Stroll scenic and peaceful trails, play with interactive exhibits on the plaza, and visit resident species -- there's plenty to see and do on the EcoTarium grounds in every season. Keep your eyes open as you explore meadow, pond and forest environments. You'll see plenty of animals (and a dinosaur!) living on our 45 acres.

Featured Exhibits:

Outdoor Animals & Living Collections

See Who's Living at the EcoTarium! Encounter a wide variety of animals, from owls to turtles to bald eagles.

Wild Cat Station

Two mountain lions and several native bird species are at the center of Wild Cat Station, a new spectacular outdoor exhibit. Grass, trees, and rocky alcoves allow the cats to utilize their natural abilities of climbing, scratching and jumping.

Animal Corner

Meet native animals you rarely see. Several have come out of hiding to live in the Animal Corner building on the museum’s Lower Courtyard.

Harold Grinspoon Sculptures

The Ecotarium is excited to partner with HG Art Works, LLC to bring art to the EcoTarium. The HG Art Works is loaning the EcoTarium three sculptures that will allow guests to experience science combined with the arts.


Make loads and loads of sudsy bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Experiment with how they are formed, the colors they produce, and their amazing properties. While you're having fun making all those bubbles, you'll learn about surface tension, evaporation and light reflection.

Explorer Express Train

All aboard! Open-air passenger cars take visitors on a scenic 12-minute ride; a relaxing and fun way to see the museum grounds.

Otter Encounter

Slydell and Daisy are inviting you to lunch! Enjoy this opportunity to get up close to our otters and feed them their favorite foods.

Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit

Our expansive outdoor exhibit features several play areas, each with its own theme. Each area offers unique and innovative outdoor experiences designed to engage children and their families through activities such as building, digging, nature art, climbing, music and movement.

Scenic Paths and Trails

Scenic trails, New England meadows and ecosystems. Keep your eyes open as you explore meadow, pond and forest environments.

Upper and Lower Ponds

Minutes from downtown Worcester yet a world away, the ponds and grounds at the EcoTarium are worth exploring in every season. Two ponds (upper & Lower) stationed on the property offer many opportunities to observe nature, wildlife or discover something new.