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.
Friends' Lecture Series
Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Topic: "The Diverse Wild Canids of Long Island: Red Fox, Wolf, and Coyote"
Speaker: Frank Vincenti
Join Frank Vincenti, a self-educated expert on wild
dogs of the world and founder of the Wild Dogs
Foundation. His informative talk will include the
current status of the Red Fox population of Long Island,
the existence of a second fox species, former wolf
populations that were here, and the arrival of coyote, a
wolf-like animal that is recolonizing our area. What are
the adverse and beneficial effects of these carnivores
on the ecology of Long Island and its people? Can we
coexist with resurgent carnivore populations? Come and
See the Lecture Series page
for reservation information and complete program
Saturday, January 16, 2016
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 migrating and other resident birds.
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
Many Thanks to Rita and Jerry Trapani for Decades of Successful Trail Rides/Hikes
After many years of dedication and service, the time
has come for a well-deserved break.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN...
Friends of Connetquot needs volunteers and organizers
to continue the tradition! If you're interested,
please visit the Trail Ride page and fill out our very brief form. We'll contact you with more information.
Hatchery to Reopen and Restore Trout Fishing on Connetquot River State Park
Hatchery expected to produce 35K trout for river fishery and Long Island State Parks
On October 23, we were happy to announce that the Connetquot River State Park Preserve hatchery will reopen next year, helping to reinvigorate the rich trout fishing tradition on Long Island's Connetquot River. The Environmental Protection Fund will pay for $150,000 in upgrades to the historic hatchery, which will begin this winter.
The hatchery in Oakdale has been closed since 2008,
after Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN) was detected.
Though harmless to people, IPN is a contagious disease
that can be fatal to young fish of the Salmonid family,
including Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout. State Parks
has since worked with the Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) to eliminate IPN from fish in the
river and develop the plan to reopen the hatchery.
READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE
With regard to New York State Parks and Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed plan to allow bow hunting at Connetquot...
As reported by the media, residents who border the Connetquot River State Park Preserve and other users of the preserve have expressed their concerns about allowing bow hunting there beginning November 2015. Friends of Connetquot also has many questions and concerns about this plan. Representatives of the Friends Board of Directors plan to attend a meeting of the LI Regional Commission of the NY Council of Parks to request full information about the proposed bow hunting of deer at the preserve and to voice the organization’s concerns. Said meeting
was held on
Monday, August 3rd at Hempstead Lake State Park.
Result of the meeting follows:
UPDATE From NYSPRHP :
Thank you for taking the time to contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- Long Island Region regarding the proposal to authorize hunting within Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
We will not authorize hunting within Connetquot River State Park Preserve during the upcoming hunting season (end of 2015 beginning of 2016). We will be continuing our research and meeting with individuals and organizations involved with this issue as well as the individuals and supporters of Connetquot River State Park Preserve over the next several months so that we can make an informed decision moving forward.
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,
The Chairman's Letter for Spring 2015 has been released.
Here are the highlights:
- On April 18, the instructive Photography Workshop attracted sixteen people interested in improving their photographic skills.
- Erik Kunz of Seemore Carnivorous Gardens presented his Show and Tell Carnivorous Plant Workshop
- Ladies' Tea event on April 26 drew almost one hundred women and required two sessions
- May 2, was I Love My Park Day. Over seventy volunteers came to Connetquot Preserve and helped with many tasks.
- The annual
Fun Trail Ride was held on May 3.
- The Friends, Parks, and Great South Bay Audubon partnered for a
Breakfast and Birding program that attracted nearly forty visitors.
- The Hatchery and
restoration projects are underway and making
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.