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 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

  • Mid-Year AppealFriends' Appeal

    WE CAN DO MORE TOGETHER

    With the considerable and much-appreciated support of donors such as you, the Friends of Connetquot continues to make great progress in enhancing the historic structures of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve and the way its visitors experience this beautiful place.

    As an organization, we constantly strive to grow and improve. Consequently, in April, Friends of Connetquot was thrilled to receive an Organizational Excellence Award from the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities. But none of these accomplishments would have possible without you.

    Please read our full appeal and about all the work the Friends have done and are continuing to do, with your help, to keep Connetquot the treasure that it is.

  • HatcheryHatchery Update

    The rainbow trout fingerlings have been transferred from the hatchery building troughs to the outdoor ponds, and are doing well, having passed all the disease testing with flying colors.

    Click here to view a video with complete details.

  • Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSaturday, January 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 that winter 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.

  • Friends' Lecture Series

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSaturday, January 28, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Topic: "The Shelter Rock Cycle: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary Origins of Long Island"

    Speaker: Dr. J. Bret Benington

    Have an interesting rock or fossil you’d like to share or want to have identified? Bring it along for a brief Show-and-Tell after the presentation.

    Over hundreds of millions of years, Long Island was formed by formidable geologic forces including fire, mountains, and ice. Do you know that our island rests on a foundation of metamorphic bedrock 230 to 350 million years old? Or that its land surface was sculpted by the advance of a massive continental glacier during the Pleistocene Epoch? Today, you can still find signs that reveal our island’s dynamic origin–for example, a famous boulder, Shelter Rock.

    See the Lecture Series page for reservation information and complete program details.

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, Fall 2016

The Chairman's Letter for Fall 2016 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

  • Now that the Connetquot Trout Hatchery is back in full operation, after a long eight years of closure, it is extremely encouraging to note the number of fishermen increasing every week.
  • Regarding the Grist Mill restoration, the necessary permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation were finally obtained and much of the pending work is finally underway.
  • Sponsored by a grant from the Gerry Charitable Trust, Friends' Board member Bob Giffen, has written and published a book about the history of the Preserve and the South Side Sportsmen's Club, titled One Little River; all proceeds from the sale of this publication are donated to the Friends of Connetquot.
  • Our nineteenth annual Gala was held on November 7, dedicated to the memory of Fran Levesque with a record number of 120 guests!
  • We are already busy planning next year's schedule of interesting programs.

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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