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Region Six Nature Centers

Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer Counties

Region Six includes the western Adirondacks and south to Herkimer and Oneida counties. Visitors to the area can sample the wilderness of the Adirondacks or take in a museum along the St. Lawrence River at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.

DEC encourages visitors to call ahead to confirm directions, hours of operation and user fee information.

4H Environmental Center

121 Second St.
Oriskany, NY 13424
Fax: 315-736-2580

Oneida County

Program Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is offering field trips to local school groups to come and see the Extension's Parker Scripture Botanical Garden and Nature Trails. The guided field trips will give the students the opportunities to interact with nature while learning about various tree, flower species, insects and wildlife. These field trips are available Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning at 10:00AM and ending at 1:00PM with 30 students maximum per visit. Call for fees and details.

The Parker Scripture Botanical Garden consists of annuals, perennials, vegetables, roses, water garden, cottage garden, compost education area and various garden man made structures. New for 2005, a butterfly house will be constructed on the grounds.

The gardens and nature trails are opened to the public all year round.

Hours: Opened to the public year round, dawn to dusk. Guided field trips must make an appointment

Fees: For guided field trips

Buildings: Pavilion

Wheelchair access: Pavilion is accessible. Trails are not.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes, in pavilion

Higley Flow Nature Center

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Higley Flow State Park
Colton, NY 13625
Higley Flow Nature Center Webpage

St. Lawrence County

Program Description: An accessible one-room building contains nature exhibits and ecological information. The Nature Studies Program consists of guided nature walks along the 9/10ths of a mile long Beaver Pond Trail and the Warm Brook Trail. On summer weekends, a junior naturalist program enables youngsters to earn a patch, and guest lecturers speak on Saturday evenings.

Hours: Grounds open weekend before Memorial Day to Labor Day, dawn til dusk.

Fees: For park only

Buildings: Restrooms in park

Wheelchair access: Nature center porch.

Visitor Focus: General Public

Picnic Area: Yes, in park

Indian Creek Nature Center

North Country Conservation-Education Associates
PO Box 286
Canton, NY 13617
Indian Creek Nature Center Webpage

St. Lawrence County

Program Description: Indian Creek Nature Center is a 300-acre tract of upland and marsh within the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area leased from the Department of Environmental Conservation. It is managed by volunteer members of The North Country Conservation-Education Associates which provides a number of programs in environmental education for school groups, scouts, adults, college classes, etc. Its trails lead though fields, past ponds, marshes, swamps, forests and lake-edge habitats.

Hours: Guided program: By special arrangement. Grounds open all year.

Fees: None for general public. Groups should inquire.

Buildings: Interpretive center, restrooms

Wheelchair access: Yes, a 900-foot boardwalk, restrooms.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Wellesley Island State Park
44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640-3700
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center Website

Jefferson County

Program Description:Bordered by the St. Lawrence River shoreline, the museum and 600-acre wildlife sanctuary are dedicated to conserving natural resources, promoting environmental awareness, and providing recreational programs. Among the many exhibits featured at the Nature Center Museum are live collections of fish, reptiles, and amphibians; mounted waterfowl and birds of prey; decoys, geological specimens, and wildflowers. Eight miles of trails and walkways provide opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (rentals are available). The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center is the largest state park Nature Center and the largest in the north country. It is located within the 2600 acre Wellesley Island State Park which is the largest undeveloped parcel of land in the Thousand Islands.

Hours: Guided programs year-round. Call for more information

Fees: Yes. Please call for information.

Buildings: Interpretive center, restrooms, seasonal butterfly house

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes (no fires)

Robert Moses State Park Nature Center

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Robinson Bay Road PO Box 548
Massena, NY 13662
Friends of Robert Moses State Park Nature Center Website
Robert Moses State Park Nature Center Website

St. Lawrence County

Program Description:The Robert Moses State Park Nature Center is located on Barnhart Island, in the St. Lawrence River, in Massena, New York. The center offers an interpretive museum full of environmental displays, mounted and live animals, a touch room, two classrooms and a warming room with a fireplace. 10 miles of trails are available for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available for rent. Opportunities such as a non-profit Friend's Group, Volunteer Group, high school and college internships exist.

Hours: Summer: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM // Rest of Year: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fees: No entrance fee. Some program fees, please call for details.

Buildings: Interpretive center, restrooms

Wheelchair access: The building and one new trail are accessible, but the rest of the trails are not.

Visitor Focus: Specializing in environmental education programs for all ages, weekend workshops, birthday parties and much more.

Picnic Area: Yes, indoors & outdoors.