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L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley

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14 Easler Road
Hinckley, ME
238-4250 http://www.gwh.org/lcbates/

January 2015

Winter Tracks

January 17, 2015, 1:00 PM

Explore outdoors with snow shoes to view the great amounts of animal traffic suddenly apparent in the tracks in the snow. Learn a few tips on what to look for around your home. We will have some extra snow shoes on hand for visitors. If you are bringing a large group, please call ahead. (This event will repeat on January 31.)

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International Penguin Day

January 24, 2015, 2:00 PM

Explore the penguins of the museum and discover why penguins captivate us! Learn about why most of the penguins of the world are now endangered.

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Winter Tracks

January 31, 2015, 1:00 PM

Explore outdoors with snow shoes to view the great amounts of animal traffic suddenly apparent in the tracks in the snow. Learn a few tips on what to look for around your home. We will have some extra snow shoes on hand for visitors. If you are bringing a large group, please call ahead.

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February 2015

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2015, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Come take your photo with Gertrude the Groundhog and find out her prediction for the coming winter days!

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May 2015

Seasonal Scenes: The Beauty of Rural Maine

May 8, 2015September 10, 2015
$1 – $3

"Watson Pond", by Matt Russ. The L.C. Bates Museum is proud to announce its new exhibition Seasonal Scenes: The Beauty of Rural Maine, opening on May 8, 2015. The exhibition will run through September 10, 2015. The show, the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students, Sophia Ozburn and Leah Bilodeau under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch, aims to explore the beauty of Maine’s seasons and the many ways artists…

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Wildflower Walk

May 23, 2015, 1:00 PM

Ever wondered about the little wildflowers in your woods? Come on a walk to discover the beauty of native wildflowers that have fleeting but important lives in our forest ecosystem. Learn ID tricks you can use on walks and hikes in your own neighborhood.

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Pond Exploration

May 30, 2015, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

This is wonderful time of year to explore a pond! Come join us for outdoor fun at our pond using nets to capture and release some of the interesting residents of a wetland. A museum expert will guide visitors as they explore the wonders of wetlands. The museum will have indoor activities in the case of rain. Please wear boots and clothes that you do not mind getting muddy.

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June 2015

National Trails Day at Good Will-Hinckley

June 6, 2015

8:00 AM: Bird Walk — Bring your binoculars! 1:00 PM: Trail walk for “Snack Stand,” an installation by artist David Borden This year, our National trails Day is extra special with an installation by an artist guest, David Buckley Borden who installed a special art project on our trails. Borden is partnering with Trifecta Editions on a year long project called “Hibernaculum,” an immersive installation inspired by nature! We are lucky to receive a bird snack stand for our trails…

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International Sun Day

June 21, 2015, 1:00 PM4:00 PM

Come celebrate the summer solstice and view the sun’s surface! In the USA and some other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the first day of summer. At L.C. Bates, you can look through a telescope safely at our sun, try out fun sun activities, and make your own sun model to bring home. This program with something for the whole family will explore our sun and look closely at its surface. We will see flares, sunspots…

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July 2015

Working In Fresco

July 22, 2015, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Free

Learn about the art of fresco and make your own beautiful fresco piece. Artist Barbara Sullivan will present this workshop to introduce participants to the process of making a work in fresco as they create their own work. Fresco is a technique of painting executed upon freshly-laid or wet lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the colored pigments to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of…

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August 2015

Teddy Bear Tea

August 8, 2015, 2:00 PM

Bring your favorite bear for teddy bear “tea”, learn the history of the Teddy bear, and enjoy fun teddy bear art. This is especially fun for preschooler and kindergarteners!

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Junior Docent Training

August 11, 2015, 10:00 AM12:00 PM
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Are you a junior high or senior high school student who loves the museum? We are training young people to learn to be a museum docent for three mornings in a row with fun hands-on tips and behind the scenes wonders.

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Moths and Meteors

August 15, 2015, 8:00 PM9:00 PM
Free

The Perseid meteor showers are a lovely sight in August! We will discuss the meteors, lie out in the field to view the shower, and set up moth lights and bait to enjoy some nocturnal insects that visit us. Bring a towel or blanket and a flashlight!

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September 2015

Bird Migration Walk

September 5, 2015, 1:00 PM

Discover some secrets of migration and learn who to look for in your woods and fields this time of year.

