Field Trips and Education

Inspire a Passion for Science and Nature

Learning and discovery are around every corner of the EcoTarium’s 55-acre grounds and three-floor museum. Whether you are a teacher, scout leader, or other youth group field trip coordinator, we look forward to helping you select the right program for your group’s next visit.

Indoors, explore a variety of science exhibits that examine the world around us, including Mount Washington, fresh and salt water habitats and New England’s forests. The Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater offers exciting educational experiences from astronomy to natural science.

Outdoors, discover nature firsthand on an easy walk along our many trails. Experience life around a pond, investigate local geology, walk through a forest or learn about meadows. Meet bald eagles, red foxes, owls, a river otter, snakes, a porcupine, and other live animals. And, check out our expansive Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit.

An indoor snack area offers space for group lunches year-round, or your group can enjoy our outdoor lunch area, weather permitting, spring to fall. Food service is available during summer months only. Parking at the EcoTarium is convenient and free!

If you are unable to bring your group to the EcoTarium, let the EcoTarium come to you! Our Traveling Education Programs offer convenient, affordable, and unique science and nature learning experiences at your location. You provide the space and the EcoTarium provides a Museum Educator and all materials needed for hands-on exploration. (Look for the “It Travels” icon next to available programs.) Our Traveling Education Programs are available October 2016 - April 2017.

For a unique and fun-filled educational experience, your group may be interested in our Night Journeys: Overnight Adventures program, where youth groups spend a night in our museum. Night Journey programs include a digital planetarium program, live animal encounter and other hands-on activities that enhance your group’s learning, with six different science and nature themes to choose from. And, many programs allow scouts to work towards badges. Another special add-on experience, Wild Toys Animal Adventure, offers smaller groups a more personalized program to learn about the natural behaviors of wildlife. 

Field Trips and Traveling Education Programs Planning Guide

For your convenience, you may download a PDF of our Field Trips and Traveling Education Programs Planning Guide.

Pricing and Reservations

Please visit Group Visits for pricing and reservations information.

For reservations or for more information, please call us at 508.929.2703 or email