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EcoTarium

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604, 508-929-2700
Sun: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Experience hands-on exhibits and make new discoveries, indoors and outdoors, at the EcoTarium, New England's leading museum for science and nature. The museum includes three floors of interactive exhibits, the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through its forest and meadow, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal), and its newest outdoor interactive exhibit, Nature Explore®. Rain or shine, summer or winter, theres always something new happening at the EcoTarium. Group rates are available. The EcoTarium offers a year-round calendar of events and exhibits. Parking is free. Pets are prohibited by USDA.
Wednesdays, through Dec 20, Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec 31, City Science: The Science You Live
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jan 7, 2018, Did Dinosaurs Poop?

Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604, 508-753-6087
Sun: 12:30 PM-4:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England. With over 400 acres, featuring more than five miles of marked trails, we offer programs for people of all ages, a gift shop, book store, nature exhibits, and meeting space.  We also serve as a visitor information center for the National Park Service's John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Our Nature Center and restrooms are universally accessible. Our Sensory Trail features a post/rope guide over packed gravel/boardwalk with an available audio tour, Braille signs, and a tactile map as it is our goal to make our sanctuaries welcoming and accessible for all to enjoy.

Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Wednesdays, through Dec 27, Wednesday Volunteer Day
Sunday, Nov 19, Plants Everyone Should Know: Learn to Indentify Evergreens
Tuesdays, Nov 28 - Feb 6, Discovering Nature for Children Ages 5 to 8: Winter 2017 Session-Tuesday

Mass. Wildlife Headquarters

1 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581, 508-389-6300

Park Spirit of Worcester

Worcester, MA 01602
A Non-Profit Advocacy Group for Worcester's Parks

Perkins Farm

949 Grafton Street, Worcester, MA 01604

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505, 508-869-6111
Sun: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
A year-round display of blooming plants, featuring two conservatories filled with flowering subtropical plants in winter, citrus and palm trees, seasonal displays, and special events. Distinctive gardens showcasing more than 350 varieties of trees and shrubs in the Lawn Garden alone, along with evergreens and fruiting plants, woodland trails, meadows, gift shop, library, café. Dozens of educational and artistic programs for adults and youths, some eligible for college credit. Open Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm and holiday Mondays. Twigs Cafe serves lunch 11am-3pm. Library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Guided Tour every Sunday at 2pm. Horticultural Hotline operates on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm for gardening questions. Call the telephone number or sign on to the website for details and directions; group rates available.
Sundays, through Dec 17, Sunday Garden Tour
Fridays, through Dec 29, Storytime in the Conservatories
Sundays, through Nov 19, Botanical Art: Seedpods & Gourds in Colored Pencil

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