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ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps during summer break and school vacation weeks.
What happens at ECHO Camp
ECHO Camps occupy that powerful place where passion for science and compassion for the earth meet to create an explosively-rich environment of excitement and learning. We insist that science is fun and that kids who love science, nature, and making things are the most awesome kids around. To some outsiders, it might seem that ECHO camps are just an excuse for our staff to hang out with the most interesting children in the Northeast, but insiders know that ECHO camps are a transformative experience that combine inquiry, creativity, and guided discovery to produce one of the most engaging camp experiences in Vermont.

Set against the backdrop of the bustling Burlington Waterfront, a day at ECHO camp can move from an impromptu, behind-the-scenes observation of ECHO's animal care activities to a lakeside game of Turtle Tag to an underwater robot-enabled search for Champ. We love kids who care, kids who imagine, kids who are different, kids who know more than us, and kids who are quietly brilliant.
What Parents Are Saying
"Great educational experience. Staff are wonderful with the kids and really appreciate everything ECHO has to offer."
"Fun, safe and respectful place for kids that is very engaging and my child learned a lot."
"Fun exciting, way to connect to ECHO, the lake, the greater community..."
Camp Staff
Our stellar camp team is composed of year-round ECHO educators, seasonal staff with backgrounds in science and education, and members of ECHO's environmental teen leadership program. We believe the intimate, responsive atmosphere of our camps is what makes ECHO Camps a truly engaging experience. Therefore, we ensure a low instructor-to-child ratio of approximately 1:6. Past guest instructors have included scientists from UVM's Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, members of ECHO's animal care team, WPTZ meteorologist Tom Messner, and robotic engineers from Greensea Systems Inc.
Contact ECHO Camps
Call Noella at 1.802.864.1848 Ext. 141
or
email camps@echovermont.org.
AfterCare
Aftercare is available until 5:00pm for $12/day.
Aftercare sign-up is done morning-of and must be paid in cash or check.
ECHO Camp Scholarship
ECHO has limited scholarship funds available for those requiring financial assistance to participate in our camps. ECHO Camp Scholarship Application
Vacation Camps
ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed camps for children K - 5th grade during Vermont's school breaks. Registration & info below!
Grades K-5th

Discover the mechanical mind of da Vinci. From flying machines to catapults, each day we will discover and create a new machine inspired by da Vinci’s designs.

Fly like da Vinci (Monday):
Da Vinci had a love for aviation. Join us as we take an adventure into the world of flight and make our own flying machines!

Bridge Builders (Tuesday):
Da Vinci invented a revolutionary revolving bridge. We will experiment with bridge design and test how much weight they can take!

Rolling Around with da Vinci (Wednesday):
Da Vinci designed a cart that was self-propelled. Building on his work, we will design and build our own self-propelled vehicles.

Crafting Cranes (Thursday):
Da Vinci drew a design of, but never built, a rudimentary crane. Help us explore the lifting power of cranes as we design and test our own!

Da Vinci’s Catapult (Friday):
Get ready as we launch into projectiles! We'll be inspired by da Vinci’s design to create our own catapults!

Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
Register for Any or All Days
2017 Summer Camps
ECHO offers a selection of exciting week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps for children entering 1st-6th grade from late-June through late-August.
See below for full camp descriptions and registration.
Summer Camp Deposit
A deposit is due upon registration. The remaining balance will be due two weeks prior to the start of your camp. Your full fee is due upon registration if you are registering for the 2 or 3-day camps.
Summer Camp Refund Policy
Families who cancel two weeks prior to the start of their camp(s) will receive a refund less a $25 check processing fee. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of a camp’s start date. However, fees may be transferred in full to a future camp. Should ECHO need to cancel a camp for any reason, you will be notified and given a full refund. We are unable to prorate week-long camps due to planned or unexpected absences.
Age Range: Entering Grades 1st - 3rd

Dive into the wild side of Lake Champlain. We will discover the animals that live around the Lake and what they need to survive. We will experience live reptiles and amphibians up close and help care for butterflies in the museum’s summer butterfly exhibit.

Member: $280
Non-Member: $310

Register & Pay Deposit
Age Range: Entering Grades 1st - 6th

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. . . ECHO campers used the force to conquer Star Wars inspired design challenges. We will tackle hovercrafts, light sabers, and more, all while exploring the mysteries of our own galaxy.

Member: $180
Non-Member: $195

Register & Pay in Full
Age Range: Entering Grades 3rd - 6th

Join us on ECHO’s custom competition field as we design Lego robots to complete a critical mission to save Lake Champlain. Your team will design, construct, and program your robot to solve mini-challenges, while learning about real world problems facing our watershed.

Member: $295
Non-Member: $325

Register & Pay Deposit
Age Range: Entering Grades 1st - 3rd

Are you a born builder like Wyldstyle or da Vinci? Team up with us as we build fishing rods, race cars, and dogbots using motorized Legos and other hands-on materials. We will explore the science of simple and complex machines, see how we use them in everyday life, and invent our own original contraptions.

Member: $280
Non-Member: $310
Age Range: Entering Grades 3rd - 6th

Get into Adventure Mode during this hands-on Minecraft camp. Each day, we will tackle a new engineering challenge inside and out of the Minecraft universe. We will design and craft real siege weapons, sailboats, ziplines, and more, while conquering team challenges in themed Minecraft Adventure Maps.

Member: $295
Non-Member: $325
Age Range: Girls Ages 8-12

Mornings at the Community Sailing Center, Afternoons at ECHO
Take science to the lake with this all female Community Sailing Center and ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain partner camp. Each morning will begin with an introduction to dinghy sailing at the Sailing Center followed by afternoons at ECHO exploring the engineering of sailboats and building our very own model sailboats!

Member & Non-Member: $350

Register through CSC
Age Range: Ages 8-12

Mornings at ECHO, Afternoons at the Community Sailing Center
Take science to the lake with this Community Sailing Center and ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain partner camp. Each morning will begin at ECHO discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment followed by afternoons learning basics of sailing on keel boats at the Sailing Center! Our major project will be designing your very own plankton net and testing it as you set sail on a keel boat.

Member & Non-Member: $350

Register through CSC
Age Range: Entering Grades 1st - 3rd

Did pirates once terrorize our waterways? Are there such things as freshwater mermaids? In this imaginative offering, children will experience high-seas style fun while searching for treasure in ECHO’s model shipwreck and Champ out in the Lake. So, arrrrrrr you in?

Member: $280
Non-Member: $310

Register & Pay Deposit
Age Range: Entering Grades 3rd - 6th

Gear up as we learn what it takes to become a marine or freshwater biologist. We will get behind-the-scenes with ECHO’s animal care experts and design our own underwater exploration equipment. Capping off the week, campers will head out on UVM’s Melosira Research Vessel to conduct their very own field study!

Member: $280
Non-Member: $310

Register & Pay Deposit
Age Range: Entering Grades 1st - 6th

Join the adventure as we meet moths and butterflies from around the world. We'll experience first hand their incredible life cycles and behaviors in ECHO’s live butterfly exhibit. We will also learn how to care for these unique creatures inside the museum and out in the wild.

Member: $280
Non-Member: $310

Register & Pay Deposit
Age Range: Entering Grades 1st - 5th

Calling all wizards, witches, and would-be magicians. Unpack your wands, the witching hour is here. Explore the science of illusion and the magic of chemistry. Perform incredible levitation tricks, turn grape juice into lemonade, and more during this two-day magic training camp.

Member: $120
Non-Member: $130

Register & Pay in Full