Hansen Nature Center 

1525 Calkins Road
PO BOX 999
Henrietta, NY 14467
e-mail: naturecenter@henrietta.org

Nature Center History

In 1994, Henry Hansen made possible the purchase of a log cabin building which became the Hansen Nature Center. In 1998, he provided funds for an addition which more than doubled the Nature Center’s size.  The nature center features displays on the natural history of New York and offers classes year round.

Hansen Nature Center is open Tues.— Sat. 9:00AM to 4:00PM(Last admission 3:45pm)
Park Trails are open from 7am until Sundown.

Park is Carry in - Carry Out

Restrooms available by Calkins Rd. Parking Lot.

Admission is free.

Dogs are not permitted in the park.



Upcoming Program:

Aug. 4,5 & 6: 14th Annual Tinker "Civil War Days"

Friday evening concert @6:30pm with the Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum. (Amphitheater)

Sat. & Sun. Living History Encampment 10am-4pm,
 Military Tactical Demonstrations both days @ 2pm!

Program Schedule:

Saturday, August 5th:

10:00: Animals Went to War Too! - (Hansen Nature Center) Learn about the importance of animals both large and small in the Civil War. Hear heartwarming, and sometimes sad, stories of the journeys that these Civil War Animals endured both on and off the Battlefields of the Civil War.  We will also discuss the role of regimental mascots, & hear how their loyalties and devotion to their Regiment and the young soldiers they inspired are brought to life through this Living History Program. Presented by Rita Reichle & Nancy Karasinski.

 11:00: " Fight All Day, March All Night" - A Medal of Honor Recipients Story
Presentation by Dr. Wayne Mahood

(Hansen Nature Center)

12:00 Ladies Dress Show and Tea
(Nature Center Pavilion)

Medical Demonstrations - Tinker Horse Barn - ongoing and Following Battle (Living History by Fred Till Maxwell's Battery)

Sunday, August 6th:

 12:30pm Frederick Douglass will be speaking on the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Union War Effort. Living history presentation by Dr. David Anderson



The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office asks that we remind everyone about safety when visiting local parks. 

Deputies are aware of thefts from cars in parks throughout Monroe County, including Tinker Nature Park.

Visitors are reminded not to leave valuable items unattended in their vehicles.

If anyone notices suspicious activity they are encouraged to call 911 to report it.


Reservations for the Rebecca Tyler Pavilion (by the playground) can be made by calling the Henrietta Recreation Department at 359-2540.


In Memory of Henry M. Hansen

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed peacefully October 25, 2014 at the age of 94 at his home in Henrietta. He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him for his big heart, kind nature and contagious smile. He was an outdoorsman, philanthropist and family man.

The Hansen Nature Center was the result of a generous donation to      Tinker Nature Park by Henry Hansen.

 e-mail: naturecenter@henrietta.org