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100 Years, 100 Hikers

September 19th, 2015

Hike anytime from 9-4pm

1pm Trail History Walk

The Dartmouth Trail, on the Good Will Hinckley Campus, turns one
hundred this year. To celebrate, our goal is one hundred hikers on the trail in one day! Come do a scavenger hunt, take photos and explore the wonders of some beautiful trails.

Take a selfie and post it on our facebook page!#hinckleyhundredyeartrail

Check in at the museum for scavenger hunts and events!


The museum's solar observatory is open to drop in starting May 2014! Wednesday through Friday from 1-3 pm on any day that is sunny, just come by to look at the sun. Get a view of our lovely home star looking through a special filtered telescope that allows you to do what you had been warned to never do, stare at the sun!! Regular admission rates do apply of $3 for adults and $1 for children. Fun for all ages but youth over 8 and adults will appreciate the view the most! 


                                                                          "Big Erratic with Lichen, Brooksville" by John Woolsey 2012

The L.C. Bates Museum’s summer art exhibition, Gift of the Glacier: The Maine Landscape will open May 15 and last until October 15, 2013. The Gift of the Glacier: The Maine Landscape celebrates the beauty of our great State of Maine. The exhibition features works by 23 Maine artists that depict aspects and evidence of the science of Maine’s landscape and geology. From rounded hilltops to rocky slopes and glacial lakes, Maine’s landscape documents the work of the glaciers. This astounding scenery not only offers the “Mainer”a beautiful place of residency, but lends itself to be translated into compelling works of art. Thus, The Gift of the Glacier  will present museum visitors with a unique look at how artists interpret a striking landscape created in the Ice Age by a vast slow-moving glacier.

The 23 contemporary Maine Artists in the exhibit include Nancy Glassman, MikeBranca, Alison Hildreth, John Woolsey, Abbott Meader, Nina Bohlen, DaphneCummings, Veronica Cross, J. Thomas R. Higgins, Barbara Sullivan, ChrisHiggins, Stephen Burt, and Sharon Yates. Artists in the Gift of the Glacier:The Maine Landscape exhibit portrays aspects and evidence of the science of Maine’s landscape and geology.  The artists’ work includes observations of the landscape that illustrate signs of glacial movement and remains, such aseskers, rounded hills, rocky slopes, erratics, and glacial scratch marks. The work depicts varied landscapes from blueberry barrens to farms’ stonewall marked fields, and from mountains shaped by the glacier to lakes and waterfalls.

The L.C. Bates Museum at Good-Will Hinckley, a natural history museumlocated in Hinckley, Maine, focuses on inspiring wonder by providing integratedapproaches to learning. On Wednesdays afternoons at 1 PM from June 26 to August21 the Museum will offer children’s and family art workshops. Several of thesecreative workshops will be presented by artists in the exhibition. Theexhibition will also present related programming, including talks andexhibition  tours, designed to promote interest and curiosity about Maineart and the environment in which we live. On Sunday June 30 from 2 to 4 PM therewill be a free public reception for the artists that will include a talk by oneof the participating artists, John Woolsey.

The show is the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students, Kayla L. Lewkowicz ‘14 andVeronica L. Vesnaver ’15, who helped curate the exhibition under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch. The Gift of the Glacier exhibition was made possible by grant support from the Maine Community Foundation Expansion Arts Fund.

The L.C. Bates Museum is pleased to announce the summer camps dates for the year 2013! 

Enroll your children in our hands-on, interactive day programs and they will learn about fascinating topics through active encounters that spark children's natural curiosity and creativity.  Each program is from 9am until noon and will often include outside activities like walking along the wooded trails, exploring the lovely fields, or dipping a net in a lily pad filled wetland. Sign up soon to save a spot! Appropriate for age 7-12. Bring a snack and bag lunch if you are doing the whole day of both nature and art camp.

Pre-registration is required. Each week is $50.00 or $95.00 for both weeks. If you sign up for the full day camp which includes nature and art the cost is $95 for the week.

NATURE CAMP #1 June 17th– June 21st  (9am-noon)

NATURE CAMP #2 June 24-28 (9am– noon)

ART CAMP June 24-28 (1pm– 4pm)

HISTORY CAMP July 8th– July 10th  (9am-noon)

TOURING SPACE CAMP July 29th– August 2nd  (9am-noon)

NATURE CAMP #3 August 5-9th (9am– noon)




National Honey Month Celebrated!

The L.C.Bates Museum will host a fun Celebrating Honey and Pollinators Day on Saturday September 8, 2012 at 1pm. Samantha Burns, president of the Somerset Beekeepers and a certified master gardener with the Somerset County Cooperative Extension will be at the museum with honey, some beekeeping equipment, and lots of great pollination knowledge. Burns also owns and operates Runamuk Micro-Farm inAnson, which is a certified bee-friendly farm producing organic heirloom vegetablesand all-natural raw honey.

