Tinker Nature Park

Tinker Nature Park Tinker Nature Park is a 68 acre, handicap accessible park. It features a 1.2 mile walking/exercise trail, a 1/2 mile nature trail, and several museums on the property. Tinker Nature Park is open daily 7:00 am until Sundown

Hansen Nature Center open Tuesday - Saturday, 9am to 4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays. Admission is free, donations accepted. Tinker Nature Park open seven days a week from 7am until sundown. Dogs are not allowed in the park.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
07/25/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

What does the largest frog in North America eat? Simple-- anything they can fit in their mouths. From insects, mice, birds, other amphibians, snakes and fish, the American Bullfrog is not a picky eater. To help them consume these large meals, frogs will blink. This act pushes their eyeballs down onto the roof of their mouth and helps move the meal down its throat. These impressive amphibians can weigh up to 1.5 pounds and are a common sight at many parks. This beauty was spotted having a long soak in Swan Lake at @rockefellerstatepark, Photo: Julie Danan, @wellsprings 🐸#nystateparks #wildlifewednesday #bullfrogs #rockefellerstatepark #natureknowledge #amphibiansofinstagram #americanbullfrog

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
07/18/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Love to kayak or want to learn? Our line-up of paddling events will get you started. Choose from tours, beginner classes, paddle fests, and more. No equipment? No problem-- some of these events provide a kayak, paddle, and PFD. ow.ly/AC6I30p4tm6

Due to the rain, we have rescheduled today's Butterfly Program to: Wednesday, July 24 at 2pm.
07/17/2019

Due to the rain, we have rescheduled today's Butterfly Program to: Wednesday, July 24 at 2pm.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
07/15/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

A golden opportunity! If you’re a New Yorker age 62 and older, vehicle entry to most NY State Parks on weekdays (non-holiday) is FREE! It's called the Golden Park Program.
Learn more ➡️ http://ow.ly/BmEu30p5NFN

Today is the day! Celebrate Tinker Nature Park's newest resident, Pudge the Dove, in a big way! Complimentary ice cream ...
07/13/2019

Today is the day! Celebrate Tinker Nature Park's newest resident, Pudge the Dove, in a big way! Complimentary ice cream by Abbott's, mini-cupcakes, Pudge crafts, and a story-time with the guest of honor. Museums open for showing, and live music in the barn by Patchwork.

07/12/2019
Alzheimer's Association: Rochester, NY

Alzheimer's Association: Rochester, NY

Recently, we visited the Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta. While everybody else was touring the Tinker Homestead Museum, Sandra Kingston and her mom Barbara explored the Hansen Nature Center – home of this cute dove. The dove loved Barbara’s hat and she took it for a ride in her wheelchair. If you are interested in joining Barbara, Sandra and other individuals living with dementia and their caregivers on our fun outings this summer, call 1-800-272-3900.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
07/04/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

“It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.”
(Theodore Roosevelt)

Happy Fourth of July! On this day in 1817, the first shovel of dirt for the Erie Canal was turned in Rome.

Learn more about the Erie Canal dream that helped build a nation: www.eriecanalway.org/learn/history-culture/build-nation

Photos: Rome, ECNHC & Ken Cahill

The Nature Center is closed beginning July 4th and will open on Tuesday, July 9 at 9:00 am. Park trails remain open from...
07/04/2019

The Nature Center is closed beginning July 4th and will open on Tuesday, July 9 at 9:00 am. Park trails remain open from sunup until sundown, with restrooms available at the Calkins Rd. Parking Lot. Happy Independence Day!

07/01/2019

We would like to thank the artists who participated in our inaugural art show at the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum. The quality of their work was outstanding and visitation to this event exceeded our expectations. We look forward to hosting our local artists again next year!