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100 Years, 100 Hikers

September 19, 2015, 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Free

Come help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dartmouth Trail on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley. We hope to have 100 people come walk the trail for our 100 Years, 100 Hikers event. We are hoping 100 hikers will help us celebrate by walking the Dartmouth Trail any time between 9 AM and 4 PM and signing our trail guest book. We will have scavenger hunts, a guided walk at 1 pm and trail maps. At the museum you…

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International Moon Night

September 19, 2015, 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Come explore all things Earth Moon! We will have out telescopes but also have indoor activities to understand moon phases and make a moon craft. This event will take place rain or shine!

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Smithsonian Museum Day

September 26, 2015, 10:00 AM4:30 PM
Free

All day is Smithsonian Museum Day, a day to honor and visit your local museums! Come visit, try out a museum scavenger hunt, and discover the gem that is the L.C. Bates Museum! Go online to print out the Smithsonian magazine coupon and your admission is free!

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October 2015

Creating Fall Art

October 10, 2015, 10:00 AM

The incredible colors of fall inspire this program filled with autumn leaves and fun. We will be outside for the program if weather permits, so wear warm clothes!

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Fall Leaves, Changing Colors, and Tree Transformations

October 17, 2015, 1:00 PM

Come on a fall walk to enjoy the leaf changes and explore the trails with a museum guide. Discover why the leaves change, create fall leaf art, and enjoy Maine’s natural wonders.

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Creepy, Crawly, Awesome Halloween Flashlight Tours

October 24, 2015, 5:30 PM8:30 PM
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:30pm, repeating until October 30, 2015

Bring a flashlight and explore the decorated museum at night! A recent favorite program in which families can view the museum in a very different way, by flashlight. Try out a scavenger hunt though the museum for some creepy fun! We will have some owl pellets to dissect, bat skulls to view and more Halloween fun. Come dressed up or not, as you desire.

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November 2015

Migration, Hibernation, and More Strategies for Survival

November 14, 2015, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

How do Maine animals survive in winter and what adaptations do they use to survive? Come on a tour with a museum guide to learn some of the amazing adaptations of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. Hibernation is one way to survive but many animals adapt by growing more fur and being active. Admission to the museum costs $3 for adults and $1 for children.

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Animals in Winter

November 28, 2015, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Forgo all that shopping! Or shop here at the museum after your fabulous Animals in Winter program! What are all the animals out there doing to survive? Not many of them are truly hibernators, so what ingenious methods do they have to help them thrive in winter? Find out the secrets of chickadees, the amazing structures built by beavers, and the incredible ability of squirrels and other animals that store food to remember over a thousand locations where food is…

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December 2015

Animals in Winter

December 5, 2015, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

What are all the animals out there doing to survive? Not many of them are truly hibernators, so what ingenious methods do they have to help them thrive in winter? Find out the secrets of chickadees, the amazing structures built by beavers, and the incredible ability of squirrels and other animals that store food to remember over a thousand locations where food is buried! Dress warmly for this, fellow mammals!

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Flora and Fauna of the Season

December 19, 2015, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Explore the animals and plants that define the holiday season. Why does Santa have reindeer? What cultures had traditions of mistletoe, holly and bringing a big green tree into their homes? Why do the Hanukah lights traditionally have olive oil in the lamp? Find out answers to these questions and make a fun holiday craft to bring home with you. Dress for the outdoors!

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Maine Birds in Winter

December 26, 2015, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

What are the birds that stay during our chilly Maine winter doing? Explore how birds adapt and survive in our northern latitude. Make a bird craft to bring home.

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January 2016

Tracks Tromp

January 16, 2016, 1:00 PM

Put on some snow shoes for a tromping adventure! (We have lots of sizes to borrow, but call ahead if you have a large group.) Beginning at the museum, come out to explore the tracks of winter animals. Discover the signs of animal life that thrive in our winter world and make some track prints to bring home with you. Dress very warmly for this adventure.

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World Penguin Day

January 23, 2016, 1:00 PM

Why are penguins around the world not doing so well? What penguins are in the museum collection? Find out some fascinating facts behind one of the worlds most adorable and well loved flightless birds. See a penguin specimen up close and make a penguin craft to bring home. Dress warmly for the adventure!

