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Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

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Address
44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640
Latitude 44.306131
Longitude -76.033448

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.

Hours of Operation

  • Open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
    From mid-October to mid-June, museum hours are 8 am-4 pm
    From mid-June to mid-October museum hours are 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • The hiking trails are open every day sunrise to sunset.
    During the winter cross country season the ski trails are open when conditions permit.
Sat 14 Jul
Clarkson Seminar Series
Saturday, July 14, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Saturdays, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13

The Friends of the Nature Center recently entered a formal partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) of Clarkson University. The goal of this partnership is to increase opportunities at the Nature Center for Clarkson faculty and staff, while also supporting the Nature Center with Clarkson’s strength in environmental education. Part of the partnership, includes launching an exciting new Seminar Series to be held at MACNC. Featured speakers will include professors, scientists, and environmental advocates. Topics will include St. Lawrence River health, environmental economics, and species of local concern. Light refreshments and snacks will be served, and there will be social time before and after the seminar to talk with the featured speaker.

Sat 11 Aug
Clarkson Seminar Series
Saturday, August 11, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Saturdays, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13

The Friends of the Nature Center recently entered a formal partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) of Clarkson University. The goal of this partnership is to increase opportunities at the Nature Center for Clarkson faculty and staff, while also supporting the Nature Center with Clarkson’s strength in environmental education. Part of the partnership, includes launching an exciting new Seminar Series to be held at MACNC. Featured speakers will include professors, scientists, and environmental advocates. Topics will include St. Lawrence River health, environmental economics, and species of local concern. Light refreshments and snacks will be served, and there will be social time before and after the seminar to talk with the featured speaker.

Sat 08 Sep
Clarkson Seminar Series
Saturday, September 8, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Saturdays, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13

The Friends of the Nature Center recently entered a formal partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) of Clarkson University. The goal of this partnership is to increase opportunities at the Nature Center for Clarkson faculty and staff, while also supporting the Nature Center with Clarkson’s strength in environmental education. Part of the partnership, includes launching an exciting new Seminar Series to be held at MACNC. Featured speakers will include professors, scientists, and environmental advocates. Topics will include St. Lawrence River health, environmental economics, and species of local concern. Light refreshments and snacks will be served, and there will be social time before and after the seminar to talk with the featured speaker.

Sat 13 Oct
Clarkson Seminar Series
Saturday, October 13, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Saturdays, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13

The Friends of the Nature Center recently entered a formal partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) of Clarkson University. The goal of this partnership is to increase opportunities at the Nature Center for Clarkson faculty and staff, while also supporting the Nature Center with Clarkson’s strength in environmental education. Part of the partnership, includes launching an exciting new Seminar Series to be held at MACNC. Featured speakers will include professors, scientists, and environmental advocates. Topics will include St. Lawrence River health, environmental economics, and species of local concern. Light refreshments and snacks will be served, and there will be social time before and after the seminar to talk with the featured speaker.

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