Thursday, February 04, 2016

Saturday Morning Garden/Education Classes

 Programs begin at 10am. 
All programs are free and open to the public.  
Registration is requested.
Please call 359-7044 to register.

February 27th: Soap making and Cosmetics using natural beeswax and Honey - 10am. Presented by Beth Byrne
March 12th:
Landscaping for Birds, 10am. Presented by Jim Engel, owner of White Oak nursery in Canandaigua. Birds entertain us with their melodious song, daily activities and diversity  of color and form.  In order to attract birds to your yard, you need to supply what birds need to survive. Providing the right habitat is key to their presence in your yard. Jim will discuss many practical ways you can transform your yard and make it a more inviting place to birds . He will also explain how native plants support the base of the food chain, are key to bird survival and will present different native trees, shrubs and perennials whose presence will not only enhance your landscape, but also provide the foundation for your new bird habitat.
April 2nd: Raised Beds and Vegetable Gardening: 10am-noon Presented by Cornell Master Gardener, Jurij Kushner;  With over 40 years of experience growing vegetables, his recommendations and tips will help you to plan out your garden and maximize your garden output. Registration required: Space is limited. Call 359-7044 to register.

April 30th: Perennial Gardens - 10am.
Presented by Cornell Master Gardener, Jurij Kushner; Planning and Caring for your perennial gardens.

May 7th: Rain Gardens: A How to for Homeowners :  10AM
Presented by Caroline Kilmer. Rain gardens are a type of green infrastructure practice that helps to reduce storm water run-off  from rooftops. Come and learn how to design and install a rain garden in your yard; including where to locate it, properly size it and what types of plants to use.  Registration is required - maximum participants is 20. Please call 359-7044 to register.

June 4th: Gardening with Native Perennials: 10am. Presented by Ellen Folts, Owner of Amanda's Garden Native Perennial Nursery. Covering the selection and care of native perennials for your garden.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Recycle your Christmas Tree!

Christmas Tree Recycling and Food Drive
January 9th and 10th from 10am - 2pm
Please bring a non-perishable food donation when dropping off tree.
 Food Donations are for the RH Area Food Terminal.
Please remove plastic bags when dropping off tree.
Mulch from trees to be used on the nature trail.
Chipper Service donated by B&T Tree Service.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Tinker Homestead

Scenes from Christmas at the Tinker Homestead 2015:

The Homestead always seems to be at its finest at Christmas Time. Visitors were treated to the traditional sounds of Christmas by the duo of Jessica and Warren. Thank you to the Homestead Docents and Town Historian Tina Thompson for their  dedication and hard work at all our events through out the past year.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Peru Birding Adventure
Hansen Nature Center
December 12th: 10AM

Presented by Diane Henderson, past Director of the Rochester Birding Association
From sea level to 14,000 feet elevation, over 500 species of birds were observed over a 3 week trip. Diane will be sharing her experiences in photographing the birds, landscape and people of this beautiful country.
Program is Free and Open to the Public

Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween Event at Tinker Nature Park

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make the Halloween Event at Tinker Nature Park a success. A program of this size, upwards of 350 kids plus adults, is dependent on volunteers and the Rush-Henrietta community once again stepped up and delivered. Volunteers included Tinker Homestead Docents, R-H National Honor Society, Henrietta Youth Asset Team, Tinker Venture Crew, BSA Troop 750, Cub Scout Pack 332, Rotary Interact, Natural Helpers, and Friends of Tinker Park. I am also fortunate to have the help of Town Staff from various departments helping to plan, set-up and staff the event. Thank you to the Henrietta Sign Shop for signage and setting up traffic control, the Parks Department for set up and helping visitors safely cross Calkins Rd. Tina Thompson, the Town Historian for helping to oversee the Tinker Homestead, and Anita Tichacek from the Recreation Department who helps with the planning of the event and coordination of volunteers. Finally, a thank you to my co-workers Lora Abbott and Channing Crouse for all their hard work leading up to and during the event.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hansen Nature Center Celebrates 20th Anniversay

On Saturday, September 19th, before the annual Harvest Festival, the Hansen Nature Center held a ceremony marking the 20th Anniversary of the center. Special guest speakers included, State Assemblyman Harry Bronson, Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore, Ron Walker (the nature center's first  program director) and Carol Tinker Aldridge. The occasion was marked with the presentation of of a Special Citation from the NYS Assembly recognizing the educational role the Hansen Nature Center has provided the community over the past 20 years. The certificate was accepted by Carol Tinker Aldridge on behalf of the Hansen family. Thank you to all who have had a role in the success of the Hansen Nature Center.
Supervisor Moore reflecting on his friendship with Henry Hansen

Program Director Tim Pratt reading a letter of appreciation from Sandy Alverez, daughter of Henry Hansen.

Assemblyman Bronson talking about the importance of the nature center to the community.

Carol Tinker Aldridge receiving the Special Citation from the NYS Assembly.
Ron Walker talking about the early days of the Hansen Nature Center and Tinker Nature Park

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fresh Paint

This summer the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum, Historian/Museum office and Horse barn received a fresh coat of paint. Thanks to the Henrietta Parks Department for a job well done.