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 23, 2016, 2:00 PM

Squirrels are an often over looked and under appreciated animal. Why not celebrate them and their crucial role in our Maine forest? Come explore, look for squirrel tracks and make a squirrel craft!

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February 2016

Tracks Tromp

February 13, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM
Free

Ever wondered where all those footprints come from that you see in the snow? Learn some fun tips on tracking in the snow. Make some track flash cards after the adventure. Dress warmly! We have snow shoes to borrow if you need a pair. Call ahead if you have a large party of people.

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Year of the Monkey

February 13, 2016, 2:00 PM3:00 PM

Celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, at L.C. Bates. Come see some of our stuffed monkeys and discuss the meaning behind some of the Chinese traditions and stories of the zodiac. The monkey is viewed as intelligent, active, strong willed, and playful. Make a fun monkey craft! Dress warmly!

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Animals in Winter

February 17, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

What is happening right now in the forests and fields? Which animals hibernate? And which ones cache food or sleep only during the coldest days? Come explore the museum with a guide and learn some of the amazing adaptations animals have to survive winter. Dress warmly!

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Snow Sculpting Lesson

February 20, 2016, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Try out the joys of making snow sculptures outside the museum. There will be some packed snow, but also some great snow banks to play in. There will be tools to try and some photos of snow sculptures to inspire your creations! Dress warmly. Wear snow pants if you have them. This event is for all ages; adults will love it, too!

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March 2016

Signs of Spring

March 19, 2016, 1:00 PM

The spring equinox is on March 20 this year, but it often does not look like spring to us here in the northern latitudes! But there are signs of spring everywhere we look if we know some of nature’s secrets. Take a walk with us and learn a few of the amazing species ready to burst into spring around you!

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Museum History Tour

March 26, 2016, 1:00 PM

Come by to tour the museum and learn the historic parts of the museum from the story of how it started, the architect and the collectors. Great tour for adults or college groups!

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April 2016

Bat Appreciation Day

April 16, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Why are bats so important to our environment? What do they do that makes a huge difference in our lives and the lives of other animals? Take a tour of our bat collection with a museum guide and learn cool facts about this important and wonderful mammal! Create a fun bat craft to bring home with you.

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Celebrate Seasons!

April 19, 2016, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Now that Maine is entering into springtime, do you know why we have seasons? Why does our hemisphere experience summer solstice in June while in the Southern Hemisphere is having winter? Come do an activity to understand seasons and make your own little Earth globe to bring home!

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Amphibian Walk

April 21, 2016, 1:00 PM2:30 PM

Come on a walk to look for amphibian signs and to look at a vernal pool during the day! If we have the right timing, we will see eggs and even see some amphibians hiding in wait for night, when they become most active. Discover the courtship of amphibians in spring!

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Endangered and Extinct

April 22, 2016, 1:00 PM2:30 PM

2014 was the centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. In celebration of Earth Day, discover the story of this pigeon and other endangered animals around the museum. Make a fun animal craft to bring home and find out ways to help animals and plants around you.

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Teddy Bear Hike

April 23, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Join us for a short hike to the Roosevelt Monument. We'll talk about the things we see along the way, learn some fun exercises, and finish by making a teddy bear craft in honor of the president who loved spending time outdoors — Theodore Roosevelt. For children ages 3-7 and their grown-ups.

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Vernal Pool Walk

April 23, 2016, 7:30 PM9:30 PM
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Celebrate Environmental Education Week! On April 23, we will measure and document the vernal pool with special guest biologist Cathy Bevier. Big Night is when the first amphibians wake up during spring to migrate to breeding spots on one rainy, warm evening. It is an exciting time to go walking at night! Come join us for one of these walks in which we will learn the common frogs and salamanders that have emerged from their long winter nap. Hear the…

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May 2016

Opening Reception for Open Spaces Exhibit

May 6, 2016, 5:00 PM7:00 PM

The L.C. Bates Museum is proud to announce its new exhibition Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine, opening on May 6, 2016. The exhibit aims to explore the natural beauty of Maine’s fields and the flora and fauna that fill them. Defining fields as an expansive space, the exhibition seeks to combine scientific and artistic methods of looking at fields. The exhibition gives visitors a broad perspective of how artists view and portray nature. Come enjoy light refreshments and fabulous art!

