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Sat 28 May
Celebration For the Birds: Two Day Event
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Sunday, May 29, 2016
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sat 28 May
Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sat 11 Jun
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, June 11, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sun 12 Jun
Children’s Fishing Derby
Sunday, June 12, 2016 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Aquatic Research in the Upper St. Lawrence River: Long-term Studies in a Changing Environment
Saturday, June 25, 2016 06:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sat 02 Jul
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, July 2, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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 13 Aug
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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 03 Sep
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, September 3, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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 01 Oct
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.