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.
Two programs are offered each day:
Basic Fishing from 11:00am to 1:00pm and
Basics of Fly Fishing from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Join Spider on the Nature Center dock as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. Spider brings a limited number of fishing poles, hooks, bobbers, and worms. If you can bring your own tackle, it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program but donations are appreciated to defray the cost of this and other programs. All of Spider's programs are sponsored by Sampo.
Join us at the Nature Center for this family friendly fall day. Come enjoy craft and food vendors, live music, farm animals, arts and crafts, a scarecrow contest, birds of prey demonstration, dog sled demonstrations, and more.
Children 12 & under $1 or free with non-perishable donation for local food pantry
Adults $3; Military & Seniors $2
Perfect for younger children, accompanied by an adult. A naturalist will first read two stories to the children and then lead the group in an activity (a hike or craft, weather dependent) themed to match the stories.
Join us on a hike to search for signs of fall along our trails. We may even gather nuts for Scrappers, our chipmunk, to eat this winter and supplies for natural garland we are planning to make at our annual Holiday Bonanza.
We will be making luminaries for our October 30th program all day. Please come and help if you can. Please call to let us know if you plan on coming to volunteer. If these dates do not work for you but you are interested in helping us make luminaries, please call us to schedule a time.