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Transit of Mercury

May 9, 2016, 7:00 AM12:00 PM

While not as rare as the transit of Venus, the transit of Mercury across the surface of the sun, is wonderful event to view. We will have out telescopes for viewing all morning, plus cameras and glasses for safe viewing. This is the first time since 2006 that the transit of Mercury will be visible and it won’t be visible again until 2019, so make sure you don’t miss it! If it is raining or cloudy, we won't be able…

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Collections Storage Workshop

May 9, 2016, 9:00 AM3:00 PM
Free

The museum will host a free Maine Archives and Museums workshop about collections storage presented by conservator Ron Harvey. Come learn how to store your family or museum treasures. If you want to ask the conservator how to store specific objects, please bring photographs of the objects. There will be snacks provided, but you should bring a bag lunch. There will be door prizes of archival storage supplies. Please call the museum for more information.

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Wildflower Walk

May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Ever wondered about the little wildflowers in your woods? Come on a walk to discover the beauty of native wildflowers that have fleeting but important lives in our forest ecosystem. Learn ID tricks you can use on walks and hikes in your own neighborhood.

Find out more »

Family Pond Exploration

May 28, 2016, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

This is a wonderful time of year to explore a pond! Come join us for outdoor fun at our pond using nets to capture and release some of the interesting residents of a wetland. A museum expert will guide visitors as they explore the wonders of wetlands. The museum will have indoor activities in the case of rain. Please wear boots and clothes that you do not mind getting muddy.

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June 2016

National Trails Day at Good Will Hinckley

June 4, 2016, 8:00 AM12:30 PM

8 a.m. : Bird Walk — Bring your binoculars! 10 a.m. : Trail walk — Explore the trails with a museum guide.

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Fossils and Dinosaurs!

June 18, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

What is new in the world of dinosaur discoveries? How do fossils form? Find out about new dinosaur discoveries and the wonderful fossils of Maine in this hour long exploration of all things fossil. Make a fossil craft to bring home with you too!

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Art Afternoons

June 22, 2016, 1:00 PM2:30 PM
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Come explore art every Wednesday afternoon of summer in fun mini workshops exploring watercolors, pencils, collage, charcoal, etc. Call ahead if you have a big group!

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International Sun Day

June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM4:00 PM

Come anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 to see our incredible nearest star through a telescope, discover the awesome reason for Earth seasons and explore the wonder of living on the third planet out from the sun. If it is rainy or cloudy, we will have activities inside but no sun viewing will happen.  Participants will bring home safe glasses for sun viewing at home!

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Caring for Organic Collections

June 27, 2016, 9:00 AM3:00 PM
Free

Learn how to treat and handle organic objects. Conservator Ron Harvey of will demonstrate and teach professional methods of caring for varied organic materials from clothing, to tools to mounted animals and more.  Also visit the museum from 2:00 to 3:00 with Ron to see preserved objects including a Blue Marlin caught by Ernest Hemingway and a model birch bark canoe. Please call the museum or go to the Maine Archives & Museums website to register. The workshop is made…

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August 2016

Teddy Bear Tea

August 6, 2016, 2:00 PM

Bring your favorite bear or stuffed animal for iced tea, lemonade and cookies! We will delve into the history of teddy bears, do a scavenger hunt inside or along the trails depending on weather and make a fun bear craft to bring home. All ages welcome!

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Moths and Meteors

August 13, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Perseid meteor showers are a lovely sight in August! We will discuss the meteors, lie out in the field to view the shower, and set up moth lights and bait to enjoy some nocturnal insects that visit us. Bring a towel or blanket and a flashlight! (If the night is rainy, we may cancel, so please check out our Facebook page in the case of rain.)

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Watercolors of Birds

August 20, 2016, 1:00 PM

Open to all ages, this exploration in our bird room encourages visitors to paint and create in a lovely museum setting. All levels of artists encouraged to attend!

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Rocks Rock!!

August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM

Come explore rocks, make a small collection to bring home, try opening a geode, looking under a backlight, and gazing through fiber optics!

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September 2016

Bird Migration Walk

September 3, 2016, 10:00 AM

Yes, it is that time of year again, some birds are already beginning the long migration to the southern realms of the United States, Mexico and Central and South America! Come see who is out and about on the Hinckley campus.

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Art Make and Take Day

September 10, 2016, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Make a craft and art to bring home while sitting in our lovely galleries of animals, art and fossils. Fun for all ages.