One more day to our first ever Tinker Homestead Art Show!We have artwork from 13 local artists on display in the homeste...
06/28/2019

One more day to our first ever Tinker Homestead Art Show!
We have artwork from 13 local artists on display in the homestead and barn. There will also be children's art activities and lawn games. The program is free and open to the public and runs Saturday, June 29th from 11am - 3:00pm.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
06/20/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#TBT Over 300 bridges spanned the Original Erie Canal (Clinton's Ditch); many were built to connect farmlands that the canal cut through. You will still find lots of unique bridges to explore along the canals!

Plan your next trip: www.eriecanalway.org/explore/locks

Photos: painting by J. W. Hill (the original painting is part of the NYPL The New York Public Library collection), Old Erie Canal State Park.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/20/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Bees and butterflies are not the only pollinators in town. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds do their fair share of pollinating. With a slender beak and long tongue, they can easily sip nectar from tubular shaped flowers-- like this Beebalm. Pollen is sticky, so it easily adheres to their beak. As the Hummingbird darts from flower to flower searching for nectar, they inadvertently disperse pollen from the previous flower to the next. This simple but vital act fertilizes a flower. 📸: DarrelNicks. Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. #wildlifewednesday #nystateparks #birdsofny #plantnatives #rubythroatedhummingbird #nationalpollinatorweek

Pausing to Ponder Pollinators
06/19/2019
Pausing to Ponder Pollinators

Pausing to Ponder Pollinators

It is Pollinator Week, the week we celebrate pollinators small and tiny. Our native pollinators, including bumble bees, mining bees, bee flies, longhorn beetles, and flower moths, play an importan…

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
06/14/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#onthisday in 1818, the first boats pass through the locks at Seneca Falls. The Cayuga-Seneca Canal replaced a privately owned canal built by the Seneca Lock Navigation Company in 1821; the state-owned canal opened in 1828.

Grab Your Phone – Take a Picture
06/12/2019
Grab Your Phone – Take a Picture

Grab Your Phone – Take a Picture

This Saturday is National Nature Photography Day. So, grab your phone, head out to your favorite state park and take some pictures. Here are a few tips to help you take great photos with your phon…

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/06/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Summer Blues. In the bird world male Indigo Buntings are showstoppers-- blue all over, with slightly deeper blue plumage on his its head and a shiny gray beak. Look for this fairly common, sparrow-sized songbird in weedy fields, shrubby areas, hedgerows and where fields meet woodland edges. Typically they are seen perched high in the treetops or on utility lines as they whistle a bouncy song, and periodically swish their tails from side to side. Indigo buntings dine on seeds, and berries but spend most of their time gleaning insects off branches in low vegetation. 📸: @karenmillspaugh #WildlifeWednesday #nystateparks #birdingisbadass #macnaturecenter #bluecanaries #birdingphotography #thousandislands #whatbirsisthat #wellesleyisland #wellesleyislandstatepark

Come learn about Herbs this Saturday at 10:00 with Cornell Master Gardener Linda Groves. She will be discussing culinary...
06/05/2019

Come learn about Herbs this Saturday at 10:00 with Cornell Master Gardener Linda Groves. She will be discussing culinary herbs, seed starting, seed storing, and over wintering herbs to use next year!

We would like to thank all our garden volunteers for the hard work they do in planning, planting and maintaining the gar...
06/01/2019

We would like to thank all our garden volunteers for the hard work they do in planning, planting and maintaining the gardens at the Tinker Homestead. May 31st was planting day and the gardens look great! We sincerely appreciate all they do.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/31/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Tomorrow is National Trails Day! Get out on the Erie Canalway Trail or the NYS Canalway Water Trail and track your Canalway Challenge miles! www.canalwaychallenge.org

Photo courtesy Glenn Charles.

Upcoming programs:10:00 AM Saturday, June 1st - Introduction to Bonsai10:00 AM Saturday, June 8th - Introduction to Grow...
05/31/2019

Upcoming programs:

10:00 AM Saturday, June 1st - Introduction to Bonsai
10:00 AM Saturday, June 8th - Introduction to Growing Herbs.
Rochester Beekeepers Meeting at 1:30pm, Saturday, June 1st - open to all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping.
Programs are free and open to the public and take place in the Hansen Nature Center Classroom.

