The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center is one of the largest nature centers in the state park system and in New York State. It sits on a pristine 600 acre peninsula of Wellesley Island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. There are 8 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of cross country ski trails. Highlights of a visit may include scenic views of the Thousand Islands from the trail vistas, a summer ride in the 36 foot Voyageur Canoe or a visit to the butterfly house which features native flora and butterflies.
A special geological feature of the center are the four glacial potholes along the scenic Eel Bay trail. The nature center overlooks Eel Bay, a unique habitat of the St. Lawrence River and a prime duck migration area well known for its pike, bass, bullhead and perch fishing. The nature center has dock located in Eel Bay allowing boaters access to the center and a place for patrons to fish.
Thousands of school children visit the center each year from fall through spring to learn about the environment. Each season features unique programs. Special wildlife sightings include watching for bald eagles on Eel Bay from late November to early January and again in late March and in the summer looking for osprey which nest in the park.
Contact the nature center staff for more information on school programs.
Explore our winter woods by the light of the full moon! Look and listen for signs of wildlife as we walk, along our trails guided only by moonlight. If weather permits, this program will be offered on snowshoes. Registration is required. Please call for additional information or to preregister. We encourage you to try walking by moonlight alone, but you can bring a flashlight with a red light if desired
Snowshoes may be rented from the Nature Center for $3
Come use all sorts of natural objects to create a beautiful garland you can hang on your tree or over your mantel this holiday season. Pick out what you want to use from the assortment of things we have collected, drill a hole in it, and string it onto wire. Garlands will be approximately 6-8 feet long. If you are able, please bring your own drill.
Please preregister as space is limited.
Program cost to cover supplies: $10 nonmembers, $8 members
Join us at the Minna Anthony Nature Center for a First Day Hike!
Distance: 1-1.5 miles
No age minimum but people need to be able to walk at least mile. Strollers are not accessible in the winter. Small children can be put in backpack carriers. No fee but donations are appreciated.
If we have snow people can bring snowshoes. People can rent our snowshoes for $3/pair. We have children's and adult snowshoes. Well behaved dogs on 6 foot leashes are allowed. Please dress for the weather.
The exact trail we will cover will be determined by the staff member leading the program.