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101 Things at the Pond

September 17, 2016September 18, 2016
Free

Calling all frog catchers! Nature enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join us at L.C. Bates Museum on September 17 & 18 to kick off our 101 Things at the Pond Day, a weekend that celebrates 101 years of exploration and creature catching at our beloved “Frog Pond”! We will have free programs running 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, September 17 and 12 PM to 4PM on Sunday, September 18. Activities will include Walking the Watershed, Testing the Waters,…

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African Animal Heads Tour

September 17, 2016, 1:00 PM
$1

We will give a tour of the African taxidermy head mounts recently placed on exhibition in the museum and some of the other African animals in the collections. Come see these unique horned specimens and lean about how they adapt to their environment. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for youth under 18.

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Smithsonian Museum Day

September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM4:30 PM
Free

All day is Smithsonian Museum Day, a day to honor and visit your local museums! Come visit, try out a museum scavenger hunt, and discover the gem that is the L.C. Bates Museum! Print out the Smithsonian magazine coupon and your admission is free!

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October 2016

International Moon Night

October 8, 2016, 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Ever caught yourself looking up at the Moon wondering exactly what you were looking at? The L.C. Bates Museum will be one of thousands of locations around the globe celebrating our moon! International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and…

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Fall Leaves and Tree Transformations

October 15, 2016, 1:00 PM

Come on a fall walk to enjoy the leaf changes and explore the trails with a museum guide.  Discover why the leaves change, create fall leaf art and enjoy Maine's natural wonders.

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Night At the L.C. Bates Museum

October 22, 2016, 5:30 PM8:30 PM
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$1

Gather up your friends and family and get ready for the annual Night At the Museum tour that is a bit spooky and a little bit educational. This popular and fun event for families is not super scary, just wonderfully creepy! Bring a flashlight and explore the decorated museum at night! This is a program in which families can view the museum in a very different way, by flashlight. Try out a scavenger hunt though the museum for some creepy…

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November 2016

Migration, Hibernation, and More Survival Strategies

November 19, 2016, 1:00 PM
$1

How do Maine animals survive in winter and what adaptations do they use to survive? Come on a tour with a museum guide to learn some of the amazing adaptations of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. Hibernation is one way to survive but many animals adapt by growing more fur and being active. Admission to the museum costs $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Find out more »

Animals in Winter

November 26, 2016, 1:00 PM
$1

Forgo all that shopping! Or shop here at the museum after your fabulous Animals in Winter program! What are all the animals out there doing to survive? Not many of them are truly hibernators, so what ingenious methods do they have to help them thrive in winter? Find out the secrets of chickadees, the amazing structures built by beavers, and the incredible ability of squirrels and other animals that store food to remember over a thousand locations where food is…

Find out more »

December 2016

Flora and Fauna of the Season

December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM
$1

We will explore the animals and plants that define the holiday season. Why does Santa have reindeer? What cultures had traditions of mistletoe, holly and bringing a big green tree into their homes? Why do the Hanukah lights traditionally have olive oil in the lamp? Find out answers to these questions and make a fun holiday craft to bring home with you. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children Dress warmly; the museum is not heated!

Find out more »

Animals in Winter

December 17, 2016, 1:00 PM
$1

In this program, we will explore how animals adapt to Maine’s cold season. Not many of them are truly hibernators, so what ingenious methods do they have to help them thrive in winter? Find out the secrets of chickadees, the amazing structures built by beavers, and the incredible ability of squirrels and other animals that store food to remember over a thousand locations where food is buried! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children Dress warmly; the museum is not…

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Maine’s Winter Birds

December 28, 2016, 1:00 PM
$1

Learn what birds that stay here are doing during our chilly Maine winter. Explore how birds adapt and survive in our northern latitude. Make a bird craft to bring home with you! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children Dress warmly; the museum is not heated!

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January 2017

Winter Animal Walk

January 14, 2017, 1:00 PM

Put on some snow shoes for a tromping adventure! (We have lots of sizes to borrow, but call ahead if you have a large group.) Beginning at the museum, come out to explore the tracks of winter animals. Discover the signs of animal life that thrive in our winter world and make some track prints to bring home with you. Dress very warmly for this adventure.

