Annual Appeal: We Couldn't Do it Without You!

It is an exciting time at the EcoTarium! With our energies focused on collaborating with educational institutions to ensure that young people are exposed to STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art and math), and also on ensuring that our exhibits, activities and programs fulfill our mission to inspire a passion for science and nature, we are proud to know we are making a difference in our communities. And, providing an affordable and accessible EcoTarium experience remains a fundamental commitment, as does our devotion to ecological awareness and excellence in wildlife care. We couldn’t do it without you!

Through generous support of donors like you, we are pleased to report the following successes since last year:

  • We opened our expansive Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit, which supports whole-child development and learning, and received National Certification as a “Nature Explore Classroom” by the Nature Explore® organization.
  • Nearly 25,000 students, as part of educational group field trips, learned about science and nature through hands-on explorations at the EcoTarium.
  • Approximately 15,000 people were granted free admission through a variety of programs and partnerships.
  • More than 300 incoming kindergarten children, along with their families, were welcomed to our first Countdown to Kindergarten: Worcester, a free program designed to engage children in education and learning early to help reduce fears about transitioning to school.
  • We welcomed 150 7th and 8th grade girls from Worcester’s underserved middle schools to the 2014 Women in Science Conference, providing workshops on various STEM careers.

And let’s not forget…

  • More than 100 happy and healthy animals receive daily interaction through feedings, veterinary care, training, and enrichment, by our dedicated and experienced wildlife staff and volunteers. Animals are a wonderful way to spark children’s interest in science and nature!

How to Donate:

  • Use our secure online form below,
  • Or download a donation form and mail your check to EcoTarium, Attn: Development Department, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
If you would like to leave a gift to the EcoTarium in your will, please contact Tracy Dill, Manager of Major Gifts, at or 508-929-2715.