Earth Day Celebration

April 25, 2014

Join us for the EcoTarium's 25th annual Earth Day Celebration!


Friday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The EcoTarium's Earth Day Celebration is one of Worcester's most popular Earth Day traditions. Everyone enjoys half price admission, lots of indoor and outdoor family-friendly activities, and, of course, the EcoTarium's beautiful trails, ponds, and woods that are bursting with new life.

Come meet Plum!

Be one of the first to meet Plum, a friendly alien who helps connect kids to nature through PBS KIDS' newest project, Plum Landing!  Our friends from WGBH will be at the EcoTarium on Earth Day to introduce this brand new web-original that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities, live-action videos to engage 6- to 9-year-olds in the natural world. In addition, free screenings of Plum Landing will be shown in the planetarium at 1 and 4 p.m. 

Earth Day Admission: $7 adults, $4 children 2-18, $5 seniors and students with ID; free for EcoTarium members. (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 Interstate Batteries.  This year, the event is also part of the Cambridge Science Festival.


Earth Day Celebration Schedule

Tabletop Activity:

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Naturalist's Backpack
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  The Naturalist's Backpack

Science Discovery Programs:

11:00 a.m.  Unpacking the Naturalist's Toolkit
12:30 p.m.  Searching for Life in the Spring Pond
1:30 p.m.  Insect Hunters
2:30 p.m.  The Secrets of Animal Tracking
3:30 p.m.  Capturing Animal Sounds

Earth Day Activities:

On the Sundial Plaza
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Worcester Sharks Shoot-out
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chalk Mural - be a part of community art
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wiffle Works - build structures with recycled materials

In the Lower Courtyard
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Worcester Children's Museum  - build your own Fairy House
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chuck & Mud - perform family folk music

At the Event Tent
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Over 25 local green and cultural organizations, featuring family activities, giveaways, crafts, + more!
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. REC's Mobile Farmer's Market, farm-fresh veggies and seedlings for sale
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. WRTA's new Electric Bus, explore the new technology and take a picture in the driver's seat
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. REC Family Gardening Workshop - find out how composting and worms benefit soil, plus take home a seedling to plant in your garden!

Planetarium Schedule:

11:00 a.m.  One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
12:00 p.m.  Back to the Moon For Good
1:00 p.m. Plum Landing screening (free!)
2:00 p.m.  Cosmic Collisions
3:00 p.m.  Forces of Nature
4:00 p.m. Plum Landing screening (free!)
Planetarium tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk on the day of your visit.
Tickets: $5.00 per person/$4.00 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.