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.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/07/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#TBT In Western New York, the Erie Canal route has remained largely unchanged for the past 200 years, the channel was widened and deepened with each enlargement. In Central NY, the Barge Canal was rerouted through Oneida Lake; Enlarged Erie remains are visible throughout the region, including in Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. In the Mohawk Valley, where the river was canalized, large portions of the Enlarged Erie's right-of-way were paved in to create the interstate highway in the 1950s. Learn about each region's unique landscape and flavor: eriecanalway.org/explore/itineraries

Photo: Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
05/07/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Woodland Wildflowers. Purple Trillium is a member of the lily family, blooming in early spring and thriving in damp, shady soils. Like all Trilliums, their parts come in groups of three, 3 petaled blooms with 3 pointed green leaves. While the maroon blossom is beautiful it gives off a foul scent, similar to rotting meat. This scent help attract pollinators like carrion flies and bumblebees. Purple Trillium is also known as Wake Robin and Stinking Benjamin. As with all wildflowers please admire but do not pick-- these beauties belong in the woods. 📸: @long_hair_hiker #nystateparks #wildflowerwednesday #leavenotrace #trailethics #stinkingbenjamin #wakerobin #springwildflowers #purpletrillium #wildflowersofinstagram #donotpicktheflowers #scentsofspring

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/06/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Have you been tuning in to Quarantine Coffee Hour presented by Erie Canal Museum's educator, Derrick Pratt? Every Thursday, Derrick goes live on the museum's page to discuss a different article that was shared on the Monday. Learn about the canal, ask questions, and join the discussion on Thursdays at 10am.

Photo: Syracuse Weighlock Building, now home to the Erie Canal Museum

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
05/06/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

The Fairport lift bridge is famed, in part, for its unusual configuration. Built in 1914 as part of the Barge Canal, the bridge carries Main Street across the canal at a 32-degree angle; it is lower on the north side than the south; one side of the bridge is longer than the other, so its shape is an irregular decagon; no two angles on it are the same, and no corners are square. The bridge is currently undergoing a facelift, as seen in the photo below taken by Sandi Osterwise.

Photos: Fairport Lift Bridge and Parker Street Bridge at night, Fairport, Sandi Osterwise, April 2020.

NYS Canalway Water Trail News - Important Safety Updates!
05/01/2020
NYS Canalway Water Trail News - Important Safety Updates!

NYS Canalway Water Trail News - Important Safety Updates!

Most events in May and June have been canceled or postponed. This includes Paddle the Mohawk Valley on June 6. If you already registered, you should have received an email from us with refund options. If you have any questions, please contact Mona Caron at [email protected].

When A Flu Reined In New York
04/29/2020
When A Flu Reined In New York

When A Flu Reined In New York

As we New Yorkers endure the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural question for historians is: how did people react to epidemics in the past? By now you may be aware of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which …

Among the Blue Cohosh,  Heard before seen....
04/29/2020

Among the Blue Cohosh, Heard before seen....

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/29/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

There is so much to learn about the Erie Canal and the NYS Canal System. Dive into the science and technology of locks, marvel at the nature and wildlife, and understand how a 363-mile waterway built the Empire State…from your home! Check out our resources for students, teachers, and parents, especially if you are homeschooling right now. eriecanalway.org/learn

Photo: Student's Day in Waterford, Alana Sparrow.

Display Garden in Early Spring - We appreciate our garden volunteers for the spruce up, all while wearing masks and soci...
04/29/2020

Display Garden in Early Spring - We appreciate our garden volunteers for the spruce up, all while wearing masks and social distancing.

I LOVE NEW YORK
04/29/2020

I LOVE NEW YORK

Explore New York State through your screen on a virtual tour of Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East! 👉 bit.ly/2KIHp9y (mobile device users will need to rotate their devices to view)

📸: @maxwellbaileyphotography via Instagram

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
04/28/2020
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Is it a moss? No, moss is a plant. Is it a fungus? Well, yes and no. Lichens take on many different forms and colors, and in New York State alone, there are over 800 types of lichens-- read all about it in the #nystateparksblog. http://ow.ly/aT4b30qBqze

Signs of Spring: Goslings, May-apple emerging, Spicebush in bloom and Trout Lilly in a bed of moss.
04/28/2020

Signs of Spring: Goslings, May-apple emerging, Spicebush in bloom and Trout Lilly in a bed of moss.

04/26/2020
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Wetland Symphony. While we’re parked at home it’s business as usual for wildlife. How many different animal species can you hear at this NY wetland? :60-seconds of calm 🧘🏽‍♀️🍃 Volume up, repeat as needed. 🔁 #nystateparks #NatureRx #60secondsofnature #naturenearby #deepbreathandexhale #signsofspring #birdsandfrogssinging

Coloring Pages from New York State
04/24/2020
Coloring Pages from New York State

Coloring Pages from New York State

From Montauk Lighthouse to the Wild Walk’s Eagle’s Nest, download and color pages from landmarks across New York State.

Henrietta Parks and Recreation
04/24/2020

Henrietta Parks and Recreation

HEADS UP!

Our 2020 Summer brochure should be arriving in resident homes soon. Please note that it will be delivered as an insert inside the Henrietta Happenings Newsletter. For a sneak peak go to: https://www.henrietta.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/parks_and_recreation/page/3871/summer_2020_brochure.pdf

With an ever-evolving pandemic situation, some of the programs and dates may change due to the circumstances at the time. Please visit https://parksandrecreation.henrietta.org for the most up-to-date information regarding summer programming.