Erie Canal
05/30/2019
Erie Canal

Erie Canal

In 1806, merchant Jesse Hawley’s inability to secure quick, economical transportation for his flour cost him not only money but his freedom. He was sentenced to 20 months in debtors’ prison after one of his shipments of flour went bad.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/27/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

On this Memorial Day, we honor all the generations of military men & women who have served our country and pay tribute to the supreme sacrifices they have made for our freedom. Thank you.

The Hansen Nature Center will be Closed beginning Saturday, May 25 and will Open on Tuesday, May 28. Park Trails are ope...
05/24/2019

The Hansen Nature Center will be Closed beginning Saturday, May 25 and will Open on Tuesday, May 28. Park Trails are open from 7am until sundown, restrooms available at the Calkins Rd. Parking Lot. Please remember, dogs are not permitted in Tinker Nature Park, Thank you.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/16/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Spring Reminder: If you come upon a fawn curled up in the grass on your next hike admire it for a brief moment, at a distance and move on, never touch or interfere. The fawn is doing exactly what nature intended—staying quiet and hidden. Whitetail deer mothers are typically within 100 yards but they purposefully keep their distance so they do not attract predators to the fawn. Mothers will visit periodically to nurse or lead their fawn to another safe location. By hiding their fawns in tall grass or thick vegetation they can stay out of sight until they are stronger and thanks to their lack of scent and dappled coat, they will remain undetected by predators. #wildlifewednesday

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/14/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Old Erie Canal Heritage Park- Port Byron is open for the season! Drop by the visitor center and park and see the stone chambers of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 52 and the Erie House. An easy stop between exit 41 and 40 on the eastbound NY Thruway.

Where is Jack?
05/09/2019
Where is Jack?

Where is Jack?

Jack is in the pulpit. Who is Jack? ‘Jack’ is the spike flower cluster (or spadix) of the early spring wildflower known as bog onion, wild turnip, brown dragon, and most commonly jack-in-the-pulpit…

Upcoming Saturday Morning Garden Seminar:May 11 Rock Gardening10:00am with Cornell Master Gardener Gerald KralProgram is...
05/08/2019

Upcoming Saturday Morning Garden Seminar:
May 11 Rock Gardening
10:00am with Cornell Master Gardener Gerald Kral
Program is Free and Open to the Public

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/06/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canal was dubbed "The Mother of Cities" for giving rise to so many communities and towns along its shores. Today, 80% of upstate New York residents still live within 25 miles of the canal.

Feeder put out today and first Oriole of the season!
05/03/2019

Feeder put out today and first Oriole of the season!

Rochester Beekeepers May 4, 2019, 1:30-3:30pmHansen Nature Center in Tinker ParkWe will review the video of last meeting...
04/30/2019

Rochester Beekeepers May 4, 2019, 1:30-3:30pm
Hansen Nature Center in Tinker Park

We will review the video of last meeting's presentation and discuss.

Also, we will inspect the teaching hive, if it is warm enough.

All area beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping are welcome to attend

04/29/2019
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canal is an evolving American story full of vision, hope, ingenuity and determination. In the 1800s, these inland waterways literally transformed our fledgling nation economically and socially. Today, communities connected by these waterways are refocusing on their waterfronts and using the canal system’s amazingly unique infrastructure to attract investment and fuel rejuvenated economies. THANK YOU for supporting our efforts to preserve, promote and revitalize upstate New York’s legendary canal system and the diverse communities that line its shores. Heritage & Historic Preservation - NPS Paul D. Tonko

Saturday, April 27th: 11:00 AM In recognition of Earth Day, join us at the Hansen Nature Center for a Live Animal Progra...
04/26/2019

Saturday, April 27th: 11:00 AM
In recognition of Earth Day, join us at the Hansen Nature Center for a Live Animal Program by WOWEE: World of Wildlife Educational Encounters!

