance to learn about the Lake Champlain watershed and then create and film your own weather report; and Voices for the Lake, an opportunity to capture a personal photo, video or story. Rotating exhibits change twice a year.
Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.