Traveling and Onsite Education Programs | EcoTarium

Traveling and Onsite Education Programs

  • Programs available September 1, 2017 - June 20, 2018 (unless otherwise specified).
  • Programs run for 45 minutes.
  • Please visit Group Visits for pricing and reservation information.

Touchable Tales  

Grades: PreK

How do animals find their homes, food, and friends? Learn about animals through a themed storybook reading, touchable bones and pelts, and visit with a live animal.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Adaptations, Ecosystem Interactions, Using Our 5 Senses

Turtles in New England 

Grades: PreK-2

How do turtles survive in different habitats and through seasonal changes? Meet a live turtle, handle real turtle biofacts and gather information about turtle adaptations and life cycle in this interactive program! 

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Life Cycles and Adaptations, Describing Patterns, Reading Informational Texts

Build Your World

Grades: PreK-3


What properties make a structure stand or a bridge span? Discover your inner engineer as you manipulate materials in a real-life building design challenge.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Motion and Stability, Engineering Design and Process

Animal Tracks and Signs

Grades: K-2, 3-5 

What is living wild on the EcoTarium grounds? After an indoor, hands-on learning session with real biofacts, go outdoors and search high and low for animal evidence.  Indoor program available for inclement weather. 

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Biological Diversity, Ecosystem Interactions, Habitat Exploration

The Art of Science Observation

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, HS

What’s the difference between an observation and an inference? How can drawings, models, or graphs help us learn more about natural history? Compare ideas and practice arguing from evidence in this engaging, in-depth look at fascinating elements from our collection that are normally kept behind the scenes! Themes: Sea and Shore, Rocks and Minerals, Scientific Models Through Time.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Asking Questions, Constructing Explanations, Building Evidence-based Arguments

Wide World of Insects

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8  

Available May - June and September - October

How do entomologists study insects that live in different habitats? Experience a real-world science expedition when you head outside to collect insects and other invertebrates using scientific tools and methods.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Life Cycles, Ecosystem Interactions, Earth and Human Activity, Using Scientific Tools

Animal Adaptations

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

What structures and behaviors do animals exhibit that help them survive? Observe live animals, bones and animal pelts. Draw conclusions about how structure and function influence evolutionary success.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Adaptations, Biological Evolution, Examining Structure and Function

Pond Ecosystems

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, HS

Available March - June and September - November

What life forms live in our pond? Is this ecosystem healthy? Answer these questions and more after visiting our pond habitat and using authentic scientific tools to collect and observe microscopic organisms.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Life Cycles, Food Webs, Measuring and Modeling Data

Understanding Weather

Companion Program to The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington Exhibit

Grades: 2, 3-5, 6-8

Why does the weather change from day to day and season to season? How are weather and climate different? What variables affect the weather? Experience the forces driving weather through interactive demonstrations, careful observation, and scientific analysis.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Earth’s Systems, Matter and Its Interactions, Observing and Analyzing Data

Invisible Forces: Electricity and Magnetism

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

What causes static electricity? What makes a magnet? How is lightning formed? Why do the lights go on and off with the flick of a switch? How is current electricity generated? Are magnetic and electrical forces related? Explore the answers to these questions, and more, through hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Forces and Motion, Forms of Energy, Matter and Its Interactions, Observing and Analyzing Data

Threatened Species

Companion Program to City Science:The Science You Live Exhibit

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

What happens to the animals that live in an ecosystem when humans move in? Take on a real-world conservation issue as you work with classmates to develop a parcel of land. Meet a local animal most often affected by human development and learn its conservation story.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Biological Diversity, Humans and the Environment, Ecosystem Dynamics, Building Evidence-based Arguments

Designing for Wind

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

How can you design an efficient wind turbine that converts wind energy into electricity? Build a working wind turbine, measure its performance, and learn firsthand how the design process can create better products!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Energy Transfer, Natural Resource Use, Engineering Design and Process

Rocket Launch!

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

Does a rocket’s shape affect its flight? Use engineering, math and physics to design and build rocket prototypes. Test your design outside or in a gymnasium using an air powered rocket launcher to launch your paper rockets up to 40’ in the air!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Energy and Forces, Engineering Design and Process

City Hot Zones

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS
Companion Program to City Science: The Science You Live Exhibit

How can people make changes in their homes, neighborhoods, and cities to keep them cooler during the summer months? Do building materials matter in a world where climate is shifting? Put your decision-making skills to the test in this real-world design challenge. Evaluate your design prototype using infrared technology.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Matter and Its Interactions, Earth and Human Activity, Engineering Design and Process, Observing and Analyzing Data

The City Hot Zones education program is presented by Saint-Gobain.

Pricing and Reservations

Please visit Group Visits for pricing and reservations information.

For reservations or for more information, please call us at 508.929.2703 or email .