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.
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.
Take a guided evening stroll along North Field Loop following the light of handmade luminaries. Experience the magic of the fall woods in the early evening and then come back to the Nature Center to enjoy coffee, cider and light snacks. Come in costume and be eligible to win a prize for best costume! Pre-registration is appreciated.
Come help us clean up our grounds and prepare for winter. We'll rake leaves, pick up the branches our friendly porcupine cut from the oak tree, look for trail damage, and more. If you are planning on staying for the duration, please bring your own lunch. Pre-registration is appreciated.
Help stock our local food pantries by joining us for a hike for hunger on Saturday, November 14th. Bring a non-perishable food donation to participate. Guided hikes will leave the Nature Center at 1pm and 2pm but you are welcome to hike on your own throughout the day. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.