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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

  • The hiking trails are open every day sunrise to sunset.
    During the winter cross country season the ski trails are open when conditions permit.
  • 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.
Sat 30 Jan
Luminary Hike
Saturday, January 30, 2021 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

Join us for our signature illuminated night hike! North Field Loop transforms into a magical landscape with moonbeams and trail-side paper lanterns lighting the way. Snowshoes will be provided if there is enough snow.

Three time slots available: 5:30pm, 6:00pm, and 6:30pm

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Feb
Free Snowshoe Days
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Gear up – for free! Take a pair of snowshoes out on our trails and explore winter! Weather permitting: seven inches of snow is needed to take our snowshoes out on the trail. Visit the Nature Center during open hours to sign out your shoes.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Feb
Trail Volunteer Training
Saturday, February 6, 2021 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Did you know you can help the Nature Center just by hiking? Many times hikers are the first to see important issues on the trails! Come learn what to look for with NY State Parks Trail Technicians, Brittany and Liam. Snowshoes will be provided if there is enough snow.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Feb
Bald Eagle Watching
Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
The bald eagles are here! Wellesley Island is one of the best places in New York State to see these magnificent birds. We'll search for these cold weather visitors along frozen waterbodies and in the treetops overhead. BYO binoculars and dress for cold, windy weather.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Feb
Indian River Lakes Conservancy Winter Hike
Saturday, February 13, 2021 01:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come join Nature Center staff in exploring the winter woods with the Indian River Lakes Conservancy at the Redwood Hill Preserve. Please contact the Indian River Lakes Conservancy (indianriverlakes@gmail.com) for additional information. Snowshoes will be provided if there is enough snow.
Registration: Required

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