Burlington–The ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain hosted Community Science Night, a celebratory event for local adult-to-youth mentoring pairs from the Chittenden County Mentoring Network on Thursday, March 22.

More than 200 adult mentors and youth mentees from 10 mentoring programs in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison counties attended the free event, which featured open exploration of the museum’s exhibits, a scavenger hunt, and hands-on demonstrations led by the ECHO Environmental Leadership Team.

The event was sponsored by ECHO’s Open Door Program and Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, and participants received free pizza courtesy of Domino’s and cookies for dessert from Rhino Foods. The featured exhibit for the event was “My Sky,” a special exhibit featuring interactive activities related to the Sun, the Moon, and outer space.

Milton Community Youth Coalition’s Sophie Duncan attended with a group from the Milton Mentors program, which she manages as the youth programs and food access coordinator.

“Our mentors and mentees always look forward to ECHO Community Science Night,” Duncan said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our matched pairs to learn about the natural world while getting to know youth and adults in mentoring programs from around the county.”

Milton Mentors currently supports 16 mentor matches and has a goal of reaching 20 by the end of the school year.

Community Science Night featured the E-Team guiding mentors and mentees through the building with a designed scavenger hunt. They also invited guests to explore, create and launch their own paper airplanes; showcased the Champlain Sea Tank; and challenged mentors and mentees to design a scribble bot to create their own art.

The CCMN is a network of adult-to-youth mentoring programs in northwestern Vermont, supporting more than 900 mentor pairs.  Mobius is a non-profit organization that provides support for nearly 140 mentoring program sites and the 2,300 mentor pairs they support across the state. For more information about mentoring programs in the CCMN, and throughout Vermont, visit mobiusmentors.org.