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.

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The Wonderful World of Mason Bees
07/14/2020
The Wonderful World of Mason Bees

The Wonderful World of Mason Bees

In honor of National Pollinator Week last month, let’s give a tribute to a native New York bee. While there are hundreds of bee species in the state, this shout-out is for one species – the mason b…

Tinker Nature Park's cover photo
07/11/2020

Tinker Nature Park's cover photo

We will be requiring registration for several of our programs this summer! To register, please go to https://parksandrec...
07/10/2020

We will be requiring registration for several of our programs this summer! To register, please go to https://parksandrecreation.henrietta.org/ and go to the "Tinker Nature Programs" section!

Note: NOT every program will require registration. It will be noted on the event info.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
07/10/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#TBT During the 1880 season, 4,608,651 tons of cargo were transported through the Erie Canal, the largest tonnage in the canal's history.

Photo: Canal boat in Syracuse Weighlock, 1880. This building still stands today and houses the Erie Canal Museum.

Come visit Pudge and the other birds at the Nature Center! Masks are required in the Nature Center! We will be open Tues...
07/07/2020

Come visit Pudge and the other birds at the Nature Center! Masks are required in the Nature Center! We will be open Tuesday - Saturday 8:30 - 3:00 pm

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
07/07/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

#MondayMotivation It’s not just about the badge, it’s about the journey (but the badge is pretty sweet too)! This summer reach your personal, one-of-a-kind mileage goal – whether cycling, paddling, running, hiking or walking along New York’s canals and see how the miles add up. 🚴🏿‍♀️🚣‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️🥾
Visit: www.canalwaychallenge.org
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
07/04/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Happy Fourth of July! On this day in 1817, the first shovel of dirt for the Erie Canal was turned in Rome. The Erie Canal helped shape the nation and today we are toasting both!

Photo: Ilion Marina, Cliff Oram

07/01/2020

Update: Calkins Rd Parking lot restrooms are open - we recommend using hand sanitizer before and after use. Also, the parking lot on Pittsford-Henrietta Town Line Rd is open.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/30/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NEWS: The NY State Parks Explorer mobile app is now live! Available for both iOS and Android, this free app provides key info about destinations, activities and adventures all in one place. Discover must-see locations and enjoy quick access to directions, hours, trail maps, and helpful know-before-you go details. Download today!

📱Apple Store: http://ow.ly/pzGL30qV56f
📱Google Play: http://ow.ly/PrI630qV54O

06/30/2020
I LOVE NEW YORK

I LOVE NEW YORK

From Niagara Falls to Chittenango, New York State is home to hundreds of stunning waterfalls.

06/30/2020

Update: Restrooms by the Calkins Rd. Parking Lot and the Parking Lot on Pittsford-Henrietta Town Line Rd.Lot are still closed..Opening is planned for July 1 pending approval.. Playground and Fitness equipment are "use at own Risk" It is recommended to sanitize hands before and after using, social distance practices are still required. Picnic tables have been placed in various locations and socially distanced at the pavilions, please do not rearrange. The nature center remains closed, pending approval of re-opening plan. Reminder - dogs are not permitted and the park is carry in, carry out. Announcement will be made when restrooms, town line road parking lot and nature center are officially opened.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
06/30/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Welcome home! The Colonial Belle Tour Boat returns to its “home” dock in Fairport on Tuesday, June 30, traveling from the NY State dry dock in Lyons where the vessel has been stored since the end of the canal season last fall. The first public cruises aboard the Colonial Belle this season are scheduled to begin on the 4th of July, the anniversary of the day that the first dirt was shoveled in 1817 to begin the digging the Erie Canal. colonialbelle.com

Photo: Colonial Belle in Pittsford, Carl Crumley

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/23/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Are you using shared-use paths, rail trails, canal trails, or bike paths? If you answered yes, we want your input! Tell us how you use these trails and how NY's trail network should look in the future. Don't wait-- the Greenway Trails Survey closes July 1. http://GreenwaysPlan.org

NYS  Department of Environmental Conservation
06/17/2020

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Join us tomorrow at 9am for another #AdventureAtHome Facebook LIVE event with our special guest hosts from NY State Parks & Historic Sites, who will be talking about frogs you might find in your own neighborhood. You will hear the sounds that frogs make and maybe even see some up close.

06/12/2020
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

When named NY State Parks Commissioner in 2019, Erik Kulleseid made history as the first gay person to serve in that position. He is committed to ensuring that individuals from underrepresented communities feel welcome and safe at State Parks and know that they belong. Last year, we officially recognized Pride Month for the first time by raising the pride flag at nearly 30 parks and launching the #prideoutsideny hashtag to encourage our LGBTQ visitors to share their outdoor experiences.

This year, Commissioner Kulleseid commemorates Pride Month virtually-- highlighting the agency's recognition of the contributions of the LGBTQ community to our state and welcoming everyone to enjoy our parks this summer, together, as one community. 🏳️‍🌈🌳🍃 #nystateparks #prideoutsideNY #LGBTQOutside #LoveisLove #LGBTQIA #LGBTQ

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
06/12/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#TBT Before the Erie Canal, a six-mile portage called the Great Carrying Place, or Oneida Carrying Place, existed to connect the Mohawk River and the Hudson River to the east and Wood Creek and Lake Ontario to the west. A European settlement grew around this ancient trade route that would later become the city of Rome.

