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FOC Received Three Grants!

The Friends are proud to announce that we have secured the following capacity building grants that will greatly help us in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

NYSCA/UHA Get Ready Grant

Parks & Trails New York Grant

NYSCA/UHA Get Set Grant

Click here to read the details of these grants

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’ initiatives are:

  • 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.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

  • Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingConnetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    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.

    No cost for breakfast, $4 per adult for program, $8 parking fee (none with a NYS Empire Passport).

    RSVP required: call Connetquot State Park Preserve at 631-581-1072 to register.

  • Friends' Lecture Series

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    "The Men and Activities that Developed Long Island’s Original Gold Coast"

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSpeaker: Mark Romaine, Docent of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

    Several prominent men who regarded the south shore of Long Island as a sportsmen’s delight first came here in the early nineteenth century to escape their demanding financial pursuits in New York City. Before long, they wanted to spend more time on the island and began building their luxurious country estates in the South Shore for their families to enjoy the ocean breezes of summer while they enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, and socializing with their peers. Join Mark Romaine, a volunteer docent of Connetquot Preserve and avid history enthusiast, in exploring the ways in which these powerful men influenced the growth of the South Shore and shaped not only the history of Long Island but that of New York State and the country. More information on the Lecture Series...

  • Friends' Annual Membership Meeting

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSunday, October 5, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    "The Natural Year in Pictures."

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

    Join us for Ken Feustel's interesting presentation of "The Natural Year in Pictures." This program will take us through a year of natural history discovery in New York State with emphasis on Long Island. Pictures include scenery, birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, and dragonflies.

    See our calendar page for more information about Mr. Feustel.

    Everyone is welcome. Program and refreshments are free - $8 Parking Fee (None with a N.Y.S. Empire Pass)

  • 17th Annual Gala Celebration

    Carl SafinaMonday, November 3, 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

    Where: Captain Bill's - Bay Shore, NY

    Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 17th Annual Gala Celebration!  See the Gala page for more, including reservation/sponsorship information.

    This year, the Friends will be honoring renowned author and conservation champion, Carl Safina, whom the committee selected to receive the Gil Bergen Preservationist Award.  Dr. Safina has written six books and is the recipient of several literary awards including the Lannan Award For Literature.  Dr. Safina has become a leading voice for conservation. Audubon Magazine has named him among 100 notable conservationists of the
    twentieth century.

    An entertaining and fun evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in honoring Dr. Safina and in celebrating the past, present and future of the Connetquot Preserve yet again!

Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Spring 2014

The Chairman's Letter for Spring 2014 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

  • The Friends have also been very busy trying to acquire the necessary funding that will keep their pending restoration projects on track.
  • On Saturday, March 15, a full-house audience came to the Preserve to enjoy the first lecture of 2014.
  • A nature photography workshop for beginners was presented by FOC President Bob Labuski truly on Saturday, April 19.
  • On Sunday, April 13, over forty hat-wearing ladies attended the Friends' Annual Ladies Tea.
  • I Love My Park Day, Saturday May 3, brought over fifty eager volunteers to the Connetquot Preserve.
  • Our Annual Trail Ride and Hike was held on Sunday, May 4th.
  • Now that the weather has improved, restoration of the grist mill should be progressing soon.
  • We believe we have finally fulfilled all the necessary requirements for the final permits to be issued so we can start the drilling of a well that will allow setting up the hatchery’s hatch house to raise fish from eggs.

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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