HINCKLEY — The L. C. Bates Museum has planned programs from trail hikes to find insects to programs that explore bats and from children’s story hours to sun viewing in its observatory. June activities include:

• Guided walks on the trails — birds and insects, 8 and 10 a.m.; Saturday, June 7.

• Weekly sun viewings are available from 1 to 3 p.m. A small observatory will be open every afternoon the sun is out on Wednesday-Friday. Experience the sun through a telescope. Regular museum admission rates will apply.

• Beasts and Books are planned for 1 p.m. Friday, June 6 and 13, and 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 28 and July 12 during preschool story hour.

Bring the children to a reading of a book paired with a craft and museum animal explorations.

• Rambunctious Rocks: How rocks are forming beneath our feet, is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday June 14.

The earth looks totally still and the rocks seem lifeless but in fact, rocks are still changing and transforming. Participants can visit the museum to investigate the world of rocks and how they form.

• Nature Camp 1 is set for June 16-20, Nature Camp 2 is set for June 23-27. Children can explore the outside through play, art and exploration. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. To register, visit gwh.org/lcbates and click on the link Summer Camp 2014.

• Creating a Fairy Jar and more with Robin is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

Participants can create a fairy jar and other Fairy collections with Robin Duperry. Bring a glass container to fill. For more details contact the museum. The following events are set: make a fairy stone, 1 p.m., for all ages; fairy door, 2 p.m., for all ages; captured fairy, 3 p.m., for ages 12 and older (10 person limit). Ongoing are stamp a fairy necklace for all ages, make a fairy house, fairy houses and captured fairy jars along the trail, and fairy signs.

• Bats: Fabulous Winged Mammals, is set for 8 p.m., Saturday June 21.

Participants can explore outdoors at dusk and learn facts about the life of bats. All ages welcome, there will be a craft for children.

• Collections Care Workshop with Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday June 23. The event is free.

Presented in partnership with Maine Archives and Museums and funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. 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 collections. Participants are invited to bring photographs of problems for discussion with presenter. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

To register, visit mainemuseums.org/SpringWorkshops2014 or contact the L. C. Bates Museum.

• Artists Reception for “Northern Skies, Clear Light” is set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

Discover how more than 20 artists look at the skies around Maine from sunsets to storms brewing in coastal towns. Admission is free.

For more information about the L. C. Bates Museum exhibits and June programs, contact the L. C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley 238-4250 or [email protected]. The Museum is located on U. S. Route 201 in Hinckley, on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley. The Museum is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, hours and other times are available by appointment.

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