at WELLESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK

Nature Center Programs & Events

Program size is limited. Pre-registration required. 

Please call (315) 482-2479 between the hours of 8:00am—4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday to register.


Thu. 10/1 All day Full moon
Sat. 10/3 11:00 AM Spider's Fishing Clinic Hook some new fishing skills with expert fisherman Spider Rybaak! ! Eel Bay on the St. Lawrence River is a prime location to learn the basics of fly fishing. Participants are not required to have a freshwater fishing license for this event. BYOT: B... more
1:30 PM Spider's Fly Fishing Clinic Hook some new fishing skills with expert fisherman Spider Rybaak! Eel Bay on the St. Lawrence River is a prime location to learn the basics of rod-and-reel sportfishing. Participants are not required to have a freshwater fishing license for this even... more
Fri. 10/9 9:00 AM Pumpkin Picking Pick your own Wellesley Island-grown pumpkin! Our pumpkin pie pumpkins are grown in our patch with organic practices and are ready for your next feast! Suggested Donation: small pumpkin $2, large pumpkin $3. Pumpkin patch is open rain-or-shine 9:00 ... more
1:00 PM Native American Three Sisters Corn, beans, squash were such important foods they were traditionally called the “Three Sisters” by Native Americans. Learn about the cultural significance of these crops and how they were grown together. Afterwards, pick your own pumpkin... more
Sat. 10/10 All day Last quarter
All day CANCELLED 42nd Annual Autumn Festival With the health and safety of our community, staff and volunteers in mind, and in keeping with state and local guidelines, the Friends of the Nature Center have made the decision to cancel the 42nd annual Autumn Fest scheduled for October 10. Each ... more
9:00 AM Pumpkin Picking Pick your own Wellesley Island-grown pumpkin! Our pumpkin pie pumpkins are grown in our patch with organic practices and are ready for your next feast! Suggested Donation: small pumpkin $2, large pumpkin $3. Pumpkin patch is open rain-or-shine 9:00 ... more
10:00 AM Searching for Fall 2 acorns, 3 red leaves, 4 migrating birds – join us on this immersive scavenger hunt for signs of the season. Afterwards, pick your own pumpkin in our patch! Free pumpkin door prizes. Program size is limited. Pre-registration required. Please ... more
Sun. 10/11 9:00 AM Pumpkin Picking Pick your own Wellesley Island-grown pumpkin! Our pumpkin pie pumpkins are grown in our patch with organic practices and are ready for your next feast! Suggested Donation: small pumpkin $2, large pumpkin $3. Pumpkin patch is open rain-or-shine 9:00 ... more
1:00 PM Seed to Pumkpin Let’s dissect a pumpkin! Learn how pumpkins grow and the science of what makes them fruit. Afterwards, pick your own pumpkin in our patch! Free pumpkin door prizes. Program size is limited. Pre-registration required. Please call (315) 482-2479... more
Fri. 10/16 All day New moon
Sat. 10/17 10:00 AM Autumn Mandalas Fall lends itself beautifully to trailside art! Warm-up your observation skills using our seasonal color wheel scavenger hunt, and then create an ephemeral mandala made from fallen leaves and natural materials. Program size is limited. Pre-registrat... more
Fri. 10/23 All day First quarter
Sat. 10/24 1:00 PM Turtle Tour Come hear all about the Nature Center critters and what turtles you may see in the St. Lawrence River! Learn about different species and what types of habitat each prefer – after the tank talk you will have the opportunity to test your turtle k... more
Sat. 10/31 All day Blue moon
All day Halloween
10:00 AM The Too-Scary Story Do the spooky woods at night give you the heebie-jeebies? Join storyteller Kim Cullen in a scary story-time and an interactive hike activity. Become brave explorers as we discover the not too-scary secrets of the forest. Halloween costumes encouraged... more
Sun. 11/8 All day Last quarter
Wed. 11/11 All day Veterans Day
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