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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.
Sat 01 Oct
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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.

Sat 08 Oct
38th Annual Autumn Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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

Sat 15 Oct
Trail Tales
Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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.

Sat 22 Oct
Exploring Fall
Saturday, October 22, 2016 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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.

Thu 27 Oct
Luminary Creation
Thursday, October 27, 2016 until Friday, October 28, 2016
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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.

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