Minna Anthony Common (MAC) Nature Center

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MAC Events Calendar

Natural Birthday Parties at the Nature Center

Make this birthday special for your child with a Natural Birthday Party at the Nature Center. Children ages 5 to 12 can choose from seasonally appropriate themes such as Turtles, Exploring Ponds, Trees, Beavers and more. Call the Nature Center for more information or to schedule a party.

Members $45; Nonmembers $60.

Continuous Programs:

Junior Naturalist Program

This summer visit the Nature Center and become a Junior Naturalist. This three-part series is full of fun activities to do outside. Complete all three packets and receive a Junior Naturalist patch. This program is recommended for ages seven and up. There is a $4 program fee to cover the cost of the patches.

How do I schedule a program?

If you are interested in scheduling a program for your classroom or organization, please call the Nature Center and we will be happy to develop a program.

Sat. 10/19 All day DIY Grocery Bag Mat

Repurpose plastic grocery bags with Anna. Braid your own gardening knee pad, camping mat, sit upon, or outdoor rug – for free! Ages 13+. Pre-registration is required. Please call (315) 482-2479 to pre-register.

Sun. 10/20 1:00 PM Backyard Explorers: Fascinating Fall Ever wonder why leaves change colors? Join two Junior Naturalists, Cecelia and Levi, on an exploration of autumn. The sibling duo will lead a short hike through our colorful forest in search of fascinating fall findings, then return to the Nature Cen... more
Sat. 10/26 1:00 PM Nature Journals

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.

Thu. 10/31 All day Halloween
Sat. 11/2 10:00 AM Photography Workshop

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. 11/9 9:00 AM Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop

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.

Mon. 11/11 All day Veterans Day
Sun. 11/17 1:00 PM Shipwrecks of the Upper St. Lawrence

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. 11/23 10:00 AM Trails and Puppy Dog Tails

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.

Fri. 11/29 9:00 AM Opt Outside Hike Opt to spend this Black Friday in nature! Join us for our signature 3.5-mile hike along the scenic Wellesley Island waterfront. Trails consist of uneven terrain, and slight elevation changes. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, and packing wat... more
Thu. 12/5 10:30 AM Little Hands, Wild! Let’s put on our winter gear and head outside for some fun! We will be exploring snow, ice, frost, and anything that inspires use to take a closer look. Please come prepared for hands-on learning. This nature play experience takes place outdoor... more
Sat. 12/7 1:00 PM Friendly Crow (AKA Feeding The Birds) Every winter our Nature Center builds a bird feeding station to help the wintering bird population. Why do we call this experience “Friendly Crow?” A friendly crow (you) learns to feed nearby birds! Our feathered friends may even land on ... more
Sat. 12/14 10:00 AM Holiday Bonanza

We invite you, and your family, to come spend the day at our winter market! Enjoy live music, holiday crafts, local artisans, raffles, and food vendors including homemade baked goods and Driftwood BBQ.

Sat. 12/21 1:00 PM Fire Up Winter

Join us around our fireplace in celebration of the first day of winter! Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa, stories, and games.

Tue. 12/24 All day Christmas Eve
Wed. 12/25 All day Christmas Day
Sat. 12/28 10:00 AM Care of Magical Creatures

Our creatures have been petrified! Help us find them all in this Harry Potter inspired scavenger hunt.

Tue. 12/31 All day New Years Eve
Wed. 1/1 All day New Years Day
Sun. 2/2 All day Groundhog Day
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