The Friends of Connetquot
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
preservation, conservation and continuation for
future generations of the Connetquot River State
Park Preserve. In order to maintain the
environmental, ecological, cultural and historical
integrity of the 3,473 acre preserve, the groups’
- To help preserve the pristine environment
- To lend support to the management
- To help support the fishing habitat, woodlands, flora and fauna, hiking and bridle trail facilities and the educational programs
- To help protect and restore historic buildings
The Friends of Connetquot believe that the act of preservation is best accomplished when we keep an eye on the past, a foothold in the present, and our arms outstretched for the future.
I Love My Park Day
Beautification, clean up, and conservation projects are planned in Parks all across New York State. Show your love for Connetquot River State Park Preserve by joining a volunteer team to make this wonderful park even better.
Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. - Work begins at 10:00 a.m.
Click here for more information on how to volunteer at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
For more information on I Love My Park Day in general, visit www.ptny.org
20th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride and Hike
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. (rain or shine)
Come join us for our annual fun filled ride/hike through beautiful Connetquot Park Preserve. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the trails and woodlands of the first N.Y.S. preserve. The clubhouse will be open for tours. A leisurely ride or hike of a few miles will take you through some of the most historic trails on Long Island. There will be a Chinese Raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by generous friends. Everyone receives 5 raffle tickets to start, plus the "Osprey" special for $20. There will also be a 50-50 drawing. The last riders will go out by 2:00 p.m. so we can draw the winners at 3:30 p.m.
Click here for more information and how to register |
Download the flyer/registration form
Connetquot Breakfast and Birding
May 14, 2017
Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Program: Join Friends of Connetquot, Great South Bay Audubon Society and NY State Parks Environmental Education Office at Connetquot River State Park Preserve for a continental breakfast, an introduction to bird identification, and a walk in beautiful Connetquot Preserve to find and identify ducks and other birds at the preserve.
No cost for breakfast, $4 per adult for program, $8 parking fee (none with a NYS Empire Passport).
Reservation required: call
Connetquot State Park Preserve at 631-581-1072 to
register or fill out the registration form on the
Breakfast and Birding page.
The History of the Connetquot River
is Now Available!
One Little River is the story of the Connetquot
River, an area on the south shore of Long
Island, NY with a remarkable natural and cultural history. First inhabited by Native Americans until 1683, when William Nicoll came
from England to settle in land he acquired from
the natives. Nicoll and his descendants then
held the land and lived on it for almost two
Author Bob Giffen, a past president of the Friends of Connetquot and a present member of its Board of Directors,
beautifully details the history of the Preserve which
once served as a recreational paradise for some of
America's most important historical figures and men who
shaped our nation.
Friends of Connetquot Receive $66,000 Grant from the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation
September 9, 2015
Oakdale, NY - The Friends of Connetquot
Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Friends
were awarded a
Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation matching
grant of $66,000 to support efforts to restore the Nicoll
Grist Mill located in the Connetquot River State Park
Preserve. The Mill, which dates to the early 1700's, is an
iconic structure and one of the few mills in the nation
whose mechanisms are still based on the original Norse
design utilizing a horizontal wheel to grind.
The Friends have been spearheading the restoration of the Mill. To date, work on the foundation, framing,
shingles and doors has been completed. The Friends will utilize the matching grant from the
Robert D. L.
Gardiner Foundation to reinstall the main drive mechanism, horizontal wheel and mill stones. Once complete,
the Mill will be a museum dedicated to increasing the public’s understanding of the social and industrial history
of Long Island and the Preserve's role within that framework.
Friends Board Chair Robert Labuski, speaking on behalf of the Board, has said that the Friends
grateful to the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation for their constant support of the Mill restoration. Their
generosity is allowing us to finish the Mill restoration, which, when complete, will be a new cultural resource
for the residents of Long Island."
Download this press release in PDF format.
Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Winter 2017
The Chairman's Letter for WInter 2017 has been released.
Here are the highlights:
- For the Friends of Connetquot, 2016 was a memorable year, both in prosperity and sadness. Our successes were many. And while we still grieve for the loss of one of our own, the Friends’ dedicated, hard-working Board is looking forward to its twentieth year of preserving the history of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
- The grist mill restoration is now complete! Please keep in touch as we will be announcing opening festivities shortly.
- The Friends are working with the Preserve's Environmental Office to develop exciting and informative educational programs, video and other materials for the Mill Museum.
- The hatchery is now fully operational. Rainbow, brown and brook trout eggs have been hatched using water supplied by the new well.
- The first
Breakfast and Birding event, held in January
- Plans are underway for this year's
I Love My Park Day in May.
Please visit the Chairman's Letter page to read the full letter.
OnCell Audio Walking Tour!
Did you know you can take a walking audio
tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone? Thanks to
OnCell and the Friends of Connetquot, you can learn about
the history behind the landmarks of the park such as Mile
Marker "50", the various bridges along the trails, the Ice
House, Hatchery and more! Plus, you can find out what
to look for as you walk the trails of the park. It's a
whole new way to see Connetquot even if you've been here
hundreds of times.
Simply download the map here or get one at the entrance booth as you come in to the park. Call 631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers along the trail. Enter the number on the marker and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're looking at and what to look for.