Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
FriendsOfConnetquot.org | PO Box 472 | Oakdale, NY | 11769 | info@friendsofconnetquot.org
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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

  • 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!

  • Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingHatchery 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

  • Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingConnetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    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.

  • 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?

    On-Cell Walking Tour of Connetquot State ParkThanks 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.

    PDFSimply 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.

Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Summer 2014

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

Here are the highlights:

  • Our Midyear Appeal is in progress and I’d like to thank all the members who have already sent in their gifts.
  • The restoration of the grist mill is in full swing. New siding shingles, a new roof, and new windows are now in place.
  • Plans for reopening the hatchery are also gaining ground.
  • Our Gala committee is busy starting preparations for our seventeenth annual Gala Celebration.
  • If you visit the park in the next few weeks, be sure to stop in at the new flower garden.

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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