Find out more »

Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21, 2017, 2:00 PM
$1

Squirrels are an often over looked and under appreciated animal. Why not celebrate them and their crucial role in our Maine forest? Come explore, look for squirrel tracks and make a squirrel craft! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children Dress warmly; the museum is not heated!

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Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt

January 28, 2017

Welcome to the Year of the Rooster, which is a year of punctuality and honesty. People born in this year are said to be hard working, observant, organized and humorous. Stop by anytime to pick up a chicken or rooster craft and a winter scavenger hunt. Dress warmly; the museum is not heated! Admission: Adults $3.00, Youth Under 18 $1.00

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February 2017

Our Woods Birds

February 18, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Learn about ways birds adapt to our Maine Environment. Listen to bird calls, compare bird skulls, study bird feathers, and more. Make a bird mask. (Please note that the museum will be closed if is snowing or stormy. Check our Facebook page for more information.) Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children

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Meet Our Presidents

February 20, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Tour the exhibit of presidents. Do a President's Day Scavenger Hunt. Find out which president had the first telephone and which one is behind the Teddy Bear. (Please note that the museum will be closed if is snowing or stormy. Check our Facebook page for more information.) Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children

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Animals in Winter

February 22, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

What is happening right now in the forests and fields? What animals hibernate? And which ones cache food or sleep only during the coldest days? Come explore the museum with a guide and learn some of the amazing adaptations animals have to survive winter. (Please note that the museum will be closed if is snowing or stormy. Check our Facebook page for more information.) Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children

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Trees In Winter

February 23, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Get to know your trees and especially your Sugar Maple to be ready for sap season. Discover amazing animal and bird habitats in the woods and which trees they like best. Make a woods habitat craft. (Please note that the museum will be closed if is snowing or stormy. Check our Facebook page for more information.) Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children

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March 2017

Signs of Spring Walk

March 18, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

The spring equinox is on March 20, but it often does not look like spring to us here in the northern latitudes! But there are signs of spring everywhere we look if we know some of nature’s secrets. Come learn a few of the amazing species ready to burst into spring  around you! (Please note that the museum will be closed if is snowing or stormy. Check our Facebook page for more information.) Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children

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Bird Day at the Museum

March 25, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Tour the Charles D. Hubbard dioramas and then create a background for your own bird diorama. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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Training for Volunteer Museum Guides

March 29, 2017, 10:00 AM12:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to have fun and learn while sharing natural history information with visitors, especially children? Or, are you interested in greeting visitors? Please come learn about museum work. Please call the museum to get more information or to register.

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April 2017

Bat Appreciation Day

April 15, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Why are bats so important to our environment? What do they do that makes a huge difference in our lives and the lives of other animals? Take a tour of our bat collection with a museum guide and learn cool facts about this important and wonderful mammal! Create a fun bat craft! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

Find out more »

Celebrating Seasons

April 18, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Now that Maine is entering into springtime, do you know why we have seasons? Why does our hemisphere experience summer solstice in June while in the Southern Hemisphere is having winter? Come do an activity to understand seasons and make your own little Earth globe to bring home. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

Find out more »

Amphibian Walk

April 20, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Come on a walk to look for amphibian signs and to look at a vernal pool during the day! If we have the right timing, we will see eggs and even see some amphibians hiding in wait for night, when they become most active. Discover the courtship of amphibians in spring! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

Find out more »

Teddy Bear Hike

April 21, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Join us for a short hike to the Roosevelt Monument. We'll talk about the things we see along the way, learn some fun exercises, and finish by making a teddy bear craft in honor of the president who loved spending time outdoors — Theodore Roosevelt! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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Earth Day: Endangered and Extinct

April 22, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

The year 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. In celebration of Earth Day, discover the story of this pigeon and other endangered animals around the museum. Make a fun animal craft to bring home and find out ways to help animals and plants around you. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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Draw With the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

April 22, 2017, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
$1 – $3

Come spend the afternoon sketching with Guild of Science Illustrators Maine at the L.C. Bates Museum, an early 20th-century natural history and cultural museum in Hinckley, Maine. The museum has 32 habitat dioramas, galleries of birds, mammals, marine life, insects, reptiles, and minerals, as well as hands-on educational exhibits. Also on the grounds of the museum is a forest arboretum with three miles of nature trails. There is something of interest for everyone to draw. Bring your sketchbook, drawing materials,…

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Vernal Pools Evening Walk

April 28, 2017, 7:30 PM9:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Friday, repeating until May 5, 2017

Many do not know about the term “Big Night,” which is when the first amphibians wake up during spring to migrate to breeding spots on one rainy warm evening in spring. It is an exciting time to go walking at night! Come join us for one of these walks in which we will learn the common frogs and salamanders that have emerged from their long winter nap. Hear the lovely calls of our earliest spring frogs in our Maine forest!…

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Thank You, Trees!

