Teacher and Group Resources

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.

The EcoTarium's Education Programs are correlated with the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations. Additionally, the EcoTarium has incorporated the Common Core Standards for Math and English Language Arts, as well as Literacy in Science subjects where appropriate.

Teachers, you can scout out the museum's exhibits and grounds prior to your school's field trip. Just show your educator ID and get free General Admission. And, sign up for our e-newsletter (check out the "sign up" section on our main menu on the left) to receive informative educator-specific emails.

Funding For Field Trip Transportation

Here are opportunities available to help Massachusetts School Groups (Grades K-12) cover transportation costs for field trips:

Professional Development for Teachers

The EcoTarium is committed to supporting systemic reform in PreK-12 education. We work with school districts and other educational organizations to support both individual teachers as well as schools as they implement Massachusetts' educational reform initiatives. We do this through workshops for teachers as well as through ongoing partnerships with local schools.

Each partnership is designed to provide teachers with ongoing support and training on a variety of topics including environmental sciences, urban ecology, inquiry-based learning, integration of computer technologies, and the implementation of national, state, and local curriculum frameworks and standards.

Interested in learning more about collaborating with the EcoTarium?  Email us at profdev@ecotarium.org.

Collaborations with Teachers and Schools

Educational and professional development programs are organized through the Arthur M. Pappas Center for School Programs and the C. Jean McDonough Center for School Partnerships.

Through the C. Jean McDonough Center for School Partnerships, the EcoTarium works with teachers throughout Central Massachusetts to bring science and nature curriculum alive in the classroom. Collaborative projects use inquiry-based methods and provide professional development support for classroom teachers as lifelong learners.

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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 reservations@ecotarium.org.