ECHO received $1,250 from the Regatta for Lake Champlain in 2017, bringing the total that ECHO has received from the Regatta to $39,325 (since 2004). ECHO is a freshwater lake aquarium and science center dedicated to promoting science education through engaging exhibits and programs. Funds from the Regatta have been used to help ECHO host teacher training and education programs with over 82 regional schools and 15,000 pre-K-12 students who visit annually. We offer programs for elementary and middle school age visitor groups that inspire students to become the next generation of lake stewards.
Where the money goes . . .
The Regatta for Lake Champlain was founded in 2004 by Jamie & Candis Leopold. Since it’s inception the Regatta has donated a total of $141,994 to non profit organizations whose missions support the health, well-being, sustainable use, and stewardship of Lake Champlain. Following is a list of organizations that have received funds from the Regatta for Lake Champlain.
ECHO lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for lake Champlain
The Community Sailing Center received $1,750 from the 2018 Regatta bringing the total that the Sailing Center has received to $39,069 (since 2004). For over a decade, the Regatta has supported the Center's equipment, facilities and diverse programs providing lake access and life lessons for all members of our community.
The Center breaks down barriers of access to Lake Champlain through its Adaptive Watersports Program, Women in Wind, Floating Classrooms, and Leader Ship youth development programs. Education and recreation programs connect the community to the lake, creating future stewards for one of Vermont's greatest natural resources.
The Community Sailing Center is a vital hub on the shores of Lake Champlain where community members and visitors of Burlington, Vermont gather to play on the lake together. We’ve got something here for everyone regardless of age, ability, or income.
The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
Providing access to the Lake
Protecting the health of Lake Champlain
The Lake Champlain Committee has received donations from the Regatta totaling $29,150 (since 2004) including $1,750 from the 2018 Regatta that has been put to work on the water, in the field and out in the community advocating for a cleaner Lake, combating invasive species, ensuring access through the Lake Champlain Paddlers Trail, educating citizens about Lake ecology with projects like their book “Lake Champlain: A Natural History”, and fostering stewardship through outreach programs.
Working for clean, accessible water through science-based advocacy, education and collaborative action.
Lake Champlain Committee
The Land Trust has received $19,050 (since 2010) including $1,750 from the 2018 Regatta. These funds have helped the Land Trust to acquire and steward free public access at dozens of natural recreational areas including beaches on Lake Champlain, adding to the 16 islands, and 19 miles of scenic shoreline, already protected for the community. In addition to ensuring everyone has a place on the lake, these funds will also help the Land Trust add to the 6,000+ acres of lakeshore buffers and flood-absorbing wetlands protecting the Lake’s water quality.”
The mission of the Lake Champlain Land Trust is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain by permanently preserving significant islands, shoreline areas, and natural communities in the Champlain Region.
The Lake Champlain Land Trust
Conserving and providing access to the Lake
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Documenting the rich history of the Lake
Over the years, the Regatta Lake Champlain has donated $9,600 including $1,750 from the 2018 the Regatta to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. These funds have been used to help support the Museum’s youth boat building programs Champlain Discovery and Champlain Longboats. Every summer, up to a dozen Champlain Discovery teens spend three weeks at the Museum building their own kayaks which they then use to explore the lake on a 10 day paddling and camping expedition. Champlain Longboats is a multi-faceted program. Each year, a team of special needs students spend 5 months building a Longboat which is added to the Museum fleet. Currently, eighteen boats in the Museum’s fleet are used by over 600 students each year, including 175 students at nine area schools in After-School rowing programs that meet two or three times a week from April through mid-November. LCMM also hosts rowing and racing events on Lake Champlain that bring visiting teams from New England and Canada, and brings crews of students and adults to regional racing events. The Longboats are also used for On-Water Ecology programs, for both students and teacher training. Without significant external support, these wonderful programs could not be offered to our local communities.
The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History received donations totaling $5,050 (since 2013) including $1,750 from the Regatta for Lake Champlain in 2018. These funds were used to support an innovative partnership with students at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury.
As part of the Advanced STEM class, students lead by boat builder and historian Douglas Brooks undertook a folklore history project interviewing trappers, specifically focusing on the traditions of owner-built trapping boats used in Addison County. Students collected interviews, measured and competed detailed CAD drawings of historic boats, and built two replica trapping boats. This work is significant as it represents the first thorough documentation of Lake Champlain’s historic small boats.
Helping organizations get started…
The Rozalia Project
The Regatta has donated $350 to the Rozalia Project to support their efforts cleaning debris from Lake Champlain and other bodies of water.
The Cumberland Bay Community Boating Center
The CBCBC has received a total of $400 that has been used to supplement their general operations budget.