Discover Wildflowers Right Outside Your DoorYou can find wildflowers just about anywhere! Look for wildflowers at your l...
06/11/2020

Discover Wildflowers Right Outside Your Door

You can find wildflowers just about anywhere! Look for wildflowers at your local park, in your backyard, in fields and forests, and along roadsides. Not only are they nice to look at, but can be food for wildlife, including pollinators. Learn more in the Conservationist for Kids pollinator issue. Wildlife may eat the leaves, flowers, seeds or stems.

Below are some species of native wildflowers:

butterfly weed–orange flowers, found in dry fields throughout summer
wild blue lupine–blue/purple flowers, found in dry, sandy areas from late spring to summer
selfheal–light purple flowers, found on lawns, fields, and roadsides from late spring to fall
black-eyed susan–yellow/orange flowers, look in dry to moist open areas from summer to fall
jack in the pulpit–green and purple striped hood, grows in moist woods from spring to early summer

Want to know more about a certain species? Look up specific wildflowers on the New York Flora Atlas website.

Try planting wildflowers in your backyard. Choose native species whenever possible. Short on extra space? Use a container.

We would like to thank our garden volunteers for their continued support and hard work in our display gardens!
06/09/2020

We would like to thank our garden volunteers for their continued support and hard work in our display gardens!

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
06/09/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Path Through History Weekend showcases the fascinating events and stories that helped shape the Empire State. This year it's happening online from June 15 to July 4--explore New York's rich heritage from your home!

paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/history-events/path-through-history-weekend/

Photo courtesy, Hudson River Lightkeeper

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/08/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Today! Starting at 9 am you can book new camping reservations for tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages for camping stays beginning on June 22. Camping capacity is limited and reservations are expected to fill quickly, no walk-ups.

Book online: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/
or call 1-800-456-CAMP.
Learn more: ow.ly/u7Nc30qN1mS

⚠️ Please note campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are overseen by the Department of Environmental Conservation operate on a different schedule and are not part of this opening. For details visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/camping.html

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
06/06/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Getting exercise is a beautiful thing when you are on the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail. Sign up for the Canalway Challenge, set your goal, and get moving. www.canalwaychallenge.org (Photo by Branden Knab, 15-Miler)

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/04/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Shhh, Do not disturb. 🦌
If you come upon a fawn curled up in the grass on your next walk or hike admire it for a few seconds, at a distance and move on, never touch or interfere. While it may seem odd to humans, the fawn is healthy and 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 and to 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 able to keep up with Mom. Thanks to their lack of scent and dappled coat, they can remain undetected by predators. If you care don’t touch—leave them there. Thank you!

If you see injured wildlife or believe they are orphaned or abandoned contact your local DEC Regional Wildlife Office or a wildlife rehabilitator near you for advice and assitance:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/261.html
#wildlifewednesday #donotdisturb #momiswatchingme #notabandoned #momknowsbest #whitetaildeer #donttouchwildlife #whitetailfawn

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/30/2020
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

At 325 miles, the Erie Canalway Trail crosses many communities and is the perfect place to enjoy a local nature break while social distancing at the same time! Cycling, walking, or jogging on your local segments provides close-to-home adventure for you and your loved ones. Learn more about staying healthy and fit along this historic route, and take up the #CanalwayChallenge for the season!
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor https://eriecanalway.org/explore/challenge

05/29/2020

Home Composting 101 & Beyond

The summer weather isn't the only thing starting to heat up, so is your compost pile. Unlike our garbage or recycling, composting allows us to directly manage our own wasted food and turn those food scraps into compost. Composting takes some care; add your greens, browns, water and air. Learn more about home composting whether you're a beginner or a bit more experienced.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1116532468703313&ref=watch_permalink (SU Center for Sustainable Community Solutions)
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=655864755260656&ref=watch_permalink' with DEC's Gary Feinland
Learn more about composting: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8799.html

Red Fox Dens in Suburban Areas:Around the time spring flowers are blooming and migrating songbirds are arriving, DEC sta...
05/28/2020

Red Fox Dens in Suburban Areas:
Around the time spring flowers are blooming and migrating songbirds are arriving, DEC starts receiving calls concerning fox sightings in and around rural and suburban areas. Red fox are small furbearers, typically 10 -12 lbs., about the size of a house cat. During the spring, fox seek out den sites to raise their young (kits). Sometimes, for homeowners, these den sites are not in ideal locations, including under sheds and porches.

