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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 to announce the reopening of its outdoor animal exhibits, trails and Nature Explore playground on Friday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To kick off the reopening, The…

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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 science, tech, engineering and math, and to provide gender minorities working within STEM fields novel ways to connect. A master’s student at the University of San Diego, Gong studies leopard…

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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 of conversations — Women and Gender Minorities in STEM — that demonstrate just how rich with opportunity STEM fields are. Each of the monthly programs offers both a presentation by…

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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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