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.
The winter months provide some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife along our trails. Come brave the cold and the wind on a Saturday in January or March and learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, winter tree identification, and more. This program will be offered on snowshoes when weather permits. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.
Perfect for pre-school aged children (3-5 years old), 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.
Every year TILT celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees at Zenda Farms. And they do a whole lot more, with exhibits and activities from our friends and neighbors in the community, including the Nature Center! In five years volunteers have planted more than 150 trees along the Lois Jean and John MacFarlane Trail. If you like to get your hands dirty and help out at the same time, sign up and join us for a spring day of planting trees! Bring the whole family. Lunch for volunteers will be provided at Zenda. Please let TILT know if you would like to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the TILT office at 315-686-5345.