WORCESTER — The EcoTarium is pleased to be named as a finalist for the 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards presented by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN). Finalists will be recognized and Excellence Awards presented at MNN’s celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday on June 9 that highlights the work of the nonprofit sector and raises awareness of causes throughout Massachusetts.
Excellence Award finalists are nominated by community members and peers and selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. The EcoTarium is a finalist in the Collaboration category. This nomination recognizes the museum’s role in leading the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EEC), an ongoing 10-year partnership of smaller New England museums. EEC provides partner museums with the capacity to act as if they are a larger, comprehensively resourced entity by collectively developing, creating and disseminating interactive traveling exhibits for family audiences.
“Collaboration is one of our core values at the EcoTarium, so we are honored to be named as a finalist in this category. Developing strong partnerships locally, regionally, and nationally allows us to continue to inspire a passion for science and nature – our goal since being founded in 1825,” said Joseph Cox, President of the EcoTarium.
“Nonprofit Awareness Day was created to recognize the impact and importance of the more than 33,000 nonprofits and almost half a million nonprofit employees that provide invaluable services and are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “The Excellence Award finalists truly exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth.”
About the EcoTarium
EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor experience dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The center includes a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad.
The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children 2-18, $10 for seniors 65+ and students with ID. WOO card holders receive $2 off admission for up to four people. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.ecotarium.org.
About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the entire nonprofit sector in Massachusetts. MNN was launched in 2007 and is the only statewide organization dedicated to strengthening communities by serving nonprofit organizations through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. MNN has more than 625 member organizations, representing nonprofits in every part of Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands. For more information about the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, visit www.massnonprofitnet.org
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