With advance reservations, the EcoTarium offers discounted admission for groups of 10 or more; 5 or more for special needs groups.

A variety of educational programs are also available for school, scout and recreational youth groups. A minimum charge applies for all group programs.

A Guide for Programs & Education

For your convenience, you may download a PDF of our Programs & Education guide below


School Trip Groups

Groups receive full access to our museum and grounds. School personnel (with educator ID) receive free admission during field trips up to a 1:5 ratio.

  • Rate: $8 per person
  • Minimum booking: 10 students, 5 for special needs groups
  • Additional adults must pay group rate and will be listed as Chaperones in the reservation booking.

Add On Education Programs

Enhance your group’s experience with these additional options:

Traveling Education Program

Available through June 19, 2020

Each program session is 45 minutes. Travel fees apply for sites more than 15 miles one-way from the museum. Additional fees apply when booking programs at non-consecutive times or when booking more than one program topic. Inclusion of live animal for traveling programs is dependent upon distance from museum and number of programs requested per day. Additional stipulations and fees may apply.

Pricing: (same program, consecutive sessions at the same location)

Up to 30 students in grades preK-8:

$300 for the first session, $150 for each additional session (same program, consecutive sessions) at the same location. Animal Adaptations and Understanding Weather can accommodate up to 50 students.

50 person programs:

$400 for the first session, $250 for each additional session

Offered for Animal Adaptions, Understanding Weather, and Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth only.

Non-School Groups

Families, scout, recreation, adult organizations

Groups receive full access to our museum and grounds.

  • Rate: $12 per person
  • Minimum booking: 10 people


Call 508.929.2703 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or click here to email reservations@ecotarium.org

Please reserve your date at least 3 weeks in advance.  Reservations made less than three weeks from visit may be subject to restricted program options and must submit the 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.  Reserve early to book programs during May and June.

A confirmation of your reservation will be sent upon receipt of your deposit or purchase order. Your reservation cannot be confirmed without a deposit. Deposits may be paid by check or credit card. Purchase orders are only accepted for onsite field trip programs and for the full amount.

Onsite Reservation Information and Payment Policy: A non-refundable deposit of 50% and updated group numbers are required three weeks before your visit. All students, teachers and chaperones must be included in the group reservation and paid for by one contact person. All Education Program charges are per person, including teachers. The final headcount is required 48 hours prior to your visit. Day of refunds will not be processed if you arrive with fewer than booked.

EcoTarium membership, promotional coupons, or library passes cannot be used toward group General Admission, free admission or program fees.

Blackout dates may apply for certain programs. Administrative charges may be assessed for special requests. All fees are non-refundable.

Weather policy: If Worcester Public School District is in session, we are open.  If your school has a delay or is cancelled due to weather, we will work with you to reschedule your onsite field trip or traveling education program.