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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 share specimens collected from around the world. Today it is one of New England’s premier destinations for families and a key support to STEM education in Central Massachusetts. Sherri Pitcher’s…

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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 Centers’ board of directors. ASTC represents nearly 700 science and technology centers in 50 countries.  ASTC’s president, Christofer Nelson, says that Hale is one of six new board members from…

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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 Institute in Pennsylvania. As part of the “Be a Chemist!” program, the grant will fund the distribution of 400 STEM-based kits to local youth via the Worcester Together initiative, established…

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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 pandemic, the EcoTarium museum of science and nature will offer two days of free admission to first responders, teachers, military and veteran personnel, essential workers and their families, as well…

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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 EcoTarium will close September 4 for the fall and winter, resulting in a loss of 24 staff positions. The staff changes are being made at all levels and will be…

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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 unprecedented COVID pandemic. With attendance down nearly 90 percent, the Board of Trustees met Thursday night to explore ways to secure the future of the renowned science museum. While details…

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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 science and nature will donate a family membership to an essential worker at UMASS Memorial Health Care in Worcester and Wegmans grocery store of Shrewsbury, MA. The family membership grants…

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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 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a day-long event of programs and activities featuring the physics behind popular amusement park rides like the Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, roller coasters and bumper…

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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 and nature will present a new exhibit Community Curators: Local is the New Global that features rarely seen items from their natural history collection with a connection to the impact of…

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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 weekend of GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes exhibit on Saturday, January 4, 5-8:00 p.m. The museum will host a screening of Afghan Cycles, an award-winning documentary full-length film about a generation…

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