The eventwill explore the basics of pollination through hands-on models, museumcollections, and a fun take home craft. The kids will have plenty to do and play with but the event is also for the grown-ups! Adults will get in depth information on how to help pollinators in our area, native pollinators vs.honeybees, threats facing pollinators today and other great tips. Of course,everyone will taste honey too! Celebrating Honey and Pollinators day will befun for every age.

Barrel's Market will bring pollination treats too!

Regularadmission museum admission= $3 for adults and $1 for anyone under 18 years of age.

Photo by Brian Willson
Bird DAY!

The L.C. Bates Museum will host a day celebrating and exploring the world of birds on May 15th from 1-3pm. Families are invited to drop in to discover sounds and calls of birds, touch feathers, look at bird skulls and feet, and construct a paper bird to bring home. At 1pm the Bird Walk along the trails will be lead by writer and type designer Brian Willson, of Rockport, who began birding after he moved to Maine from Texas thirty years ago. Willson fell in love with the local wildlife and particularly enjoys bird-listening—identifying species from their songs—and photographing our many small, colorful wood-warblers. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and wear weather appropriate clothing as the program will be rain or shine. The admission to the museum is $3 for adults and $1 for children.



Give your kids the world this summer!

Enroll your children in our hands-on, interactive day programs and they will explore fascinating topics through active encounters that spark children's natural curiosity and creativity.  Each program is from 9am until noon and will often include outside activities like walking along the wooded trails, exploring the lovely fields, or dipping a net in a lily pad filled wetland. Sign up soon to save a spot! Appropriate for all ages.

 Pre registration is required. The price is $7 dollars per participant each day or $30 dollars for each week.

 Monday June 20th - Bald Eagle day- Exploring Birds of Prey

This program explores birds of all types but focuses on the amazing birds of prey. Children will go on a bird walk, dissect an owl pellet, explore the collections, and make bird art to bring home.

 Tuesday June 21st -Buggin Out!

Celebrate the diverse and truly incredible world of the insect on a museum insect tour, a walk along the trails and a fun bug craft. Children will look through insect glasses, walk like a bug, and examine many species under a magnifying glass.

 Wednesday June 22nd -Reptiles Rule!

Although Maine only has about 9 species of snakes compared to Florida’s 57 different types, we will delve into Maine reptiles to discover the fun of our scaly friends. Children will discover the many types of reptiles from Maine and beyond by listening to crocodile sounds, touching snake skin, and looking at lizards from warmer climes.

 Thursday June 23rd -We love Rocks

Rocks and minerals are many a young person’s passion for good reason! Easy to collect, and often remarkably beautiful, rocks offer the opportunity for us to crack open geodes, move compass needles, draw on paper, and look under a black light at their incredible glow. Children will enjoy a fun exploration of bedrock, different types of soil, and making their own mini rock collection.

 Friday June 24th -The Amazing Life at the Pond

The incredible lives of wetland animals will be explored up close with nets, buckets and magnifying glasses. Each child will create a small nature journal of the animals they discover in the pond from insect to crustacean to amphibian. Please wear boots or footwear you can get wet!


AND especially for the students who may still be in school until June 23rd, the museum will repeat the first three program days the following week!

 Added dates:

 Monday June 27th - Bald Eagle day- Exploring Birds of Prey

Tuesday June 28st -Buggin Out!

Wednesday June 29nd -Reptiles Rule!




