Until the Governor announces the safety protocols that enable us to support group visits to the museum, our newest offerings include virtual programs that feature a wide array of engaging learning experiences led by educators and wildlife staff. From animals and astronomy to electricity, rockets, and beyond, our programs are designed to combine fun and learning.

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Groups that visit the EcoTarium enjoy our indoor exhibitsoutdoor exhibitswildlife, and grounds, and have the option to book our Education Programs. 

If you are unable to bring your group to the EcoTarium, let the EcoTarium come to you! Our Traveling Education Programs offer convenient, affordable, and unique science and nature learning experiences at your location. You provide the space and the EcoTarium provides a museum educator and all materials needed for hands-on exploration. 

Our Traveling Education Program info:

  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Please visit Group Visits for pricing and reservation information
  • Please note: Inclusion of live animal for traveling programs is dependent upon distance from museum and number of programs requested per day
  • For more information, please call us at 508.929.2703 or email reservations@ecotarium.org

Onsite Only:

City Hot Zones

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS 
Companion Program to City Science: The Science You Live Exhibit

How can people make changes in their homes, neighborhoods, and cities to keep them cooler during the summer months? Do building materials matter in a world where climate is shifting? Put your decision-making skills to the test in this real-world design challenge. Evaluate your design prototype using infrared technology.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Matter and Its Interactions, Earth and Human Activity, Engineering Design and Process, Observing and Analyzing Data

The City Hot Zones education program is presented by Saint-Gobain

The Art of Science Observation

Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, HS

What’s the difference between an observation and an inference? How can analyzing patterns help us better understand scientific phenomena? Choose a focus area (Life Cycles, Rocks and Minerals, or Scientific Models) and take a deep dive into the scientific process. Compare ideas and practice arguing from evidence in this engaging, in-depth look at fascinating elements from our collection that are normally kept behind the scenes!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Asking Questions, Constructing Explanations, Building Evidence-based Arguments

Making Waves: Sound and Light

Please Note: Prek and K programs have a 30 person capacity. Grades 1-8 can accommodate up to 50. 

Grades: Pk-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

How do sound and light travel? Why does changing the amplitude or frequency of a light or sound wave change its behavior? Answer these questions and examine what happens when sound and light waves encounter different materials through hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Wave and their Applications, Energy Transfer, Observing and Analyzing Data

For sound-wave focused Traveling Education program, we offer Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth.

Invisible Forces

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

What causes static electricity? What makes a magnet? How is lightning formed? Why do the lights go on and off with the flick of a switch? How is current electricity generated? Are magnetic and electrical forces related? Explore the answers to these questions, and more, through hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Forces and Motion, Forms of Energy, Matter and Its Interactions, Observing and Analyzing Data

Animal Tracks and Signs

Grades: K-2, 3-5 

What is living wild on the EcoTarium grounds? After an indoor, hands-on learning session with real biofacts, go outdoors and search high and low for animal evidence.  Indoor program available for inclement weather. 

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Biological Diversity, Ecosystem Interactions, Habitat Exploration

Wide World of Insects

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8   

Available May - June and September - October

How do entomologists study insects that live in different habitats? Experience a real-world science expedition when you head outside to collect insects and other invertebrates using scientific tools and methods.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Life Cycles, Ecosystem Interactions, Earth and Human Activity, Using Scientific Tools

Pond Ecosystems

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, HS

Available March - June and September - November

What life forms live in our pond? Is this ecosystem healthy? Answer these questions and more after visiting our pond habitat and using authentic scientific tools to collect and observe microscopic organisms.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Life Cycles, Food Webs, Measuring and Modeling Data

Traveling & Onsite:

Touchable Tales

Grades: PreK-K, 1 

How do animals find their homes, food, and friends? Learn about animal adaptations by exploring how different animals use their tails for survival through a themed storybook reading, touchable pelts and other natural history biofacts, and a visit with a live animal. 

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Adaptations, Ecosystem Interactions, Using Our 5 Senses

Turtle Travels

Grades: PreK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

How do turtles survive in different habitats? How might their behavior change when humans move in? Meet a live turtle, handle real turtle biofacts and gather information about turtle adaptations and life cycle in this interactive program! Upper elementary students (grades 3+) will also take on a real-world conservation issue as they work with classmates to develop a parcel of land while still keeping the needs of local turtles in mind.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Life Cycles and Adaptations, Humans and the Environment, Ecosystem Dynamics, Building Evidence-based arguments

Traveling program restricted to Massachusetts locations

Animal Adaptations

Grades: 2, 3-5, 6-8

What structures and behaviors do animals exhibit that help them survive? Compare the adaptations of a live animal to the observed adaptations of biofacts such as bones and animal pelts. Draw conclusions about how structure and function influence evolutionary success.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Adaptations, Biological Evolution, Examining Structure and Function

Build Your World

Grades: PreK-3

What properties make a structure stand or a bridge span? Discover your inner engineer as you manipulate materials in a real-life building design challenge.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Motion and Stability, Engineering Design and Process

Designing For Wind

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

How can you design an efficient wind turbine that converts wind energy into electricity? Build a working wind turbine, measure its performance, and learn firsthand how the design process can create better products!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Energy Transfer, Natural Resource Use, Engineering Design and Process

Rocket Launch

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

Does a rocket’s shape affect its flight? Use engineering, math and physics to design and build rocket prototypes. Test your design outside or in a gymnasium using an air powered rocket launcher to launch your paper rockets up to 40’ in the air!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Energy and Forces, Engineering Design and Process

Understanding Weather

Companion Program to The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington Exhibit
Grades: 2, 3-5, 6-8

Why does the weather change from day to day and season to season? How are weather and climate different? What variables affect the weather? Experience the forces driving weather through interactive demonstrations, careful observation, and scientific analysis.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Earth’s Systems, Matter and Its Interactions, Observing and Analyzing Data

The Sun and the Seasons

This program is offered as a Traveling Education program only. For onsite programming, we recommend our educator led planetarium program: Earth Seasons, Moon Phases. 

Grades: 2, 3-5, 6-8

How do the relative positions of the sun and earth change over the course of the day and the course of the year? Measure these changes through hands' on activities and demonstrations and discover the reason for the seasons!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Earth's Place in the Universe, Seasonal Patterns of Change, Using Models and Scientific Tools

Gobal Soundscapes: Mission to Explore the Earth

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

Our world is full of sound! Go on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound waves and the emerging field of soundscape ecology. Explore basic acoustics in an educator-led participatory experience with incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal chords, and more. The Traveling film has been reformatted to include a real-life investigation of a New England species. Discover what soundscapes tell us about the health of our planet. Distributed by Foxfire Interactive.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Waves and Their Applications, Ecosystem Dynamics, Biological Evolution, Observing and Analyzing Data