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News Releases

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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Inaugural Community Curators Exhibit Features Rare Specimens from Natural History Collection with Connection to Climate Change

January 15, 2020

Worcester, Mass. – January 13, 2020 Climate change impacts everyone. Every person, animal, organism and region. On Saturday, January 11, 2020, the EcoTarium museum of science…

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EcoTarium Presents Documentary Film Screening Highlighting Afghan Women Bicycle Riders to Commemorate Closing of GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes Exhibit on Saturday, January 4

December 31, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – December 30, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature is thrilled to announce a special event to close out the final…

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Wild Cat Station Exhibit at the EcoTarium Welcomes Jan and Poe, Two Ravens

November 26, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – November 26, 2019 – Two young female corvids (specifically the species Common Raven) are in their new habitat at the EcoTarium museum…

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EcoTarium Offers Half-Price Admission to Worcester City Employees During Holiday Weeks

November 19, 2019

WHAT: Welcome City of Worcester employees! Have a passion for science and nature? Take advantage of half-price admission for each employee and up to three…

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Citizen Science Project to Collect Real-Time Extreme Heat Data This Summer in Worcester

August 5, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – August 5, 2019 – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the EcoTarium museum of science and nature, and the City of Worcester will collaborate to…

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Key Positions Filled as Part of Successful Recent Restructuring at the EcoTarium Museum

May 29, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – May 28, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature welcomes Cristoff Shay for the newly created position of Vice President of…

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The EcoTarium Unveils Wild Cat Station Outdoor Habitat Featuring Two Orphaned Mountain Lions

May 10, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – May 10, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to unveil one of their boldest exhibits yet…

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The EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature announces opening of one of largest mountain lion exhibits in New England

April 10, 2019

Worcester, Mass. – April 10, 2019 The EcoTarium museum of science and nature enthusiastically announces that two mountain lions and several native bird species are…

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Worcester County Wonders: EcoTarium continues to expand ahead of 200th anniversary - Telegram & Gazette, July 7, 2024

Forbush Naturalist Award presented at EcoTarium's annual meeting - The Worcester Guardian, June 24, 2024

Chamber Exchange: Deb Shear, Chief Advancement Officer, Ecotarium - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Exchange, June 26, 2024

Ecotarium cuts ribbon for new ocean-themed exhibit just in time for summer - Spectrum 1 News, May 24, 2024

Soapbox 1339: Noreen Johnson Smith, MPH President & CEO, EcoTarium - WCCA TV 194, April 30, 2024

Thousands gather at Worcester’s EcoTarium for solar eclipse - Boston 25 news, April 8, 2024

EcoTarium's 'Sage' rat trio Parsley, Nutmeg and Sesame set to leave limelight - Worcester Magazine, March 18, 2024

Fun literally by the yard for vacation kids at new EcoTarium exhibit - Telegram & Gazette, February 21, 2024

EcoTarium holds ribbon cutting for Measurement Rules travel exhibit - Spectrum1 News, February 3, 2024

Early spring ahead, four-legged forecaster predicts at EcoTarium Groundhog Day ceremony - Telegram & Gazette, February 2, 2024

Cornelia the groundhog indicates it'll be an early spring - The Worcester Guardian, February 2, 2024

EcoTarium gets turtles into the 'Headstart Program' - The Worcester Guardian, January 16, 2024

EcoTarium caring for endangered turtle hatchlings - Spectrum1 News, November 2, 2023

EcoTarium hires Holy Cross director to lead museum advancement - Worcester Business Journal, October 13, 2023

New EcoTarium Program Allows Kids To Experiment With Physics - Patch, August 17, 2023

EcoTarium names Fletcher Tilton attorney as board chair - Worcester Business Journal, June 29, 2023

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

Chamber Exchange: Ecotarium - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Exchange, November 15, 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

Chamber Exchange: Ecotarium CEO Noreen Johnson Smith w/ Dir. of Exhibits Katie Chappell - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Exchange, June 18, 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