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Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

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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 27 Oct
Luminarias on North Field Loop
Saturday, October 27, 2018 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Take a guided evening stroll along North Field Loop (0.5 mile walk) following the light of handmade luminaries. Experience the magic of the fall woods and then come back to the Nature Center to enjoy light snacks.

Come in costume for a chance to win our "Best Costume" prize! Pre-registration is required.

Sat 03 Nov
Hike for Hunger
Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Compete to fill your local food pantry's boxes!

Come hike and bring non-perishable goods to the Nature Center to put in your local food pantry's donation box.

1st and 2nd place gift cards will be awarded to the two participating food banks who receive the most donations.

Hike on your own or join us on a guided hike at 1pm or 2pm. We will have live music and light refreshments.

Registration: Optional
Sat 08 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, craft vendors, food, and crafts for both children and adults. The Wellesley Island Fire Department will be here selling delicious baked goods. Enjoy time chatting with family and friends at this fun, community event.

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