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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 25 Feb
Try Your Hand at Snowshoeing During Our Free Snowshoe Day!
Saturday, February 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Snowshoe lesson to begin at 1pm

Whether you are an expert or novice, this is the day to take advantage of our snowshoe rentals at no cost.

Sat 04 Mar
Guided Winter Weekend Walking Explorations
Saturday, March 4, 2017 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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.

Sat 18 Mar
Trail Tales
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

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.

Sat 29 Apr
TILT’s 5th Annual “For the Trees” Arbor Day Community Event
Saturday, April 29, 2017 09:30 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 686-5345

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, by calling the TILT office at 315-686-5345.

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