Fascinating Ways to Learn Out of the Classroom

Virtual Education Programs

  • Cost: $165 for 45 minutes for up to 45 students
  • Platform: Zoom or Google Meet preferred; link and guidelines provided prior to session.
Build Your World

Think you need concrete and steel to build bridges? Think again! Using the engineering design process, students explore the forces of motion and work in small groups to plan, test and build a way across a "river" using a simple material.  Will it hold up to an earthquake? What about a tornado? Student engineers investigate and evaluate. *Blocks will be provided on loan. Museum will arrange pickup and drop-off.   

  • Grades K-3 
  • Science concepts: forces, motion, and stability; observing and analyzing data, engineering design
  • Travel/Material Fees: Material drop-off and pick-up requires twice the time and travel of an in-person program for our staff. Fees are calculated from the EcoTarium to the pick-up/drop-off site.
    • Within 10 miles of the EcoTarium- no charge
    • Within 11-20 miles- $40
    • Within 21-40 miles- $80
    • Within 41-60 miles- $120
Animal Adaptations

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.

  • Grades: 2-8
  • Science Concepts and Behaviors: Animal Adaptations, Biological Evolution, Examining Structure and Function
  • Option for younger audiences – Touchable Tales
Understanding Weather

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.

  • Grades 2-8
  • Science Concepts and Behaviors: Earth’s Systems, Matter and Its Interactions, Observing and Analyzing Data

Virtual Astronomy Programs

Can’t charter a rocket? Bring the universe to you! With the help of our Digitarium®SkyBox system and an EcoTarium educator, you can explore outer space without even leaving our atmosphere.

  • Cost: $165 for 45 minutes for up to 45 students
  • Platform: Zoom or Google Meet preferred; link and guidelines provided prior to session.
Grand Tour of the Solar System

Earth may be home, but we're not the only ones traveling around the sun! Explore all of the rocky, gaseous, stormy, and cratered words within our solar system. Land on Mars, discover Jupiter's icy moons, and even pay Pluto a visit. Buckle up, and prepare for a journey of over ten billion miles! 

Grades 1-8, high school
Science Concepts: Earth’s Systems, Earth’s Place in the Universe, Weather & Climate, Matter and its Interactions

Stars and Constellations

Look up on a clear night, and you're able to see almost five thousand stars without a telescope. But what is a star? How are they made? And do they really make pictures in the sky? Identify seasonal constellations, then rocket out of our solar system to explore stellar clusters and nebulae light years away! 

Grades 1-8, high school

Science Concepts: Earth’s Systems, Earth’s Place in the Universe, Weather & Climate, Matter and its Interactions

The Sky Tonight

What's that in the sky? It's not a bird or a plane, but it might be a planet, a moon, a meteor or a star! Join us to discover what to look for when the sun goes down. From constellations and moon phases to planetary conjunctions and more-- learn about the astronomical events happening right now. 

Grades 1-8, high school

Science Concepts: Earth’s Systems, Earth’s Place in the Universe, Weather & Climate, Matter and its Interactions

SkyBox For Web

Virtual Animal Encounters

  • Available Monday – Thursday 11:00a.m. , 1:00p.m. , 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $165 for one hour for up to 45 students
  • Platform: Zoom; link and guidelines provided prior to session
Red Fox
  • $165 per hour for up to 45 students
  • Grades: K-12

This program features our resident fox, Socks. Wildlife keepers will highlight why wild animals do not make good pets and what you should do if you ever find an injured or baby animal in your own backyard. You will learn about the natural history of red foxes and the special adaptations they possess which make them suitable for the New England climate. You will also watch a positive reinforcement training session with “Socks” and learn about how training helps animals under human care participate in their own medical care!

North American River Otters
  • $165 per hour for up to 45 students
  • Grades: K-12

This program features our two resident North American river otters, Slydell and Daisy. Wildlife keepers will highlight the threats that all 13 species of otters are facing and how these threats are leading to endangerment and extinction of otters around the globe. You will learn about the incredible adaptations of river otters and why they are an environmental indicator species. You will get to watch a positive reinforcement training session with both otters and learn about what river otters eat in their natural environment and here at the EcoTarium!

Mountain Lions
  • $165 per hour for up to 45 students
  • Grades: K-12

This program features our two resident mountain lion siblings, Salton and Freyja. Wildlife keepers will tell the story of how Salton and Freyja came to reside at the EcoTarium. You will learn about the former expansive range of mountain lions and why they are no longer found in New England today. You will learn about the current threats that mountain lions are facing daily but how their ability to thrive in different habitats have helped them to adapt and survive. You will get to watch a positive reinforcement training session and learn about what it takes to care for our sibling mountain lions! 

Educational content, activities and creative projects can be found: At Home Resources


  • Please send requests at least 1 week in advance of the requested date/s. Subject to availability. 

  • Group Leader/Main contact will provide a platform link to the museum prior to the meeting.

  • If a group is unable to provide the link, we can provide the link.

  • A confirmation of your reservation will be sent upon receipt of your full payment. Your reservation cannot be confirmed without payment.

  • Payments may be paid by check or credit card. Blackout dates may apply for certain programs. 

  • Administrative charges may be assessed for special requests. All fees are non-refundable.