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/23/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

83 stone locks were built for the original Erie Canal (Clinton’s Ditch); the Enlarged Erie (completed by 1862) reduced that to 72. Trace history and track miles along the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail and find the remains of many of these locks along the way. The Canalway Challenge launches in one week on April 30! www.canalwaychallenge.org
Photo: 1800s lock at Montezuma Heritage Park in Montezuma, by Keith Boas Montezuma Historical Society - Friends of Montezuma Heritage Park

04/19/2019

The Hansen Nature Center will be CLOSED on Saturday, April 20th for the Easter Break. Park Trails are open from 7am until Sundown. Restrooms are available at the Calkins Rd. Parking Lot. Please remember Dogs are not permitted in Tinker Nature Park.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/19/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Canal rewatering begins today! The gates are opening and water levels will start to rise today and over the coming week. The canal is set to open May 17! Photo: Guard gate in Albion on the Erie Canal Learn about structures used to operate the canal at https://eriecanalway.org/explore/locks

Toad Abodes - Tenants needed!
04/18/2019

Toad Abodes - Tenants needed!

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/18/2019

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#TBT A perfect fit! The Erie Canal had three distinct eras: The Original Erie Canal (Clinton's Ditch) was 40 feet wide; the Enlarged Erie Canal was 70 feet wide; and the Barge Canal (today's canal) is 120-200 feet wide with 310-foot long locks. The canal boats were made to measure! Photo: Tug Geo Lattimer and barge in Lock E17 in Little Falls, 1921

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
04/16/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Woodland wildflowers are on the scene, and Bloodroot is one of the first to appear. This flower’s name comes from the dark red sap that runs through its roots and leaf veins. Admire, but don’t touch-- the sap is a skin irritant. Bloodroot petals only open in the sunlight, at night or on very cloudy days they remain closed as pollinators are not active. These flowers are known as ‘spring ephemerals’ --short-lived spring wildflowers whose petals fall within a day or two of pollination. Look for these native blooms in undisturbed woodlands near ponds or streams. 📸: @sara.stebbi Clark Reservation State Park: http://ow.ly/uHiO30os2ZN #takeonlypictures #springephemeral #pleasedonotpicktheflowers

04/10/2019
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

And they have been singing at Tinker Park the last few days!

Sounds of Spring: This deafening high pitch sound is of Spring Peepers-- tiny frogs just 1" in length. Each spring these amphibians congregate in wetland areas where the males will belt out a continuous song to attract female frogs. A Peeper’s diet consists of ants, flies, spiders, and beetles. While they are excellent climbers with large toe pads for the job, they typically spend most of their time on the forest floor. If they hear a human or animal approach they will all go silent simultaneously until they feel the threat has passed. #WildlifeWednesday

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
04/04/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Do you bird? Spring is the ideal time to get started. Birds are everywhere, they are endlessly diverse, exciting in shape, size, color, and behavior. Join us for one of our many birding programs-- and we'll get you up to speed on identifying who's who. http://ow.ly/LPuS30oks3t #whatbirdisthat

04/04/2019

REGISTRATION FOR BOTH TOAD ABODE CLASSES IS CLOSED! Thank you for your interest! We are very excited for these classes!

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
04/04/2019

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

A pouch, a unique tail, a boat-load of sharp teeth (more than any other North American land animal!) AND immunity to venomous snake bites, bee stings and rabies-- the Opossum is truly a super marsupial. In fact, it’s North America's only marsupial (an animal that carries their young in a pouch, like a kangaroo). Opossums are nocturnal and when it comes to food they are anything but fussy-- plants, fruits, insects, garbage, and other small animals including carrion are all on the menu—including ticks! They are fastidious groomers, and quickly kill and consume about 95% of the ticks that land on them. And to top it off, their tail is a prehensile tail—specially adapted for grasping and wrapping around things like tree limbs. #wildlifewednesday

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