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June Fun Programs at L.C.Bates Museum

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The L.C.Bates Museum in Hinckley has programs the whole family can enjoy. From trail hikes to find insects to programs that explore bats and from children’s story hours to Sun viewing in our observatory, the L.C.Bates Museum will offer many engaging activities in June. The activities include:

Free Girls Science Research Program Series: Insects of the Maine Forest
Thursday, June 19, 1-3, Collecting-Pit Traps, Sheets and Nets – Friday June 20, 1-3, Invasive Maine Insects- Saturday June 21, 8 PM Moth Night, Thursday, June 26 1-3 PM Lost Ladybug Project and Friday, June 27, Maine Insects and IPM. Please call to sign up for these special free girls series of insect activities.

Saturday June 7th at
Two Guided Walks on the Trails – 8am Birds and 10am Insects
Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike!
Come on a walk to celebrate national trails day! At 8am our focus will be birds and at 10am our focus will be Insects!

Weekly Sun Viewings starting now ! Our small observatory will be open every afternoon that the sun is out on Wednesday– Friday from 1-3pm. Drop by anytime in those hours and experience the sun through a telescope! (Regular museum admission rates apply)

Beasts and Books
Multiple Dates: Fridays- June 6 and Friday 13th at 1pm, Saturdays-June 14th, June 28th and July 12th at 10am (Preschool story hour)
Bring the little kids to a wonderful reading of a book paired with a craft and museum animal explorations.

Saturday June 14th from 1-3pm
Rambunctious Rocks: How rocks are forming beneath our feet!
The Earth looks totally still and the rocks seem lifeless but in fact, rocks are still changing and transforming around us. You are invited to the museum to investigate the fascinating world of rocks and how they form. Plus make a rock craft and discover how rocks are used every day!

June 16-20th Nature Camp #1
And June 23rd-June 27th Nature Camp #2

Sign up your kids for awesome day camps that explore the outside through play, art and
exploration. Each day begins at 9am and ends at noon. Call or email to register. For more details go to and click on the link Summer Camp 2014.

Saturday June 21st at 1pm to 4 PM Creating a Fairy Jar and more with Robin!
Come create a fairy jar and other Fairy collections with the wonderful Robin Duperry. If you have a glass container to fill, bring it with you! For more details contact the museum.
1 pm make a fairy stone {all ages},
2 pm fairy door {all ages}
3 pm Captured fairy (12 and up -10 person limit}
Stamp a fairy necklace (all ages}
Make a fairy house
Fairy trail
Fairy houses and Captured Fairy jars along the trail
Fairy Signs

Saturday June 21st at 8pm
Bats: Fabulous Winged Mammals
What is happening to Maine bats? Discover some bat updates, explore outdoors at dusk and learn facts about the life of bats. All ages may participate and there will be a craft for kids.
Monday June 23rd
Collections Care Workshop with Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation from 9am-3pm– FREE!
Presented in partnership with Maine Archives and Museums and funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Ron Harvey will explore issues of light, humidity, temperature, and dust; simple and inexpensive ways to exhibit objects safely; ways to separate acidic objects from other collections; and what volunteers and staff should know to help conserve their collections. Participants are invited to bring photographs of problems for discussion with presenter. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

To register for the Free Collections Care Workshop go to: or contact the L.C.Bates Museum
Sunday June 29th
Artists Reception for “Northern Skies, Clear Light” 2pm-4pm
Come enjoy food, community, and great art. Discover how over 20 artists look at the skies around Maine from sunsets to storms brewing in coastal towns. Admission is free for this event. See how artists view and interpret the Maine environment in relation to the scientific and historical collections at the L.C. Bates Museum. We look forward to seeing you there!
The L.C Bates Museum is dedicated to inspiring wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibitions and programs. For more information about the L.C. Bates Museum exhibits and June programs, 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 to Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 4:30 PM hours and other times by appointment.