Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don't miss Worcester's annual Earth Day Celebration with lots of indoor and outdoor Earth-friendly happenings, hands-on activities and entertainment. Local green organizations and food vendors will be onsite. While you are here, be sure to explore the EcoTarium's beautiful trails, ponds, woods, and our expansive exhibit, Nature Explore,®  which are all bursting with new life!

Earth Day Admission: $7 adults, $5 children, ages 2-18, seniors and students with ID; free for EcoTarium members and children under 2. (Since admission is half price, coupons and discounts do not apply on Earth Day.)  Regular fees apply for planetarium shows.

Earth Day Celebration is presented by the EcoTarium and the Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts, and sponsored by Clif Bar and  Baystate Parent Magazine.

Plum Landing

Our friends at WGBH will be here to present PBS Kids' Plum Landing videos in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater and provide handouts to families with ideas for exciting hands-on and outdoor activities.

Earth Day Celebration Schedule

Science Discovery Programs:

11:30 a.m. Story Time Structures Join us in our Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit and listen to the Three Little Pigs story, then build with straw, wood and bricks, and use wolf mask to blow down your house.

12:30 p.m. KEVA Build a World Use KEVA planks to create a world where water meets land – from building your own island in the water to creating a lake full of fish on land – you can do it!

2:30 p.m.  Designing Animal Toys Using recycled materials design and build puzzle toys and structures to enrich our animals’ lives.

3:30 p.m. Tower Power! What factors do architects have to consider when designing a tall tower? Let’s build a tower and put it to the test.

Earth Day Activities:

Inside the Museum
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Imagination Playground, Hirsh Center (Lower Level)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. KEVA Brain Builders Challenges, Middle Level

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sample Clif Bar products on the Lower Level 
*while supplies last

1:30-3:30 p.m. Green Construction Zone, Hirsh Center (Lower Level)

1:30-3:30 p.m. KEVA Brain Builders Challenges, Middle Level

On the Sundial Plaza
Invention Space: make your own moving inventions on a giant gear board. Share your innovations by writing or drawing what you’ve invented (or plan to invent) on the chalkboard.

On the Lower Courtyard
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sample Polar Beverages featuring Grapefruit Dry and Orange Dry sodas
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m Music by 96.1 WSRS

In Nature Explore
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Live music performance by Chuck & Friends

At the Event Tent
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Local green and cultural organizations, with family activities, giveaways, and more and featuring REC's Mobile Farmer's Market.

Planetarium Schedule:

Tickets can be purchased at the Tickets and Information Desk on the day of your visit.

Tickets: $5 per person (plus museum admission)/$4 per person for EcoTarium members


Lunch, snacks, and festival foods will be available for purchase between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level. In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds.