HINCKLEY — The L. C. Bates Museum offers many fall opportunities. Visitors can tour the museum, participate in a museum program and/or take a walk on the trails behind the museum. There are several programs including weekly Wednesday afternoon, Naturalist As Artist Programs at 3p.m. and Family Nature programs at 10 every Saturday morning. The Saturday programs include; a guided fall leaf walk, Oct. 13, skulls of mammals and birds, Oct. 20, and nocturnal creatures Oct. 27.

October programs explore varied aspects of nature from the moon to the rocks under our feet. The following is a list of some of the programs:

* National Earth Science Week — participants can view rocks and minerals, Oct 14-20.

* Rock walk and rock collections is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. It is national Rock Collecting Day and organizers will begin a small collection and explore rock formations outside.

* National Fossil Day Tour will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. The museum collection can be toured, dinosaur fossils are on exhibit and participants can make a fossil to celebrate national fossil day.

* Halloween fun is on the agenda for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Those interested can explore nocturnal, creepy and just plain weird creatures at the museum. The museum will be decorated for the festive event.

* Moon viewing will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Participants can use telescopes to view the moon and learn moon facts. Dress warmly as we will be out most of the hour we are exploring.

For more information, call 238-4250 or email [email protected]

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