Comments from 4th grade students on the L.C. Bates Museum
nature series brought to their classrooms.
 (Each school had eight to ten programs including: Wetland habitats, Coastal habitat, Forest habitat, Maine birds, Insects, Animal Skulls, Endangered/Invasive/Extinct, Rocks and Minerals, Trees, and Fossils.)
 “What was your favorite new thing you learned about?”
My favorite thing was everything.
My liked it when she brought in the snail and how it eats dirt and muck.
Fossils are amazing.
A piece of poop that a dinosaur pooped out. (We discussed “coprolite” which is fossilized scat.)
1. Talking about rocks in clothes. 2. Doing the feather experiment. 3. Putting on bug glasses.
To see REAL animals and snails and the crafts!
The dinosaurs, the rocks, and the live animals.
The rock was so soft we could write with it.
My favorite new thing I learned about? Trees!
You could blow bubbles through a branch.
My favorite thing was rock and minerals and also rocks!!!
The forest part was the best.
ALL!!!! Eyes to the front likes to hunt.
Turtles have huge shells.
I love to do the insect one every day it was so fun!
Some metals make sparks. (we demonstrate flint.)
That a rock can be a magnet!
I learned that some rocks can change color in a black light.
There is a rock that floats!
She taught us about beer. (We hope this means bear.)
How big a dinosaur toe bone was.
We learned why the eagles were getting extinct.
It is fun learning about bones.
Mica. I like it.
 “Have you learned new ways to help your environment? Can you give any examples?”
She taught us to take care of the environment.
I learned about how the recycle is important and the Asian long horned Beetle is bad.
We can clean the world and save animals and some die because of trash.
Don’t kill bees because they help all the plants.
Not destroying animal habitats.
Don’t kill animals.
I pick up trash around my yard.
Yes, we can stop throwing trash in lake, ponds, and oceans now.
You can stop the Asian long horned beetle.
 Pick up trash.
I learned to take care of animal homes.
Call someone if you see an Asian Long horned Beetle.
The DDT harms the earth.
Don’t spray DDT in a farm.
Bats are not bad because they eat bugs.
You can find rocks, stop pollution, rescue animals or something like that.
Not to kill bugs all the time.
Do not bother animal homes.
Don’t spray stuff in the woods cause it could kill them.
Don’t buy objects that kill living creatures.
Yes, give bread crumbs to fish.
Do not litter because bags look like jellyfish which are turtles favorite snack.
I would take care of the sea.
Do not treat the world bad.
To help the old animals find a better home.
To help all the animals out there.
“What else would you like to see taught in the programs?”
How the polar bear habitat is being destroyed.
More animals! I love animals!
Nothing, we got everything down.
I’d like to be taught more about fossils and other things like fossils.
I want to learn about all creatures, rocks, and everything.
Animals today that were related to dinosaurs.
Whales! Trees!
How did dinosaurs die?
I would like to see domestic animals.
More live animals!
Plankton. Sea Animals.
Nothing, cause you covered it.
All things about cats. Eagles also.
All about fish.
More about animals, ferrets, and rocks.
What is wolf fur like?
Rainforest animals.
Even more fossils!
How salt got in the water.
The difference in warm blooded and cold blooded animals.
I want to learn about piggies.
How did people evolve?
Alligators and crocodiles.
“Do you have any other comments you would like to add?”
Your museum is my favorite museum.
I hope to go to the L.C. bates museum someday.
I love this program!
I will always remember you. Thanks.
I think you did an awesome job showing us all those things!
The presentations were fun, exciting and entertaining. There were a lot of things that I already knew, but then it taught me more things about it!
I enjoy the museum because it is fun and cool plus it is entertaining.
I like everything that you brought to school and shared them with us.
Please come in again because I will miss you.
I liked how she said her stuff and she used good words to tell us about it.
Ms. Sanborn, Your museum is the best.
I love Fred and trees.
L.C. Bates is fun.
The lady was really helpful, friendly, and respectful.
You people rock and you are the best. Can you bring live animals next?
You did a very good job, keep it up!
You are awesome. I love science. I hope to visit your museum soon.
Cool. Excellent. Awesome.
I think the bear presentation was awesome.
It was pretty neat to have her and thank you for teaching me all the stuff.
I love what you taught us.
Please learn more!
She was so nice and kind to us. She told us and helped us understand about things.
Dinosaurs RULE!
Turtles rock!! P.S. it was fun!
You guys to a good job explaining stuff.
I love how when you come it makes school funer.
You rock! (common comment form kids.)
I want to see you again. Ok?
I want her to come back.
Ms. Sanborn, you did a very great job teaching us about nature. You are very pretty and intelligent. I hope to learn more about this. Thank you.
Thank you for everything
When I grow up I want to be just like you.
Samah Mahmood and Fiona Braslau examining and amazed by the size and length of an Andean Condor wing that will be on exhibition at the L.C. Bates Museum for Bird Day!
Explore the World of Birds at the L.C.Bates Museum
If you like birds and want to learn more about them, come to our special Bird Day at the L.C.Bates Museum. Did you know the woodpecker has a tongue too long for its mouth? Have you ever heard the “cheeseburger” call of the Black- capped Chickadee? What bird has the longest migration route from the South Pole to the North Pole in one year? Now is the chance to discover the answers! The L.C. Bates Museum will be hosting a Bird Day, in celebration of our feathered friends, on September 11, 2010 from 10am until 3 pm.
Special for Bird Day we will have an early taxidermy Andean Condor wing on exhibit in the Audubon Room. The Andean Condor, an endangered species, is a real wonder of the world. The condor has one of the largest wing spans of any bird, a 10 foot wing span, a very long life expectancy of 75 years, and weighs a lot for a bird that can fly…up to 33 pounds!


 Families are welcome to drop in anytime to explore the lovely and fascinating world of birds! The day will start at 10 am with drawing and watercoloring birds in the Audubon Room and there will be a guided trail walk at 1 pm. Other events available throughout the day include: hearing bird songs and calls, touching feathers, dissecting owl pellets, stamping tracks, using bird beak tools, and looking at the bones and skulls of birds. Tours of the Audubon Room and investigations into the natural history of birds will be also available.
For more information about the L.C. Bates Museum exhibits and Bird Day activities, contact the L.C.Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley 207-238-4250 or The L.C. Bates Museum is located on Rt 201 in Hinckley, Maine on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley. The Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 PM. in winter by appointment or chance. The admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.




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