The Naturalist Program at the EcoTarium is a series of weekend sessions geared toward teens who are interested in exploring nature and science. In this program, we will learn to observe the natural world and consider what we can do to protect it – our one and only shared home here on Earth.

Activities will depend on the season, but we may gather water samples to monitor the health of our local pond, explore nature via art, play games to understand ecology, meet our resident animals and explore their habitats, and advocate for the planet we all share. Thanks to generous funders, we are able to offer this FREE program at no cost to participants.


The group will meet on Saturdays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.

The program will take place in approximately 10 week seasons. Some seasons will be aimed toward an audience of 6th to 9th grade students and others 9th to 11th grade students.

  • Fall (October to December), Grades 7-9
  • Winter (January to March), Grades 9-11
  • Spring (March to June), Grades 6-8

Participants will earn an EcoTarium Naturalist Course Completion Certificate if they attend 8 out of 10 sessions.

Seasonal themes:

Applicants Requirements:

Applicants should fall within the grade window for the target season:

  • Fall - October to December (grades 7-9)
  • Winter - January to March (grades 9-11)
  • Spring - April to June (grades 6-8)

Please complete the following registration form with a caregiver: https://tinyurl.com/NatProgRegistration

Anyone in Central MA is welcome to join! Priority will be given to Worcester Public School students. Once accepted into the program, all students will be required to submit additional documents electronically such as health history forms.

If you have questions, please contact NaturalistProgram@ecotarium.org.