A science and nature museum located on the Burlington waterfront in northern Vermont, ECHO currently welcomes more than 167,000 visitors annually into a 34,500-square foot, award-winning LEED-certified facility and is home to more than 100 interactive exhibits, 70 species of fish, reptiles, & amphibians, major changing exhibits, and 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.
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a 501(c) non-profit organization.