Earth Day Celebration | EcoTarium

Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rain or shine! 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 Celebration is presented by the EcoTarium and the Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts (REC).

Earth Day Celebration Schedule

Earth Day Activities:

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; facepainting from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet the Worcester Bravehearts' Jake the Lion and TRAX from the Worcester Railers HC roaming around the museum and grounds.

On the Lower Courtyard (rain location: Event Tent)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m Enjoy Today's Variety with 96 1 SRS

In Nature Explore (rain location: Hirsh Center - lower level of museum)
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Live music performance by Chuck & Mud

Science Discovery programs:

  • 11:30 a.m. Stowaway Seeds
    Who plants the trees in the forest or the flowers in the field? Sometimes seeds just hitch a ride aboard (or inside) a furry critter! A storybook reading, hands-on activity and live animal visit demonstrate how animals’ fur and diets help wild gardens grow.
  • 12:30 p.m. From Root to Fruit
    Potato eyes, rose hips, celery ribs… plants have physical features, too! Use song, dance, and experimentation to explore how a plant’s anatomy helps keep both plants and people healthy.
  • 2:30 p.m. From Breeze to Peas
    Blow on a dandelion puffball, and you’ll start its seeds on an amazing journey across the street, or across the country. Discover how seeds adapt their shapes and sizes to harness the power of the wind, water or gravity, to finally take root in diverse landscapes.  
  • 3:30 p.m. Pollination Station
    Chocolate…watermelon…coffee…most of the world’s crops depend on pollination to survive. Learn how an elaborate dance helps bees find flowers, and take a stab at pollinating a flower of your own.  

Planetarium Shows*

*Tickets to shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater 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

Special Offer

When you join or renew an EcoTarium membership during your visit at the Family/Grandparent Plus level or higher, get a free EcoTarium water bottle! (while supplies last)


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.