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DinoTracks, EcoTarium in Worcester

Life-size replica of a dilophosaurus is one of three full-scale dinosaur models on display at the EcoTarium in Worcester.

JULIEANE K. FROST

Life-size replica of a dilophosaurus is one of three full-scale dinosaur models on display at the EcoTarium in Worcester.

WORCESTER — The EcoTarium, a sprawling science and nature center, is taking a page from Jurassic Park with its new DinoTracks exhibit, featuring life-size replicas of three dinosaurs: dilophosaurus, coelophysis,and stegosaurus.

 The interactive exhibit uses fossils as a springboard for learning about the dinosaurs that once roamed New England. Visitors can practice tracking skills on a 15-by-20-foot photo reproduction of real track ways discovered in the Connecticut River Valley, step into life-size dinosaur prints, and touch a real footprint found in a Holyoke backyard, hear and feel the footsteps of a dinosaur when they sit on the Jurassic Park Bench, and discover how to “read” fossil tracks to measure a dinosaur’s speed, size, and activity.

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The indoor exhibit, presented in English, Spanish, and French, continues through Memorial Day. Saturday is “Super-Saurus Saturday” with interactive activities at 2:30 p.m.

Eco-Tarium 222 Harrington Way, 508-929-2700, www.ecotarium.org. Admission $14 adults, $10 seniors and students with ID, $8 ages 2-18. Closed Monday.

ELLEN ALBANESE

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