HINCKLEY — 101 Things at the Pond Day is set for Sept. 17 and 18 at L.C. Bates Museum on U.S. Route 201. The weekend will celebrate 101 years of exploration and creature catching at the Frog Pond. Free programs will be offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Activities will include walking the watershed, testing the waters, studying edge species, paint like Monet, and wetland insects.

Participants can tour the museum’s wetland critters and enjoy light refreshments throughout the weekend.

Designed and built in 1915-16 by the Olmsted Firm’s landscape architect Carl Rust Parker, the pond (originally known as “The Artificial”) was first used as a water source for possible fires, but quickly became a place for learning and leisure year round. From ice skating to frog catching to scientific research, children and adults alike have found joy in the flora and fauna the pond and its surrounding habitats have to offer for 101 years.

The celebration is presented in collaboration with the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend that is supported in part by the Maine Community Foundation. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend hopes to encourage children across Maine to engage and connect with the bountiful natural resources the state has to offer.

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

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