Outdoor Explorations

Stroll scenic and peaceful trails, play with interactive exhibits on the plaza, and visit resident wildlife -- 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 wildlife (and a dinosaur!) living on our 45 acres.

Featured Exhibits

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. Drop by to see our personable porcupine and skunks.

Animals & Living Collections

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

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.

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.

New Outdoor Exhibit:

Months Away

Wild Cat Station Opens Spring 2019

Wild Cat Station alters more than 40,000 square feet of museum grounds. The project includes a mountain lion exhibit, three distinct bird habitats, and a multi-purpose educational plaza.

The mountain lion exhibit in Wild Cat Station will invite visitors to experience intimate encounters with one of the region's most magnificent and elusive species. The mountain lion exhibit will range across two stories in height, offering multiple viewing stations for guests.