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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.

Sat 08 Oct
38th Annual Autumn Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center welcomes all to attend our 38th Annual Autumn Festival to be held Saturday, October 8th from 10am-4pm at Wellesley Island State Park. This predominately cash-only event has something for people of all ages to enjoy. Bring the whole family!

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.

Admission to the Festival for children 12 and under is $1 or free with a non-perishable donation for a local food pantry. Admission for adults is $3 or $2 for seniors (65 or older) or members of the military.

Sat 15 Oct
Trail Tales
Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sat 29 Oct
Luminaries on North Field Loop
Saturday, October 29, 2016 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sat 05 Nov
Fall Clean Up Day
Saturday, November 5, 2016 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.

Sat 12 Nov
Hike for Hunger
Saturday, November 12, 2016 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

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.