101 Things at the Pond Days at the L.C.Bates Museum brought families to help celebrate the pond’s 101 years of being a fun place for everything from skating to fishing and wetland study to painting. The pond, The Artificial, was designed and built in 2015 by Carl Rust Parker of the Olmsted Firm. For GMOW, school groups and families enjoyed pond explorations, guided hikes, painting the pond like Monet, and exploring animal life in the museum. We were excited to have many new families come to the programs and learn about the museum and its many outdoor activities for children and families.
Museum staff and committee members provided engaging outdoor adventures. Parents said they appreciated the opportunity for their children to explore the pond and trails with an informed museum educator that provided them and their children with new information. Most children and their parents were amazed by all the varied wetland wildlife. Visitors new to museum said they will return to the museum soon for additional programs and hikes. Families all took the Good Will-Hinckley Trail maps and said they plan to return for longer hikes soon. The lead teachers for a visit of 3 classes emailed, “Thank you so much for today. The kids and staff and had great time.” In the guest book at the museum entrance parents wrote, “Wonderful Day for our whole family. Thank you!” and “Awesome Day for my kids.”