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News Releases


March 6, 2023

Worcester, MA, March 6, 2023 – The EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a pandemic recovery…

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July 5, 2022

WORCESTER, MA, July 1, 2022 – The EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature is welcoming a new resident to the grounds this summer and asking…

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June 4, 2022

All Astronauts Ready for Take-Off WORCESTER, MA, June 3, 2022 – The EcoTarium, the Museum of Science and Nature located in Worcester, MA, invites visitors…

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June 4, 2022

Alden Planetarium shows allow visitors to explore the universe WORCESTER, MA, June 4, 2022 – The EcoTarium welcomed visitors for the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting of…

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January 13, 2022

EcoTarium Appoints New President and CEO Noreen Johnson Smith WORCESTER, MA, January 13, 2022 – The EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature announced today that…

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October 21, 2021

This Fall Discover New Indoor Exhibits with Community Curator and Project Vaccine WORCESTER, MA, October 20 – The EcoTarium announced today two new exhibits as…

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September 14, 2021

A Night at the Museum moves to the Spring of 2022 WORCESTER, Mass., September 14 – The EcoTarium announced today that their annual gala, A…

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May 25, 2021

This July Discover New Indoor Exhibits with Tree Houses and Design Zone WORCESTER, MA, May 25 – Worcester’s leading science and nature museum EcoTarium announced…

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May 14, 2021

Museum to begin nationwide search for next President and CEO Worcester, Mass. (May 13, 2021) – During an unprecedented year which included over seven months…

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EcoTarium to reopen outdoor exhibits, trails and grounds April 23

March 31, 2021

WORCESTER — Salton and Freyja, two of New England’s favorite mountain lions, are ready for guests. The EcoTarium, home to the big cats, is thrilled…

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WOMEN AND GENDER MINORITIES IN STEM – Leopard shark researcher to speak about work in a thrilling STEM field

March 17, 2021

WORCESTER — You might call Annabel Gong a STEM champion. The young scientist who studies sharks finds innovative ways to excite and interest people in…

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Exciting, meaningful careers in STEM for women and gender minorities the focus of a new series presented by the EcoTarium

February 16, 2021

WORCESTER — The EcoTarium has found a new way to lead by example. On Monday, Feb. 22, the science and nature center introduces a series…

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Committed EcoTarium advocate and business leader Sherri Pitcher elected new board chair as historic nature and science center evaluates future mission post-pandemic

January 15, 2021

WORCESTER — Founded nearly 200 years ago, the EcoTarium has seen plenty of change. The science and nature center began as a membership-based society to…

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EcoTarium President and CEO Lucy Hale named to international science/technology center board of directors

December 4, 2020

WORCESTER — The EcoTarium is proud to announce that its president and CEO, Lucy Hale, has been named to the Association of Science and Technology…

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Grant Support Keeps EcoTarium Active During Dormancy

September 3, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – September 2, 2020 The EcoTarium was a recent recipient of a “GSK Science in the Summer” grant in partnership with the Franklin…

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EcoTarium Museum Will Host Free Admission Weekend in Effort to Give Back To Community

August 18, 2020

Contact: Rachel Stoff Director of Marketing and Communications rstoff@ecotarium.org 617-960-6186 Worcester, Mass. – August 17, 2020 With the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19…

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EcoTarium Dormancy, Staff Reductions Begin Sept. 4

August 7, 2020

Emily Gowdey-Backus Media and Public Relations Consultant emily.gowdeybackus@gmail.com  860-573-4366 Aug. 7, 2020 WORCESTER (Mass.) – Facing serious financial effects of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the…

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EcoTarium Plans Significant Changes Through Winter

July 24, 2020

WORCESTER (Mass.) – The EcoTarium, an icon in the Worcester community for nearly 200 years, will make significant changes later this year due to the…

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EcoTarium Offers Free Family Memberships to Essential Workers in Greater Worcester

May 18, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – May 18, 2020 Through the months of May and June, for every membership that is purchased or renewed, the EcoTarium museum of…

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New Traveling Exhibit Connects Visitors with the Physics Behind Amusement Park Thrills Amusement Park Science Exhibit Opens

March 9, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – March 9, 2020 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature will introduce Amusement Park Science, the year’s second temporary exhibit on Saturday, March 14 from…

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Singing night owls at the EcoTarium - Telegram & Gazette, March 22, 2023

EcoTarium receives pandemic recovery grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council - Spectrum News 1, March 13, 2023

Connell Sanders: Introducing Marty, The EcoTarium's mysterious manager of collections - Worcester Magazine, February 1, 2023

Worcester Mascots Will Help Open New EcoTarium Sports Exhibit - Patch, January 24, 2023

EcoTarium gets NYE started early with 'Noon Year's Eve' - Spectrum News 1, December 31, 2022

EcoTarium celebrates Wild About Winter Week - Spectrum News 1, December 26, 2022

Socks the fox remembered and missed at Worcester's EcoTarium - Worcester Magazine, December 1, 2022

Ecotarium unearths 40 year old Lions Club time capsule - Spectrum News 1, November 27, 2022

Worcester-Area High Schoolers Invited To EcoTarium Naturalist Program - Patch, November 1, 2022

At First EcoTarium Oktoberfest, You Can Learn As You Drink - Patch, October 18, 2022

