Tinker Homestead Tours
 To schedule a tour please call 585-359-7044.
Tours available Tues. - Sat. from 10am to 2pm.
e-mail: naturecenter@henrietta.org

Tinker Nature Park: 2016 Programs

Dates and times subject to change.

For updated information: Phone: 359-7044 

February 20th: Lunar Ski/Snowshoe Walk – 6pm – 9pm.  Registration required.  There will be a limited number of snowshoes & skis available for rent based on order of arrival. No group reservations taken.  Call 359-7044 to register.

March 19th: Easter Egg Hunt: Noon-2pm.  Egg hunt begins at 1:00pm sharp! Registration required; space is limited. Call Henrietta Recreation at: 359-2540 to register.

April 16th : Birding at Tinker Park: 9am.  Sponsored by the Bird House Store. Tinker Nature Park has a vast variety of wildlife all year round.  On this guided walk we will search for bluebirds, pileated woodpeckers, tree swallows and cedar waxwings. These are only a few of the species we hope to see.  Binoculars are strongly recommended, we will have some available for those without. Meet at 9am in the parking lot located at 1525 Calkins Rd.

April 23rd: Earth Day Event:  11:00AM - World of Wildlife Education Encounters (WOWEE): Vanishing Species Live Animal Program.

July 16th: Ice Cream Social: Noon-3pm. Music and ice cream at the Tinker Homestead!

Aug. 5th, 6th & 7th: Civil War Encampment: Friday evening concert on the lawn (6:30pm). Saturday & Sunday: Living history encampment with battles at 2:00 pm.

Sept. 17th: Harvest Festival:  11am-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.

Oct. 15th: Halloween Event: Woodland Wander: 6:30pm-8:30pm. Children meet friendly woodland animals on a guided walk in the woods. Visit the haunted barn, Trick or Treat Street and Tinker Homestead displaying a Victorian funeral setting. Music and refreshments in the Horse Barn.

Dec. 3rd & 4th: Holiday Event: noon - 3pm. Make an ornament with Santa; enjoy cookies and cocoa, holiday music, tour the homestead decorated for the holidays.


Saturday Morning Garden Seminars: Programs begin at 10am.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Registration is required
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 16th: 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.