WORCESTER, MASS. – The EcoTarium is pleased to announce its recent hire of Kerry E. Castorano as Director of Institutional Advancement. In this senior management role, Castorano is responsible for expanding and providing leadership to the museum’s development and awareness efforts in support of the advancement of the EcoTarium’s mission to inspire a passion for science and nature.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Kerry to the EcoTarium team. Her extensive background and experience in fundraising and the museum field will be important assets to the EcoTarium’s continued growth in our community,” said EcoTarium President Joseph P. Cox.
Castorano has more than ten years experience working in non-profit organizations. Her development experience includes grant writing, fundraising, special events, and corporate and foundation relations. Previous positions held include grant writing for The Community Group in Lawrence, Mass., Corporate & Foundations Relations Manager for The Trustees of Reservations in Beverly, Mass., and Director of Development at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass.
“The EcoTarium’s mission to inspire a passion for science and nature resonates with me on a personal level,” said Castorano. She added, “I have heard countless stories from parents, and even grandparents, who came to the museum when they were young. Now they are bringing the next generation. It is a privilege to be part of such an iconic institution.”
Castorano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Anthropology from Brandeis University. She was a 2007 recipient of Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty.” She is a former member of the U.S. World Cup fencing team as well as a 1-time individual and 2-time team NCAA fencing champion. Castorano currently resides in Groton with her husband and two children.
EcoTarium is New England's leading museum of science and nature, an indoor-outdoor experience dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. Founded in 1825, it has been a leader in informal science and nature education for nearly 200 years, and today welcomes more than 150,000 visitors per year. Highlights of the 55-acre campus include a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits, the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through forest and meadow, seasonal narrow-gauge railroad Explorer Express Train, and its expansive interactive outdoor exhibit, Nature Explore®.
The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. General admission is $18 for adults, $14 for children 2-18, $14 for seniors 65+ and students with ID, and children under 2 are free. WOO Pass holders receive $2 off general admission for up to four people. Planetarium shows and Explorer Express Train require additional ticket. Parking is free.
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