Update: During early summer, the EcoTarium offers a virtual summer camp.  Find the information here.

At EcoTarium Discovery Summer Camp, campers become immersed in hands-on science and nature activities alongside friends old and new. A mix of traditional camp songs and games adds to the weekly experience.

EcoTarium Summer Discovery Camp 2020

Each week explores a different camp-wide theme and campers spend their time indoors and outdoors — plus a variety of the following:

  • Investigations and experiments led by museum educators
  • Live animal encounters from our wildlife animal ambassadors
  • Exploration across 45 acres of meadow, pond, and forest habitats
  • Daily shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium
  • Up close look at behind-the-scenes items from our museum collections

Campers are placed in three age groups:

  • Tadpoles (4½-6 half-day, 5-6 full-day)
  • Tadpole programming is distinct from that of other campers in order to center age-appropriate routines and activities.
  • Investigators (7-12)
  • Investigators will be divided into smaller groups based on camper numbers and ages each week.
  • Counselors-in-Training (13-14)

General Information:

  • Register: Online using links below or call 508.929.2703
  • Camper age: MUST be 4½ (half day program only) or 5 years old by June 22, 2020
  • Camp hours: 9:00am-4:00pm; Half-day Tadpole (ages 4 ½ – 6) hours: 9:00am-12:30pm
  • AM and PM extended care: Available for an additional charge, see below for information
  • Parent orientation: Wednesday, June 10, 2020; 5:00- 5:45pm OR 6:00 – 6:45pm
2020 Summer Discovery Camp Schedule and Registration

July 6 – July 10: ImagiNature

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Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs
Spark your creativity, imagination, and wonder as you explore science and nature through art, movement, and storytelling.

July 13 – July 17 Mission: Earth and Space
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Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs
Journey around the Earth and beyond the Solar System as you take on stellar science and astronomical engineering challenges.

July 20 – July 24: Outdoor Adventures
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Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs
Construct shelters, catch frogs, and explore the woods as you practice the skills you need to enjoy the great outdoors.

July 27 – July 31: Solve it with STEM
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Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs
Engineer solutions to real-world problems found in your backyard and across the globe.

August 3 – August 7: Spies and Mysteries
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Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs
Solve an exciting EcoTarium mystery using imagination, forensic science, technology, and engineering.

August 10 – August 14: Animal Treats and Training
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Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs
Discover the challenges and rewards of being a zookeeper as you learn how to keep creatures happy and healthy.

August 17 – August 21: Wild About Nature
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Open to ages 4½-10
Explore the museum’s historic collections and try your hand at modern methods for studying the beauty and diversity of nature.


Camp Pricing (per week):

  • Ages 7–14* (Investigators and CITs): $345 for members, $365 for non-members
  • Ages 4.5–6 (Tadpoles) Half Day: $195
  • Ages 5–6 (Tadpoles) Full Day): $360 for members, $380 for non-members

Extended Care:
Extended care hours are offered:

  • AM: 7:30am-9:00am $75 per week
  • PM: 4:00pm – 5:30pm $75 per week

Deposits & Payments:

  • Phone: 50% per session per child (balance due May 15, 2020)
  • Online: paid in full at time of registration
  • All camp deposits and payments are nonrefundable
Forms and Info

Parent Information: Summer Camp Parent Welcome Packet 2020

Required Forms:

  • Camper forms are going digital! Starting February 1, 2020, all of our camper paperwork (except initial registration & payment) can be submitted online through CampDoc. An online link to complete your required camp paperwork through CampDoc will be sent to you via email after your initial registration through the EcoTarium.
  • Required camp paperwork includes acknowledgement of our camp guidelines, as well as required health forms, permission forms, and waivers. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to complete and return these forms before the child attends camp. State and local camp regulations require us to send your child home if we do not have these forms on file.
  • If you have any questions about the camp paperwork process, please contact our Camp Director at campdirector@ecotarium.org or 508.929.2721.

This camp complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health.

Summer Camps at EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way, Worcester MA 508-929-2700

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