The loon, porcupine fish or ... ? Worcester residents get to choose new EcoTarium display - Telegram & Gazette, September 14, 2022

This Open Air Train Ride In Massachusetts Is A Scenic Adventure For The Whole Family - Only In Your State, August 10, 2022

5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - This Week in Worcester, July 28, 2022

Preschool graduates treated to trip to Ecotarium, Post Office Pub - The Grafton News, July 25, 2022

Trip On A Tankful: The Ecotarium in Worcester offers an out-of-this-world experience - Spectrum News 1, July 15, 2022

A Golden Eagle Has Landed In Worcester — And You Can Help Name Her - Patch, July 1, 2022

Ecotarium Celebrates International Mud Day - Spectrum News 1, June 25, 2022

Afghan Refugees in Worcester to Learn About Educational Opportunities - Spectrum News 1, June 3, 2022

Walk on the Wild Side: Behind the scenes at the EcoTarium as it pursues AZA - Worcester Magazine, April 11, 2022

MassRealty Interview with Kerry Castorano, VP of Institutional Advancement & Education at Ecotarium - May, 12, 2021

Ana Bottary Visits Worcester's Ecotarium On This Week's Trip On A Tankful - Spectrum News 1, August 3, 2020

As Smaller Mass. Museums Begin Reopening, One in Worcester Makes Big Changes - NBC 10 Boston, May 26, 2020

Arts, culture communities weigh post-COVID world options - Telegram & Gazette,  May 24, 2020

Evolution of a science museum in a global pandemic - Worcester Business Journal, May 22, 2020

EcoTarium to Donate Family Memberships to Essential Workers - This Week In Worcester, May 20, 2020

Cultural institutions are responding to pandemic closures by going online - Worcester Business Journal, May 11, 2020

Business Matters: Leaders step up amid COVID-19 - Telegram & Gazette,  May 10, 2020

Retired Hanover CEO Eppinger pledges match for EcoTarium fundraising drive - MSN, April 12, 2020

Retired Hanover CEO Eppinger pledges match for EcoTarium fundraising drive - Telegram & Gazette,  April 11, 2020

Local Museums & Zoos offer STEM activities and videos for families! - Worcester Central Kids Calendar, April 2, 2020

EcoTarium bands together with other nonprofits after major losses due to COVID-19 impact - Telegram & Gazette,  March 29, 2020

Massachusetts Cultural Organizations Struggle In The Midst Of The Pandemic - WBUR, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Worcester organizations band together and offer support during COVID-19 pandemic - Mass Live, March 20, 2020

EcoTarium Sets Attendance Record with More than 178,000 Visitors - Spectrum News 1, February 19, 2020

Acting locally: EcoTarium examines personal impact of climate change - Worcester Magazine, January 14, 2020

'What big tusks you have!' - Telegram & Gazette, January 9, 2020

A brave choice: EcoTarium hosts screening of ‘Afghan Cycles’ - Worcester Magazine, January 3, 2020

Families have a blast at EcoTarium’s Noon Year’s Eve -  Telegram & Gazette, December 31, 2019

EcoTarium Celebrates Mountain Lions' First Birthday with Special Cake -  Spectrum News 1, December 15, 2019

Love Your Labels showcase and exhibit - Worcester Magazine, November 19, 2019

First Person: EcoTarium not pussy-footing around - Worcester Magazine, October 22, 2019

Massachusetts kicks off STEM Week - Worcester Business Journal, October 21, 2019

A Fresh Fall Forward at the EcoTarium - Discover Central Massachusetts, October 2, 2019

Purgatory—and Beyond - Harvard Magazine, September/October 2019

Last Call with Lucy Hale, EcoTarium president - Worcester Magazine, August 29, 2019

Orphaned, Sibling Mountain Lions Find Home at EcoTarium - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, August 2019

Hot, hotter, hottest: Citizen scientists help create heat map of Worcester - Telegram & Gazette, August 22, 2019

EcoTarium Secures Reputable Caterer For Onsite Year Round Food Service - Macaroni Kid - July 17, 2019

50th Anniversary Rocket Launch - MassLive - July 19, 2019

Lunar Launch Anniversary - Worcester News Tonight - July 16, 2019

Mayo Mountain Lions Meet Their Mascots – The Landmark, July 12, 2019

Worcester on the Moon & Beyond! – This Week in Worcester, July 8, 2019

Worcester by Bike, Episode 4: ‘Gear Up’ at EcoTarium – Telegram & Gazette, May 15, 2019

Stars of New Exhibit – MassLive, May 10, 2019

Cause For Celebration – Worcester Magazine, May 10, 2019

Wild Cat Station Debut - Worcester News Tonight - May 8, 2019

Earth Day Celebration at the EcoTarium – Telegram & Gazette, April 19, 2019

Worcester Launches Year of Festivities for Goddard – WBUR, March 16, 2019

Goddard Day Special Launch – Telegram & Gazette, March 16, 2019

Fungal Tree of Life – GoLocal Worcester – September 3, 2018

High Moon – Sentinel & Enterprise, January 17, 2019

Goodbye to 2018 On Noon Years Eve – Telegram & Gazette, January 1, 2019

Connecting the Dots – WCCA, January 2, 2019