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.
Together the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority,Minna Anthony Common Nature Center & the Thousand Islands LandTrust (TILT) bring you an exciting two day birding event, featuring a variety of workshops for kids, families, birders and birders-in-training to enjoy!
Saturday May 28th, 2016
11am - Boldt Castle, Heart Island - Alexandria Bay
Kick-off with the annual "Birds of Prey" event featuring Master Falconer Rick West to educate, engage and entertain visitors with hawks, owls, falcons & more. Additional activities will include learning how to identify birds by sight and sound and attract birds to your back yard.
Saturday May 29th, 2016
7am - 9am Various Locations
10am - Zenda Farms Preserve - Clayton
Join us for in the field active birding from 7am to 9am with regional birding experts - four different locations in the region to choose from! Identify birds by sight and sound and don't forget your binoculars! Afterwards, join us at Zenda Farms Preserve at 10am for a conversationwith experts and enthusiasts on bird conservation and habitat restoration in the Thousand Islands region. Please pre-register by calling (315) 686-5345.
Help the Nature Center raise funds to maintain our gardens at our Annual Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale. We will have an assortment of native flowering plants and more for sale. Incorporating native plants into your landscaping can help provide valuable food resources and shelter to local bird and wildlife species.
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.
Come join in the fun at our fishing derby for children 14 and under! There is a $2.00 entrance fee that will go towards supporting future programming at the Nature Center. Prizes will be awarded to participants in three categories: the longest, heaviest, and most fish. Fish must be taken with rod and reel; all legal baits will be allowed. Preregistration is required.
Take the opportunity to learn how the health of the river can impact your summer home or favorite vacation spot by coming to John's presentation. Learn his perspectives on the river as a dynamic system strongly influenced by invasive species and other human-induced factors. Explore past and current research and management initiatives at the SUNY-ESF Thousand Islands Biological Station, focusing on fish populations and aquatic ecology.