Saturday, March 31, 2007


Another successful Easter Egg Hunt has come and gone and I mean gone. Within 5 minutes all the eggs were gathered and there were many little smiling faces. Afterwards treats were given down at the Hansen Nature Center and Pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.

The Homestead is decorated for a Victorian Easter and will be through April, so stop by and take a look, it's beautiful. The flowers came from Chase Greenhouses in Rush and are ready to burst forth. Spring truly is in the air.

A special thanks to Henrietta Recreation, the Tinker Docents and the Henrietta Youth Asset Team for all their hard work in helping us to make this event a huge success.

Happy Spring,
Dave Oliver
Tim Pratt
Arleen Oliver

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Just Another Day at the Tinker Nature Park

Spring is in the air as we pack up the snowshoes and cross country skis. The park has seen a flurry of activity. Now is the time to rent the pavilion for your event by calling 359-7042. School classes are all full, scout projects have been scheduled and the birds are letting us know they're back.

This Spring and Summer prove to be exciting as we are offering new Adult Continuing Education programs reflecting the parks mission to "Promote Nature and history through Wildlife Education and Preservation"

Stop in a take a look at all the new and exciting displays, sign up for a class or two, take a walk on the trails or tour the 19th Century Cobblestone Museum, currently decorated for a Victorian Easter, and Barns. There is something for everyone.

For more information on classes and programs contact:
Rush Henrietta Continuing Education Office:
(585) 359-7805
Rochester Civic Garden Center: 585-473-5130

Or give Arleen Oliver a call at the Tinker Homestead: 359-7042 or Hansen Nature Center: 359-7044.

Amethyst Bennett bringing in goodies for a Leukemia Charity Walk she put on.

Some members of The Genesee Land Trust strike a pose.

Brownie Troup #174 enjoying making birdseed bagel feeders after earning their Eco-Explorer badge.

Richard Sato takes his friend Joe on a nature hike. Richard has volunteered at the park for 5 years working with Arleen in maintaining the garden and upkeep of the homestead.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

On Wednesday, March 21st, Hansen Nature Center had the pleasure of hosting the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce's Business Breakfast Series.

This month featured Dennis M. Mullen, President & CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise speaking on “Why Being Green Makes Good Business Cents” which was about the opportunities that the alternative energy sector represents for our region (from investment and jobs perspective), why it makes sense to build green, as well as some big picture thinking about how our region could become a national model of alternative energy development and implementation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

We had a lot of people stop by to see the bees at GardenScape this weekend. We extend a warm welcome to all our newcomers.

For all of you who are new or have been out of town for the Winter, we will have Professor Nick Calderone, from Cornell University, coming to talk with us on Friday, March 30th at 6:00pm at Tinker Nature Park. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via email (or phone 359-7044) as soon as possible as space may be limited.

Nicholas W. Calderone, assistant professor of entomology
at Cornell University, does some fieldwork with honeybees.
Nicola Kountoupes/University Photography

Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Research at Cornell University:

The cost of the lecture/question and answer session is $5.00 at the door. The topic of the lecture is Chemicals in the Hive; then a question and answer session. This is a great opportunity to ask an expert those questions you may have before the season really gets going! I hope to see everyone there.

Damon Lincourt

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Join us in a
Project Wild/Flying Wild
Teacher Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2007
WHERE: Hansen Nature Center
Henrietta, NY
TIME: 8:30 am-4 pm
COST: $10 Includes lunch

For Teachers Grades K-12
*This is an active outdoor /indoor workshop. Please where appropriate clothing.

*Project WILD is a supplementary environmental education program emphasizing Wildlife In Learning Design.

*The workshop will offer exciting new teaching ideas for use in science, math, social studies, music, art, language arts and physical education. Ideal for meeting the Learning Standards.

*Each participant will receive free a Project WILD Activity guide and other teaching materials.

To Register call:
Tim Pratt @ 585-359-7044

Sponsored by

NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation
As my work schedule becomes more hectic in recent months, it has become clear to me that the association needs more than me to keep it going. I can not do the association any good if I do not have the time to devote to keep it going. At our next meeting, I would like to hear from some of you. My thoughts are that the association create positions of president, vice president, and treasurer. In addition, the association has a need for an instructors- someone to give lectures at schools, boy scout troops etc. and also at the beginning of the season I hope to have a class on placing package bees in the hive. A beginner beekeeping course if you will.

I would also like to get a web site going and any suggestions any of you may
have would be greatly appreciated. I have some ideas but would like to hear from you too. The meetings are tentatively set for the second Saturday of the month but this Saturday I will be out of town so therefor no meeting. Instead of a meeting for March, I would like to ask for some volunteers to help me keep an eye on the hive and talk with people about beekeeping at Garden Scape on March 15-18 at the Dome Arena.

Additionally we welcome Professor Nicholas Caldeorne, from Cornell
University, who has agreed to come and talk with us Friday, March 30th at 6:00pm. He will be talking about medications in the hive and he will do a question and answer section after that. Last but not least is a link to a web site with some interesting info on colony hive collapse syndrome.

Damon Lincourt