What you can do:

Do nothing. Enjoy watching fox kits grow up and play in your yard. They typically leave their dens by the end of June.
Scare it away. Making loud noises near the den could convince the parents to move their young to a new den. Fox typically have more than one den and will move their young if they perceive a threat.
Remove artificial food sources. Feed pets indoors and secure any garbage or compost stored outside.
Exclusion. Erect a fence around your yard or block holes or areas which fox may find desirable to make a den. Make sure that the animals are not inside your yard or den before blocking them off.
Here are some facts that may debunk common fox myths:

It is common to observe a fox in the daytime during the spring and summer. Typically, it is a healthy animal working hard to provide food for itself and young.
Kits observed alone during the day are not necessarily abandoned. Their parents leave them in the safety of the den while they are out hunting for food, sometimes for hours at a time.
Fox don’t often attack house pets or children (unless they are rabid). Their typical diet consists of small mammals, including mice, squirrels, and rabbits.

Photo by Bill Glockler.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/27/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Enter the 2020 Erie Canalway Photo Contest! Share your views of the places and activities you love along the canals and in canal communities. Submit your images any time before 8/28/20 to win a spot in the 2021 Erie Canalway Calendar. Images must be horizontal format. Digital images accepted. eriecanalway.org/get-involved/photo-contest

Photo: Waterford Canal Park, Wesley Merritt. First Place, Canal Communities.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/22/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

When you're out and about in the Erie Canalway, stay a mule's length apart.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/22/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

As we welcome the unofficial start to summer please know we anticipate a busy weekend! Before traveling we strongly encourage you to check https://parks.ny.gov/parks/ for park closures and https://511ny.org/#:Alerts for traffic updates.

Many state parks and beaches have reduced parking by 50% and popular destinations will close early as lots fill. Do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. Plan ahead by checking our website and having alternate destinations ready if needed. When visiting please:

▪️Wear a mask or face covering WHEN social distancing is not possible, this includes on the trail and at the beaches and boardwalks
▪️Keep your blanket and chairs 10 feet from others
▪️Refrain from group sports and activities
▪️Give other visitors space on trails and in common areas
▪️Be prepared—facilities are limited and some amenities may not be available
▪️Leave no trace—pick up trash, carry in, carry out

Thank you, by working together we can help stop the spread, keep visitors and staff safe and enjoy the outdoors. 🌞🌊🌳

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/21/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#TBT Lock numbers on the original Erie Canal (Clinton's Ditch) were mindbogglingly confusing. When construction began in Rome, they didn't really know how many locks would be needed. Locks were numbered eastward from Rome, with Locks 33-51 in Cohoes, plus two more south of that in West Troy (Watervliet) and Albany. The numbering sequence picked up again west of the Rome summit level with Lock 54 on the outskirts of Syracuse and 83 at the top of the Lockport Flight. When the canal was enlarged from 1836-62, locks were numbered east-to-west with 1 at the Albany Basin and 71 at the top of the Lockport Flight.

Photo: NYS Canals, 1869

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/20/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

We need your input! State Parks has partnered with Parks & Trails New York to collect public input on the 2020 Statewide Greenways Plan. Greenway trails include, but are not limited to, shared-use paths designed for multiple uses such as rail trails, canal trails, or bike paths. Take this quick survey and tell us how you use these trails and share your thoughts how New York State's trail network should look in the future. http://ow.ly/VyoS30qHKXV

05/20/2020
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Ready, set, GO! The Canalway Challenge is on for 2020! Sign up, set your goal, and make your miles count: www.canalwaychallenge.com

NYS Canal Corporation I LOVE NEW YORK Parks & Trails New York NY State Parks & Historic Sites Our Ability Erie Canal Boat Company Old Erie Canal of CNY Lockport Main Street Discover Upstate NY NYup.com Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Erie Canal Museum

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/18/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

WEEKEND REMINDER
Know before you go, check ➡️ http://parks.ny.gov for closures and 511NY.org for traffic updates.

To encourage social distancing, many parks have reduced parking and will close early once lots have filled. Please respect our neighbors and surrounding communities, do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. Thank You. 👉http://parks.ny.gov #recreatelocal #leavenotrace

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1525 Calkins Rd
Henrietta, NY
14534

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Tinker Nature Park open seven days a week from 7am until sundown.

Dogs are NOT allowed in the park.

Hansen Nature Center is closed until further notice.

Park is carry in - carry out.

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What are these flowers? The bees loved them this morning. I don’t believe I’ve seen them before, and they were just in one small area. They look similar to wild garlic, but those are purple. ???
Found these keys on the table near the playground. Hopefully Susan Searls comes back for them.
With all of this fresh snow, I'm reminiscing our beautiful wedding we held on the bridge at Tinker this summer. The most beautiful natural back drops all throughout the park. 🌿
Front of the house during Christmas At Tinker 🎄🎅🏻
That all this is going on at The Tinker Nature Park is wonderful. It's phenomenal to see the home of my grandparents used in such an extraordinary manner. They would be delighted and very proud .
Tinker getting spruced up! Great job on the new bridge, and the exercise repairs and new mulch are awesome!👍👍👍😃
Some more pics from Harvest Fest Saturday 🍯🐝🍂🍁🍃
What a perfect day it was for Harvest Fest Tinker Nature Park
It was so cool seeing this black squirrel 🐿 today!!
The kids had fun with Pudge and Pudge seemed to love all the attention he was getting🐦♥️
What a fun day celebrating Pudge The Dove 🕊 🐦
Always a magical place...today a snake warming up along the wetlands trail. ❤️