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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 26 Oct
Nature Journals
Saturday, October 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Spark your creativity in the outdoors by learning to use a nature journal! Create a record of your observations as we discover the trails in a new way.
Sat 02 Nov
Photography Workshop
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join Max on a slower-paced hike to find beauty in nooks and crannies along our trails. Take part to learn about field techniques for nature photography. Participants should bring their own cameras. Ages 13–Adult.
Sat 09 Nov
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Learn and practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, developed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. These best practices in outdoor recreation will inform your next adventure. Free and open to all.
Sun 17 Nov
Shipwrecks of the Upper St. Lawrence
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Hundreds of shipwrecks lie on the floor of the St. Lawrence River. Don’t you want to know how they got there? or who was on them? or how to visit them? Join Anna as she geeks out about the incredible and diverse history of ships on the river.
Sat 23 Nov
Trails and Puppy Dog Tails
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join naturalist Kim Cullen and her four legged friend, Finnegan, on a fun fury hike. All dogs and dog lovers are welcome to come. Dogs must be on a leash, be able to walk with other dogs and people, and have proof of rabies vaccination.

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