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.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Upcoming Classes at Hansen Nature Center

Butterfly Gardening and Beginner ID Class
Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn about common local butterflies and how to attract them to your garden. Presented by naturalist Liz Magnanti. Registration is required, space is limited.
Call 359-7044 to register

Monarch Tagging
Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join naturalist Liz Magnanti to learn how to tag monarch butterflies as they make their fall migration to Mexico. After instruction, we will catch and tag all we find at the park. All participants will receive instruction on how to track the monarchs tagged in class. Registration is required as space is limited. Ages 12 and up with adult. Call 359-7044 to register

Civil War Days

Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum 10th Annual Civil War Days

We would like to thank the participants in this years re-enactment. Units that participated included the 28th NY Volunteer Infantry, 14th Brooklyn, 1st Tennessee, 34th North Carolina and the Madison Louisiana Light Artillery. Also, thank you to all the civilian re-enactors who add greatly to the Living History Experience.

Thank you also to Pack 332 for assisting with Food and Refreshments as well as post battle clean-up.
Finally, A thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the event, the Henrietta Parks Department and Town Historian Tina Thompson, without whose help this event would not be possible.

For more photos check out the following links:

Henrietta Post
Democrat & Chronicle
Tinker Civil War Days Photo Gallery 
Marie De Jesus Photography

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ice Cream Social

Annual Ice Cream Social
 at the 
Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum
Saturday, July 13, 2013

12 pm — 3 pm 

Complimentary Abbott’s Ice Cream
Music at the Barn

The Tinker Homestead
Henrietta History Museum

Tinker Nature Park
1525 Calkins Rd., Henrietta, NY 
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Town of Henrietta

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 Rush-Henrietta Winslow Elementary Second Grade Students visited the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum to learn about 19th Century Farm Life in Henrietta. Hansen Nature Center also hosted a Field Camp for all Rush-Henrietta 7th Grade Students. Field stations were run by Students from R-H High School. In addition to these programs, all First Grade Students in R-H visited Tinker Nature Park for their curriculum based field trip on organisms.

Town Historian Tina Thompson discussing domestic chores in the Homestead Kitchen

Brief lesson in dairy farming.
Students learned about some of the tools used in the 19th century for planting and harvesting crops. 

Field station on micro pond organisms.
Field Station on Animal Adaptations.

Picture Perfect Day for a Field Trip.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"The Garden Tinkerers"
The volunteer gardeners at Tinker Nature Park have started work on the display gardens and will also begin planting around the Tinker Homestead beginning May 30th. If you have an interest in gardening or want to learn more about gardening new volunteers are always welcome. You may contact the nature center at 359-7044 if interested in joining the "Garden Tinkerers"

Thank you John Colagrosso and Kathleen Rick who have spearheaded the garden projects at Tinker. Thank you also to all the volunteers who come out and help with the dirty work. The beds have never looked this good - this early!

Springtime at Tinker Nature Park
Great  Horned Owlet 

First Fawn Photographed this season.

The Park is pleased to host all RH 1st Graders for a program on Organisms.

Winslow Students arriving for their field trip - perfect weather!

Lilacs in Bloom next to the Tinker Homestead.

Male Bluebird in Silver Maple on the Country Lane.

Family of Geese on the Tinker Pond.

Eastern Cottontail - A Frequent visitor  around the nature center.


Earth Day Celebrated at Tinker Park
Thank you to RIT Environmental Science Students and World of Wildlife Educational Encounters for helping the Hansen Nature Center Celebrate Earth Day on April 20th.