April 29, 2017, 1:00 PM2:30 PM
$1 – $3

Celebrate Environmental Education Week and Arbor Day! Trees provide homes for animals, homes and furniture for people, shade, paper, fuel, and, oh yes, oxygen for breathing! Let’s look closely at our trees and celebrate their beauty with an elegant art project. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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May 2017

Maine Wood(s) Opening Reception

May 4, 2017, 5:30 PM7:30 PM

Come meet the artists and curators of our new summer exhibition, Maine Wood(s). Refreshments will be provided. Maine Wood(s) seeks to combine the representation of forests and of wood used as an artistic material. The exhibition considers forests as a landscape, a habitat, a source of livelihood, and a tourist destination, with works depicting the wooded Maine landscape, its fauna and flora, its inhabitants and visitors, along with their activities, while the title also alludes to the use of wood…

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Spring Birds Adventure

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM
$1 – $3

The spring is sprung. View the birds in the gallery and hear their songs. A fun event for children and their families. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children

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Marine Reefs Exhibit Tour

May 13, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Come and explore our marine biology room and see our new Marine Reefs exhibit. One of our planets most beautiful and endangered habitats is the coral reef. Find Dory’s home! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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International Museum Day

May 17, 2017, 10:00 AM4:30 PM
$1 – $3

Love your local museums! Stop by anytime during open hours to tour and try out a museum scavenger hunt. Consider becoming a member of the L.C. Bates Museum. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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Wildflower Walk

May 20, 2017, 1:00 PM

Ever wondered about the little wildflowers in your woods? Come discover the beauty of native wildflowers in our forest ecosystem.

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Earth and Space Day

May 27, 2017, 10:00 AM2:00 PM
$1 – $3

Come learn about the solar eclipse coming on August 21 by trying some Earth and Sun Activities provided to the museum by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE). The activities for youth explore clouds, gravity, the solar eclipse, and for younger children, shadows. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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Water Color in the Bird Room

May 27, 2017, 1:00 PM5:00 PM
$1 – $3

Roam the bird gallery to explore the varied birds and their adaptations. Then grab water colors and paper and paint your favorite bird! Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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June 2017

Water Coloring the Birds

June 10, 2017, 1:00 PM

Water coloring the Birds—Visit the bird gallery to select a colorful bird to draw and paint. As you paint get to know the bird you selected well. Support and painting materials will be provided. More info:238-4250

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Native American Program

June 17, 2017, 9:00 AM

 Learn about the history of Native Americans and view their tools and baskets. More info: 238-4250

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Sun Day

June 21, 2017, 1:00 PM

Explore the NISE Earth and Space activities. More info:  238-4250

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Coral Reef Talk

June 24, 2017, 1:00 PM

Learn about the beauty of coral and the importance coral reefs to the ocean habitats. More info: 238-4250

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Artist’s Afternoon

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Come and join our new museum educator and artist, Jessica Mahoney, for an afternoon of drawing and watercolor painting in the Audubon Room. Jessica is a graduate of the renowned art school Pratt Institute and is excited to connect with artists and art enthusiasts of all levels and ages in the area. You can bring your favorite sketch pad and materials or use our museum supplies. Jessica will inspire you with a tour of the birds in the room. Find…

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July 2017

Old Time Toys

July 1, 2017, 1:00 PM

Roll a hoop, jump a rope, try playing a 300 year old game- Graces, write on a slate, make an optic wonder toy. More info: 238-4250

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Endangered & Extinct Animals

July 8, 2017, 1:00 PM
$1 – $3

Take a guided tour of the museum and discover endangered and extinct animals from around the world. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children.

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Faith Hinckley in WWI Exhibition

July 14, 2017

Faith Hinckley in WW1 Exhibition opening. G. W. Hinckley’s daughter, Faith was a “Y” Girl in WWI More info:  238-4250

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