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Sat 23 Jul
Discovering Wild Mushrooms-Hike and Discussion
Saturday, July 23, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Jean Fahey, President of the Central New York Mycological Society, will be at the Nature Center to teach people about the many species of wild mushrooms that grow on Wellesley Island. The program will include a brief talk where she introduces people to the different forms of mushrooms and explains a little about their life cycle. She will then lead the group on a hike to search for mushrooms along our trails. If you are at all interested in wild mushrooms then this program is not to be missed! Call the Nature Center for more information or to preregister.

Sat 23 Jul
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 23, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Jul
US Coast Guard Boater Safety
Sunday, July 24, 2016 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 486-5230

Gary Kocher will be teaching a US Coast Guard Boater Safety course from 8 am-4 pm on Sunday, July 24th.  Adults and children are welcome to participate.  This workshop will be held at the new pavilion near the Wellesley Island State Park Marina.  There is no charge for the course but please let the person in the tollbooth know you are entering the park to attend the training.  You may be expected to pay the $7 vehicle use fee to enter the park.  If you are 18 or older there is also a $10 fee payable to NYS OPRHP for your certificate.  Please call Gary Kocher at 315-486-5230 to pre-register.  Pre-register is required and space is limited.

Registration: Required
Sun 24 Jul
Design Your Own Butterfly
Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Design your own butterfly at Minna Anthony Common Nature Center!
Sun 24 Jul
Interpretive Hike
Sunday, July 24, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Join a Naturalist at 1 pm on Sunday, July 24th for an interpretive hike on the Cottage Trail.  On the 1 pm hike you may get to see a small cave or learn about how the people who farmed the land that is now the Nature Center made small quarries to harvest rocks they needed for their farms.  At 2 pm on Sunday, July 24th you can make a tree ID booklet to help you identify the different tree species in our forests as you hike.
Mon 25 Jul
Paper Plate Craft Party
Monday, July 25, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(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
Wellesley Island State Park
(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
Wellesley Island State Park
(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
Wellesley Island State Park
(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
Wellesley Island State Park
(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
Thu 28 Jul
Outdoor Yoga
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Ever wanted to take a yoga class outside?  Join us at 10 am on Thursday, July 28th on the Nature Center's lawn for a free yoga class.  You will have a view of the water during your practice.  This will be an introductory class, but experienced yoga practitioners are always welcome.  We will have some mats to share, but feel free to bring your own.

Thu 28 Jul
Goose Control Program
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Want to know how Ann Mazur of Green Acres Goose Control uses dogs to manage Canada goose populations in the park?  Come to her program at 11 am on Thursday, July 28th to learn how she trains her dogs and their important jobs.
Thu 28 Jul
Orienteering Hike
Thursday, July 28, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Would you like to improve your ability to find your way through the woods? Join us for an Orienteering Hike on Thursday, July 28th where we will teach you the parts of a compass and show you how to use a map and compass to orient your way through our woods!  Please arrive promptly for this program.  Space is limited so pre-registration is appreciated.
Fri 29 Jul
Ladybug hike with Leah Tyrrell
Friday, July 29, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

On Friday, July 29th at 10 am join Leah Tyrrell from Cornell University's 'Lost Lady Bug Project'  for an educational hike to our pond in search of ladybugs.  Leah will be looking for a good location to release our native nine-spotted ladybugs.
Fri 29 Jul
Critter Hike
Friday, July 29, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Interested in hunting for frogs or looking through mud for the funny looking macroinvertebrates that call the sediment at the bottom of a pond home?  Then join us at the pond at 1 pm on Friday, July 29th with dip nets and seine nets to look for the critters that call our pond home.  Hike North at 2 pm and look for the bugs and salamanders that thrive in the damp environments under rocks and rotting logs.  

Sat 30 Jul
Ladybug Release
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Join Leah Tyrrell from Cornell University's 'Lost Lady Bug Project' to  take part in the unique experience of helping her release nine-spotted ladybugs at the Nature Center!    
Sat 30 Jul
Owl Time
Saturday, July 30, 2016 01:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Owls are fascinating birds.  Come dissect owl pellets at 1 pm on Saturday, July 30th to see what owls eat.  There is a $1 fee for this program to help cover the cost of the owl pellets.  Stay until 2 pm on Saturday, July 30th and you can make a clay garden snail to take home with you then join us around the campfire from 6-8 pm for S'mores and more!

Sat 30 Jul
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 30, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Aug
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thursday, August 4, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

This beloved story written and illustrated by Eric Carle comes alive at the Nature Center! Children will listen to this story and participate in story activities: make a hat, and make story telling kit to bring home. They will take a short hike to the butterfly house where they can learn about these beautiful creatures.

Fri 05 Aug
Goose Control
Friday, August 5, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Come learn how we use border collies to manage Canada goose populations in the park! You will get to meet the dogs and their trainer!

Sat 06 Aug
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, August 6, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
Thu 11 Aug
Yoga on the Lawn
Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Come join Barb Eldridge for a gentle yoga class on the side lawn of the Nature Center! Yogis of all abilities are welcome. Bring a mat if you have one! We will have a few spares.

Fri 12 Aug
Lynn Morgan- The Great Storyteller
Friday, August 12, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Professional storyteller, Lynn Morgan, tells traditional folktales from around the world. Many stories incorporate songs or other audience participation techniques. This event is fun for all ages.

Fri 12 Aug
Summer Concert on the Lawn – THE BUSKERS
Friday, August 12, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join local musician, Kathy Sommer and her band The Buskers for a midsummer concert at the Nature Center. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some good music with friends! There is no fee for the concert but donations are appreciated to offset expenses.

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 13 Aug
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, August 13, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 Aug
Westy's Birds of Prey
Friday, August 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Take the opportunity to come join Rick West for an interactive live birds of prey presentation!

Fri 19 Aug
Lynn Morgan- The Great Storyteller
Friday, August 19, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Professional storyteller, Lynn Morgan, tells traditional folktales from around the world. Many stories incorporate songs or other audience participation techniques. This event is fun for all ages.

Sat 20 Aug
Pottery Class with the TI Arts Center
Saturday, August 20, 2016 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join Potter Serena Buchanan from the Thousand Islands Arts Center and make impressions with natural objects to create a beautiful clay piece you can take home. A $25 fee covers the costs of all supplies.

Sat 20 Aug
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, August 20, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Aug
Boater Safety Course
Sunday, August 21, 2016 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 486-5230

The course will be held at the Park Pavilion down by the marina. Adult and children are welcome to participate. There is no charge for the course but you will be expected to pay the $7 day use fee to enter Wellesley Island State Park. If you are 18 or older there is a $10 fee payable to NYS OPRHP for your certificate. Please call Gary Kocher at 315-486-5230 to pre-register. Pre-register is required and space is limited.

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Aug
Yoga on the Lawn
Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Come join Barb Eldridge for a gentle yoga class on the side lawn of the Nature Center! Yogis of all abilities are welcome. Bring a mat if you have one! We will have a few spares.

Sat 27 Aug
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, August 27, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
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.