I LOVE NEW YORK
04/22/2020

I LOVE NEW YORK

For Earth Day this year, we are celebrating some of the beautiful New York State gems that remind us just how important it is to celebrate Earth Day. Not just today, but every day. We may not be able to cherish these views in person right now, but that doesn't mean we can't marvel at them from afar until it is safe to explore. 📸: @notacairnintheworld_ / @bsjonesphotography / @kylemabailey via Instagram

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/22/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day along New York's canals. Canal Clean Sweep, the canals' annual Earth Day clean up, was canceled this year, so how about we all pitch in and pick up a bit of trash if we see any next time we're on the Canalway Trail? www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/earth-day.htm
Photo: Great Blue Heron (Brewerton) by Kristin Mosher

Small Space Gardening: an Online Presentation
04/22/2020
Small Space Gardening: an Online Presentation

Small Space Gardening: an Online Presentation

Whether you're an experienced gardener or a beginner, you probably know that harvesting fresh food from your backyard is one of the greatest joys of gardening. But the future harvest requires planning and p...

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/21/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

#thenandnow Historic Lock 60 in Macedon is an impressive site. Built in 1841, this Erie Canal lock saw so much traffic that it was doubled in 1874, and lengthened in 1888. The entire lock has been preserved by volunteers, who recently uncovered the west wall of the stone lock. You can visit via a short spur trail from the Canalway Trail or from a low dock on the canal.

Photos: Macedon Historical Society, Keith Boas, Bill Lawton.

Yes, it really is Spring!
04/19/2020

Yes, it really is Spring!

04/19/2020
Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

When is a dandelion not a dandelion? Test your nature detective skills on this non-native, tricky, important wildflower in your neighborhood!

Check for brand new Nature Detectives videos every Monday and Friday at noon right here on Letchworth State Park’s page.

#RecreateLocal

04/17/2020
I LOVE NEW YORK

I LOVE NEW YORK

Take a step back, and allow for a peaceful moment during your day guided by the tranquil waterways of New York State.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/17/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

If you are looking for quieter places to be outside, consider visiting a Watchable Wildlife site. Designated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, you can find them throughout New York. Listed below are ones within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/55450.html

Champlain Region
Saratoga NHP, Stillwater
Schoharie Crossing SHS, Fort Hunter

Central NY
Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville
Buttermilk Falls SP, Ithaca
Finger Lakes NF, Hector
Great Swamp Conservancy, Canastota
Green Lakes SP, Fayetteville
Mendon Ponds Park, Pittsford
Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Seneca, Wayne & Cayuga counties
Rome Sand Plains RMA
Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, Ithaca
Utica Marsh WMA

Western NY
Iroquois NWR, Orleans & Genesee counties
Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo

Photo: common merganser with chicks, by Lynn Cleveland

2020 New York Recycles! Poster ContestAttention All New York State Teachers and Students! We are once again inviting all...
04/17/2020

2020 New York Recycles! Poster Contest

Attention All New York State Teachers and Students! We are once again inviting all New York State public and private school children and youth organizations to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the 18th Annual New York Recycles! Poster Contest. This poster contest helps us to achieve our goal of higher excellence in waste reduction, recycling, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging. The winners receive the honor of having their artwork showcased in the 2021 NY Recycles! calendar, which will be distributed throughout the State. Creating a New York Recycles! Poster is a great way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.

Submit your poster by Friday, May 29th, and winners will be notified before the end of the school year. This beautiful poster was submitted by Estee Hofman from HAFTR High School and received second place in the Grades 10-12 category. For more information on the poster contest rules.

Please email [email protected] or call 518-402-8706 if you have any questions.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/32506.html

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/15/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

On this day in 1817, NYS Legislature passed the act to construct the Erie and Champlain canals. Two hundred years later, the NYS Canal System still stands as a testament to the dedication, hard work, and grit of New Yorkers.

Photo: canal workers working on a coffer dam at Lock 12, courtesy of New York State Archives.

I LOVE NEW YORK
04/14/2020

I LOVE NEW YORK

To celebrate #LookUpAtTheSkyDay, check out the Roberson Museum and Science Center virtual planetarium programs! From stars to planets and everything in between, take a deeper look at the sky above. 📸: @trevorbelyea via Instagram

bit.ly/2XzwEOl

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
04/12/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Bring the outdoors inside! If you need some outdoor views while staying home, check out these highlights of state parkland from the comfort of your living room. #StayHome #StopTheSpread http://www.nystateparkstours.com

From our friends in Scottsville - a nice way to self tour the village's historic charm.
04/10/2020

From our friends in Scottsville - a nice way to self tour the village's historic charm.

Here's a family activity for the weekend. Something to get you outdoors. (Masks and all.) Thanks to our town historian, Barb Chapman, for making this Walking Tour available again for posting here.

04/09/2020
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

New Yorkers are not the only ones staying close to home: this Eastern Bluebird family-to-be is staying local too— in its backyard nest box. Eastern Bluebirds are cavity nesters, meaning they prefer to raise their family in the cavity or hollow of a tree or old woodpecker hole but the proper size nest box will do just fine. While the female Eastern Bluebird builds the nest and does the lion share of the incubation, typically 4-5 pale blue eggs (occasionally white). The male bluebird brings her food consistently throughout the day— crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, earthworms and more. Eggs are incubated for 13-16 days and once these chicks hatch, both parents will dutifully hunt all day for insects, making hundreds of trips to feed the nestlings until they are ready to fledge the nest in 18-19 days. #wildlifewednesday

If you have the right habitat or know someone who does consider building a nest box. http://ow.ly/6saC30qwo2R

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
04/08/2020

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Amidst these challenging times, the Erie Canal Museum is inviting you to explore their collections from the comfort of your own home. Tour their online exhibits and tune into their page for presentations and discussions about the Erie Canal. eriecanalmuseum.org/exhibitions/digital-exhibits/

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1525 Calkins Rd
Henrietta, NY
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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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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. ❤️