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.
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.
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.
Friends' Lecture Series
Saturday, 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 Bennington
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
Connetquot Breakfast and Birding
May 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 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 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, 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.
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.