With advance reservations, the EcoTarium offers discounted admission for groups of 10 or more; 5 or more for special needs groups. A variety of educational programs are also available for school, scout and recreational youth groups. A minimum charge applies for all group programs.
Group rate is $8 General Admission per Student and Chaperone gives full access to our museum and grounds. Admission is free for Teachers with educator ID. Minimum booking is 10 children, 5 for special needs groups. One adult chaperone is required per 10 children (1:5 for preschool groups).
Education Programs enhance your group’s experience and are an additional $5 per person, including teachers.
- PreK-12 Onsite Education Programs: Add $5 per person. Minimum charge is $100 per group.
- PreK-12 Planetarium and Theater Programs: Add $5 per person. Minimum charge is $100 per group.
The Explorer Express Train (seasonal) offers an enjoyable 12-minute ride around our property and is an additional $3 per person. (Minimum charge is $60 per group.)
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required three weeks before your visit. All students, teachers and chaperones must be included in the group reservation and paid for by one contact person. Teachers receive free General Admission to the museum but all Education Program charges are per person, including teachers. The total headcount is required two weeks before your visit. The balance is due upon arrival.
Education Programs last 45 minutes and must be reserved at least three weeks in advance. Program capacity ranges from 30-100 students; we can discuss all options when you contact our Reservations team.
Much of the museum and grounds is wheelchair accessible, including a car on the Explorer Express Train. We will work with you to meet your group’s specific needs. Please let us know during booking if you need free admission for a one-on-one aide.
Lunch and Parking
A first-come, first-served indoor snack area offers space for group lunches year-round. Your group can enjoy lunch in our outdoor tent, spring to fall. Food service is available during summer months only. Parking is convenient and free!
Traveling Education Program: Pricing and Information
Our Traveling Education Programs are available September 1, 2017 - June 20, 2019.
The cost for EcoTarium Traveling Education Programs is $300 for the first session (up to 30 students in grades preK-8), $150 for each additional session (same program, consecutive sessions) at the same location. Animal Adaptations and Understanding Weather can accommodate up to 50 students. Pricing for 50 person programs is $400 for the first session, $250 for each additional session.
Each program session is 45 minutes. Travel fees apply for sites more than 15 miles one-way from the museum. Additional fees apply when booking programs at non-consecutive times or when booking more than one program topic. Additional stipulations and fees may apply.
Traveling Education Program Reservations Information
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required three weeks before the visit. The final, non-refundable payment is due two weeks before the visit.
Special Programs: Pricing and Information
Our special programs have unique pricing structures and booking logistics. Please click on the Program links for more information.
- $50 per person, including children and adult chaperones.
- Minimum group size is 28 people. Smaller groups, please call 508.929.2703 for details.
- A 50% non-refundable deposit of the program cost is due at booking.
- The final, non-refundable payment is required two weeks prior to visit date.
The Wild Toys Animal Adventure is $25 per person in addition to the $8 group rate General Admission per person. Minimum of 10 people required, maximum group size is 20, including teachers and chaperones. The program is 90 minutes.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program cost is due within two weeks of making a reservation. The final, non-refundable payment is due two weeks before the visit. All students, teachers and chaperones must be included in the group reservation and paid for by one contact person. There is no admission discount for teachers. Only one Wild Toys Animal Adventure available per day.
Book Your Reservation
Call 508.929.2703 Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or email .
Please reserve your date at least three weeks in advance. Reservations made less than three weeks from visit may be subject to restricted program options and must submit the 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.
To book programs during May and June, we recommend reserving early for maximum program choice.
A confirmation of your reservation will be sent upon receipt of your deposit or purchase order. Your reservation cannot be confirmed without a deposit or purchase order. Deposits may be paid by check or credit card. Purchase orders are accepted for the full amount.
EcoTarium membership, promotional coupons, or library passes cannot be used toward group General Admission or program fees. Unless otherwise specified, teachers can show their educator ID for free General Admission at any time (excludes special events).
Blackout dates may apply for certain programs. Administrative charges may be assessed for special requests. No changes are accepted within two weeks of your arrival date. All fees are non-refundable.
Mail remittance to:
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, Massachusetts 01604-1899