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Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

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44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640
Latitude 44.306131
Longitude -76.033448

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.

Hours of Operation

  • Open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
    From mid-October to mid-June, museum hours are 8 am-4 pm
    From mid-June to mid-October museum hours are 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • The hiking trails are open every day sunrise to sunset.
    During the winter cross country season the ski trails are open when conditions permit.
Wed 27 Jul
Interactive Fur Talk
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 02:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

A representative of the Nature Center will be at the Hammond Museum for an interactive fur talk at 2 pm on Wednesday, July 27th.
Thu 28 Jul
Voyageur Canoe Paddle
Thursday, July 28, 2016 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us for the unique experience of paddling in our 36 foot voyageur canoe weekdays from 9-11 am or from 6-8 pm on Thursday, July 28th.  We need at least 8 paddlers to take the canoe out.  We will talk about the experiences of the Voyageurs and shoreline ecology as we paddle.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the Nature Center at 315-482-2479 for additional information.  
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jul
Outdoor Yoga
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Ever wanted to take a yoga class outside?  Join us at 10 am on Thursday, July 28th on the Nature Center's lawn for a free yoga class.  You will have a view of the water during your practice.  This will be an introductory class, but experienced yoga practitioners are always welcome.  We will have some mats to share, but feel free to bring your own.

Thu 28 Jul
Goose Control Program
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Want to know how Ann Mazur of Green Acres Goose Control uses dogs to manage Canada goose populations in the park?  Come to her program at 11 am on Thursday, July 28th to learn how she trains her dogs and their important jobs.
Thu 28 Jul
Orienteering Hike
Thursday, July 28, 2016 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Would you like to improve your ability to find your way through the woods? Join us for an Orienteering Hike on Thursday, July 28th where we will teach you the parts of a compass and show you how to use a map and compass to orient your way through our woods!  Please arrive promptly for this program.  Space is limited so pre-registration is appreciated.

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