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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

  • Nature Photography Workshop for Beginners

    Friends' Lecture Series - 'Amphibians and Reptiles of Long IslandSaturday, April 19 - 8:30 am

    Join award-winning photographer and president of Friends of Connetquot for an informative session on the basics of using photographic equipment and composition techniques to create beautiful images. Then join him on a walk to photograph nature on the trails of Connetquot. Don’t miss this chance to improve your skills.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Meet at the Main Building

    Workshop and refreshments are free and open to all - $8 Parking Fee (None with a N.Y.S. Empire Pass)

    Registration is Required. To reserve your spot in this popular workshop, beginning 2 weeks prior to the event, call the Preserve at 631-581-1072 or email the Friends at

  • I Love My Park Day

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

    Beautification, clean up, and conservation projects are planned in Parks all across New York State. Show your love for Connetquot River State Park Preserve by joining a volunteer team to make this wonderful park even better.

    Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. - Work begins at 9:00 a.m.

    To volunteer at Connetquot River State Park Preserve, email Fran at or call 631-560-5357.

    For more information on I Love My Park Day, visit

    Click here to see a list of some of the projects the management team has planned so far.

  • 17th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride

    Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 12:00 Noon (rain or shine)

    Connetquot Trail RideCome join us for our 17th annual fun filled ride/hike through beautiful Connetquot Park Preserve. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the trails and woodlands of the first N.Y.S. preserve. The clubhouse will be open for tours. A leisurely ride or hike of a few miles will take you through some of the most historic trails on Long Island. There will be a Chinese Raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by generous friends. Everyone receives 5 raffle tickets to start, plus the "Osprey" special for $20. There will also be a 50-50 drawing. The last riders will go out by 2:00 p.m. so we can draw the winners at 3:30 p.m.

    A donation of only $30 pre-paid by April 30th; $35 after April 30th. includes bagels and a sumptuous lunch buffet and dessert bar. Even if you do not ride, enjoy the company of great people like you. All profits will stay in Connetquot to enhance the preserve’s many and varied programs and services. This is YOUR park preserve - please support it.

    Click here for more information and how to register | Download the flyer/registration form

  • Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingConnetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Sunday, May 11, 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.

Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Winter 2013-14

The Chairman's Letter for Winter 2013-14 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

  • The Fall Fishing Outing in November brought out thirty hearty fishermen.
  • The first Birding and Breakfast of the year brought out so many enthusiasts that the usual one-day event was repeated the following day.
  • Grant reimbursements from the State have started to arrive for the grist mill restoration.
  • Our Hatchery renovation project is also moving forward.
  • On a sad note, we recently lost a valued member of the park staff when Pat Costello passed away on December 12.
  • The Board is actively preparing the other events and programs for the year. See our calendar page for upcoming events and 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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