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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.
Mon 25 Jul
Paper Plate Craft Party
Monday, July 25, 2016 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

You can make pretty much any animal out of a paper plate.  Join us for paper plate crafts at 1 pm on Monday, July 25th.  If you have an idea for a neat paper plate craft please bring it with you! We are always open to new ideas.
Tue 26 Jul
Paper Bead Party
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come learn how to make paper beads, an easy activity for any age on Tuesday, July 26th . Participants will leave with a pretty, handmade necklace. Then join a Naturalist on a hike along the Eel Bay Trail at 2 pm and learn about what makes Eel Bay a unique spot on the St. Lawrence River.

Tue 26 Jul
Fishing at Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 02:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us to improve your fish identification skills and give you an opportunity to try your hand at fishing from our docks.  

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

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