Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Picture Perfect Day for an Egg Hunt!

The staff at Tinker Nature Park would like to thank all those involved that helped make this years egg hunt a success. This event would not be possible without the help of the Henrietta Recreation Department,  Parks Department, Senior Center and Henrietta's Youth Asset Team. From planning, set up and running the event these groups are always a pleasure to work with. Over 275 children were registered and the weather was the best we've had in recent memory for this event.
Youth Asset Team

Countdown to start - 7 & 8 year olds

The race is on!

Library card drive was a welcome addition.

A visit by the Easter Bunny to the nature center.

Crafts are always popular.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Owl Box

 The Allendale-Columbia Nursery School Class visited the Hansen Nature Center with the goal of making an owl nest box to donate to Tinker Nature Park. The class did an excellent job and can be proud of their contribution to wildlife habitat in the park. The nature center will have plans available for anyone who may be  interested in making their own owl nesting box.


Paul Schnell, of the Institute for Environmental Learning presented a class on photography. Following his presentation, attendees were given the opportunity to practice their photographic skills with various birds of prey from the Institute. All birds were rehabilitated and are unable to return to the wild.
Paul discussing his photographic experiences.

Peregrine Falcon

Barn Owl

Bald Eagle

Weather cooperated for some outside practice.

Scenes from the End of Winter

The Burr Oak facing an end of season blizzard.

Canada geese pairing up for the nesting season.

Pileated woodpecker evidence in the woodlot.

Woodland swamp still ice covered.

Woodpecker activity throughout the woodlot

Pond still frozen over.

Nesting Bluebirds - a sign of Spring!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Program Announcement:

Speaker added to the March 15th Backyard Habitat Program:

Lori Broccolo, owner Broccolo Tree and Landscape will be speaking on Henrietta Pride, a collaborative effort to promote a feeling of Pride, Stewardship and Responsibility for the Town of Henrietta's natural resources and community assets. The goal of Henrietta Pride is to prepare Henrietta to become the first Audubon Sanctuary Sustainable Community in the North East. Laurie will discuss the achievements to date, and plans for the near future to achieve Henrietta's certification.

Spring will return!

Upcoming Programs at the Hansen Nature Center

Saturday Garden Programs continue to be popular at the Hansen Nature Center. 

Linda Schamberger presented on attracting Bluebirds.
Rosita Cardi-Miller presented on the use of fresh herbs in cooking.

Upcoming program schedule for the month of March:

   Mar. 8th: Grafting of Woody Plants: Presented by Ted Hildebrant, Owner of Coldwater Pond Nursery. Ted's nursery specializes in the propagation of woody ornamental plants. He will describe and demonstrate the commonly used methods for grafting of ornamental and fruit trees.

     Mar. 15: Preparing a Backyard Habitat: Learn how to create a wildlife habitat in your backyard. Cornell Master Gardener John Colagrosso will share his experiences in developing his backyard as a habitat for a variety of wildlife
     Mar 22: Nature in Focus, (a course in photography), presented by naturalist Paul Schnell, Institute for Environmental Learning and professional photographer. Bring your camera and join Paul in learning how to improve your photographic skills. This program appeals to beginners, serious amateurs and pros alike. 

Programs start at 10:00am and are free and open to the public. Please call 359-7044 to reserve a spot as space is limited. Sponsored by the Town of Henrietta and the Friends of Tinker Nature Park.

Henrietta Seniors Winter Visit

Seniors from the Henrietta Senior Center Snowshoeing at Tinker Nature Park.
Into the woods to start the hike
Finishing the trek down country lane
If you can walk, you can snowshoe
No age limit for snowshoeing
Great Day for a Winter Hike!
We always enjoy having the Henrietta Seniors visit the Tinker Nature Park for a winter outing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Annual Tree Recycling at Tinker Nature Park

Tinker Nature Park would like to thank all who participated in our annual Tree Recycling Program.
Hundreds of trees were kept out of the landfill and the mulch will be used to resurface the parks nature trail. In addition we collected over 70 grocery bags of food to the RH Area Food Terminal. Such donations are very important in helping to restock  the shelves following the Holidays.
Thank you to B&T Ree Service for providing the chipper and manpower both days. Also thank you the the Parks Department Employees Tom, Scott, Heather and Barb in the assistance of unloading trees on a not too pleasant weekend. Finally, thank you to the community for its continued support of this program.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas at Tinker Nature Park

At the Hansen Nature Center
While visitors were treated to an old-fashioned Christmas at the Tinker Homestead, visitors to the nature center were entertained by the Christmas music of Dean Santos, children's crafts and of course, a visit from Santa Claus.
Dean Santos (center) leading the band in holiday songs

Santa helps each child create their own ornament

Santa and his merry band of elves
Families crafting and enjoying cookies and cocoa

Ornaments drying and waiting to go home to their trees
We would like to thank the Friends of Tinker Nature Park for helping to sponsor this program. Thank you also to the Town of Henrietta Recreation Department and Youth Asset Team Volunteers for helping to make this program a success. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tinker Nature Park.

Scenes from Christmas at Tinker 2013

 Victorian Christmas Celebration at Tinker Homestead
Many thanks to the volunteers of the Tinker Homestead in helping decorate and staff the Tinker Homestead for our annual Christmas Open House. This year we saw steady stream of visitors, and may have been the largest turnout over both days in recent memory.

Town Historian Tina Thompson(back left) with Tinker docents Joe, Sandy, Martha, Betty and Beth

Swags over mantle and doors - Homestead Kitchen

Jessica and Warren playing traditional Christmas Music for visitors to the Homestead

Victorian table top Christmas tree in the best parlor

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Victorian Christmas

Christmas at Tinker Nature Park

December 7th and 8th
Noon - 3:00pm
Enjoy traditional Holiday music while visiting the Tinker Homestead decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Make Ornaments with Santa at the Hansen Nature Center. Enjoy cookies, cocoa and Holiday Music at the Nature Center.
Sponsored By the Town of Henrietta and
The Friends of Tinker Nature Park.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Harvest Festival at Tinker Nature Park
Saturday, September 21st from Noon-3pm.  
 Watch as we extract honey from our hives, honey for sale, sample  food made with honey, music, horse drawn wagon rides (nominal fee), apple cider pressing. Tinker Homestead Open House. Music by Golden Eagle String Band at the Horse Barn and Music by Dean Santos at the Nature Center Pavilion. Fall Plant Sale by Henrietta Garden Club.