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.
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.
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.
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.
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.