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Earth And Space NASA Camp

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Campers begin by discovering the basics of our solar system. Then they will use a sun scope, plan their own planet, train like an astronaut, study moonquakes, send up stump rockets, make craters, explore clouds, and make kites to fly! The Museum Space Camp is partnering with the NASA Camp program. For ages 7–12. Camp […]

$65

Eco Exploration

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Using aquatic ecosystems, we will spend a week learning about how to design experiments, collect data, and make conclusions about our research questions. Along the way, you will learn about the plants and animals that live in and around ponds, or interact with pond environments for food, shelter, and reproduction. We will explore water chemistry […]

$65

History Camp

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Campers will explore and gain a better understanding about history through engaging hands on discoveries. Interactive activi-ties will use the museum’s historic collections and resources to foster camper’s understanding of our past. Campers will try out a bow drill, throw a spear, play with old toys, print on an early letter press, write with a […]

$55

Nature Camp

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Visit the pond, hike in the woods with binoculars in hand, view the sun, examine Maine minerals, learn about fossils, discover the life cycle of insects, make new friends and much more. Come have fun exploring the museum and its collections. For ages 6-11. Camp runs June 26 – 30, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. […]

$85

Audubon’s Revenge

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Let your imagination run wild as we invent fantastic new creatures by combining parts of existing animals in the museum — using colored pencils, of course! This fun activity helps kids think about adaptations and the “creativity” we observe in some animals’ naturally selected traits. Can you invent a chimera stranger than the duck-billed platypus? […]

$1 – $4

Earth and Space Activities

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Come learn about some of the techniques used by NASA scientists to explore and understand our universe, through a series of fun and informative hands-on activities, including: Stomp Rockets • Mars Rover Game • Discovering Distant Planets • Moon Craters • and more! Plus, discover the construction and principles behind a working refractor telescope with […]

$1 – $4

Mammal Day

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

What do humans, bears, whales, and bats have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out! We will talk about what makes a mammal a mammal, and the adaptations we can observe in a mammal’s fur, teeth, and feet to find out who they are, and what they’re good at! Skulls and pelts will be […]

$1 – $4

In Balance/Imbalance Opening Reception

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

The L.C. Bates Museum’s summer 2023 exhibition, In Balance/Imbalance, features over 20 artists from Maine or with ties to the state and is the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students, Zehra Gundogdu ’25 and Anna Jaubert ’25, under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch. Opening […]

Free

Jane’s Walk Maine: Explore History Good-Will Hinckley

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

As part of Jane’s Walk take a walking tour of the museum’s architecture and the GWH campus near the museum including buildings, the road and pond behind the museum. We will talk about the Maine architect William Miller of Lewiston, who designed the museum and four other buildings on campus and Parker of Olmsted Firm's […]

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March Activities For Children and Families at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

March 4,* Mammal Skulls, Teeth and Claws: Examine mammal skulls, teeth and claws to determine how they help each mammal. Learn how some skulls and their teeth are designed well for hunting, chewing wood or grazing. Count how many teeth a beaver has and touch sharp bobcat teeth. Make a paper skull craft to take […]

$1 – $4
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March Activities For Children and Families at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

March 4,* Mammal Skulls, Teeth and Claws: Examine mammal skulls, teeth and claws to determine how they help each mammal. Learn how some skulls and their teeth are designed well for hunting, chewing wood or grazing. Count how many teeth a beaver has and touch sharp bobcat teeth. Make a paper skull craft to take […]

$1 – $4
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March Activities For Children and Families at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

March 4,* Mammal Skulls, Teeth and Claws: Examine mammal skulls, teeth and claws to determine how they help each mammal. Learn how some skulls and their teeth are designed well for hunting, chewing wood or grazing. Count how many teeth a beaver has and touch sharp bobcat teeth. Make a paper skull craft to take […]

$1 – $4
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March Activities For Children and Families at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

March 4,* Mammal Skulls, Teeth and Claws: Examine mammal skulls, teeth and claws to determine how they help each mammal. Learn how some skulls and their teeth are designed well for hunting, chewing wood or grazing. Count how many teeth a beaver has and touch sharp bobcat teeth. Make a paper skull craft to take […]

$1 – $4
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March Activities For Children and Families at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

March 4,* Mammal Skulls, Teeth and Claws: Examine mammal skulls, teeth and claws to determine how they help each mammal. Learn how some skulls and their teeth are designed well for hunting, chewing wood or grazing. Count how many teeth a beaver has and touch sharp bobcat teeth. Make a paper skull craft to take […]

$1 – $4

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February Saturdays at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

February 4: Birds That Fish Tour Tour the museum gallery’s birds that fish. With Maine’s wetlands and ocean frontage, there are many Maine birds that fish for their food. Look at their different adaptations such as bills nd feet that help them fish. Draw your favorite bird fisherman. February 11: Make a Sailors Valentines or […]

$1 – $4

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Saturday Morning Children’s Nature Programs

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Come enjoy children's activities on Saturday mornings at L.C. Bates!  Jan. 7 — Mammal Skulls, Teeth and Claws — Examine mammal skulls, teeth and claws to determine how they help each mammal. Learn how some skulls and their teeth are designed well for hunting, chewing wood or grazing. Count how many teeth a bear has and touch […]

Bills and Beaks Tell What They Eat

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Put on your wildlife biologist cap, and hone your observational skills, as we follow the clues find in various birds’ beaks to learn about their lifestyles and behavior. Why do hummingbirds have long, skinny beaks, while the Red Crossbill has a unique, asymmetrical beak? Admission: $4 for adults, $1 for children.

$1 – $4

Endangered Animals Tour

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

In this guided tour, we will highlight some of the endangered, threatened and extinct species found in the museum’s collection. We also, happily, will talk about some species that have made remarkable recoveries thanks to recent conservation efforts! Admission: $4 for adults, $1 for children.

$1 – $4

Maine Birds in Winter

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Come tour the Audubon Gallery to find the birds you will see in the winter landscape. Admission: $4 for adults, $1 for children.

$1 – $4

Make an Old Fashion Top Game

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Color a wooden top and make a game sheet. Then have fun playing the game. Admission: $4 for adults, $1 for children

$1 – $4

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November Saturdays at L.C.Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Animals in Winter (Nov. 5): What do animals do during winter? How have they prepared for winter? Come on a tour of Maine animals in winter! 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 […]

$1 – $3

October Saturdays at L.C. Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

October 1: Enjoy and learn about the beautiful trees in our forest on a guided tree walk. Children will receive “tree cookies” to use along the trailsand then take home. October 8: Roll a hoop, spin a top, and enjoy other outdoor old-time toys and games. October 15: Tour Maine birds and make a watercolor […]

Geology Walk

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

See glacier scratch marks and an erratic. Check out the local soils and break a geode.

Free

Guided Fall Tree Identification Walk

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

Blowing bubbles through a red oak twig is amazing and fun! It proves that moisture/water can move through the roots, trunk, and limb of the tree and all the way to the leaves. Come try blowing tree bubbles and other activities on September 10 at the Fall Tree Walk.

Free

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August Saturday Activities at L.C.Bates

L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME

August 6,  10 a.m. — Geology Tour of the Campus: Learn about our local landforms and Maine Minerals. August 13,  10 a.m. — Earth and Space/NASA CAMP Activities: Earth and Solar System Activities and games. August 20,  10 a.m. — Tree Identification Walk: Learn to use leaves and bark to identify trees and make a […]

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