Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

The Friends of Connetquot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation and history of the 3,473-acre Connetquot River State Park Preserve. We work to help management protect a pristine environment and historic buildings and artifacts. We also support educational programs, fishing facilities and hiking and equestrian trails.


Upcoming Events/Announcements

  • Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSeptember 10, 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.

  • Equestrian Seminar

    September 19, 2017

    Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY

    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Program: Equestrians will want to join us for an insightful seminar presented by Dr. Pigott from Cornell Ruffian on Complicated Lameness and the Utility of Advanced Imaging. Door prizes and light refreshments will be featured.

    Free Admission

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Building

  • Friends' Photo WorkshopThe History of the Connetquot River is Now Available!

    Purchase Bob Giffen's "One Little River: The Story of the Connetquot River" for only $20*

    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 hundred years.

    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 "are very 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.

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