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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

From mini robots to pinball machines this camp has something to satisfy the maker in every kid. Each day will focus on a different maker activity.

Mini bots! (Wednesday)
Join us as we learn about programming using ECHO’s mini bots and then design and build a mini bot of your very own.
Circuit Racers (Thursday)
Gear up, or down to build your very own circuit race car. Campers will explore circuits as they create mini motorized racing machines.
Pinball Wizards (Friday)
Campers will design and build their own themed pinball games complete with flippers, spinners, and ramps.

Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
Register for Any or All Days
Grades K-5th

Journey out of this world as we explore the science of space with unique design challenges. Each day will focus on a different topic with a hands-on space inspired design challenge.

Space Survival (Monday)
Campers will learn about survival in space as they design a space capsule of their very own to protect their marshmallow astronaut from the vacuum of space.
Rockets (Tuesday)
Getting to space is no easy task. Campers will design air powered rockets to help launch their astronauts into space.
Space Survival (Monday)
Campers will learn about survival in space as they design a space capsule of their very own to protect their marshmallow astronaut from the vacuum of space.
Lunar Landers (Wednesday)
Campers will learn about survival in space as they design a space capsule of their very own to protect their marshmallow astronaut from the vacuum of space.
Gaining Traction (Thursday)
Getting around on other planets presents some unique challenges. Campers will design wheels to navigate through the many challenges other planet surfaces present.
Perfect Landing (Friday)
Returning to Earth can be a real drag! Campers will experiment with parachutes as they attempt to safely land their ships back on Earth.


Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
Register for Any or All Days
Grades K-5th

Join us as we investigate what makes some of our favorite children's toys tick! Each day we will tear toys apart and attempt to create new creations of our own!

Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
Register for Any or All Days
Grades K-5th

Spring has arrived and ECHO’s animal ambassadors are emerging from their winter hideaways! Each day will be a discovery of our amphibian's unique adaptations.
Frozen Wonders (Monday)
As we wish away the cold, we’ll investigate how frogs prepare for and survive Vermont’s cold winters.
Sounds of Spring (Tuesday)
Do frogs in Vermont Ribbit? We’ll explore the sounds that come from our backyard wetlands.
Gooey Globs (Wednesday)
Not all frog, toad, and salamander eggs look the same. Join us as we examine what that blob in the pond is!
Colors Splash (Thursday)
How important is color to a frog? We will look at some frogs in Vermont with a unique ability to blend into their environment.
Spring Hazards (Friday)
Amphibians emerging in the spring have more than a cold snap to worry about. We will study what impacts humans have and how we can help them overcome these hazards.

Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
Register for Any or All Days