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

Calendar of Events

Other Upcoming Park Events (unrelated to the Friends, but happening at Conneqtuot State Park)

This page focuses on events run by and sponsored by the Friends of Connetquot to raise funds to be used toward the preservation of Connetquot.  Please be sure to visit the Connetquot River State Park Preserve Events page at the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website for a schedule of other events run by the park itself.

Upcoming Events from the Friends of Connetquot - (Contact the FOC for details)

Friends' Lecture Series

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"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 find out.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

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

Registration is Required beginning 2 weeks prior to the event - Please visit the Lecture Series page for details on how to reserve a seat.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bats Both Near and Far!

Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Have you thanked a bat today? Come join the Browns - mother and daughter - for a fascinating presentation about a beneficial but much feared creature, the bat. The dynamic duo, since 2007, has been studying bats together on Long Island, Costa Rica, and the Peruvian Amazon. They will share the most up to date information on the status of our Long Island bats and their importance in the ecosystem, economics, and to human health. They will also share their unique findings from the pristine primary rain forest of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, where they have collected data, via mist-netting and bioacoustics, on bats and the ectoparasites, such as mites, affecting their health. This data may lead to a better understanding of bat ecosystem services and the potential roles ectoparasites might play in tropical disease transmission.

Maria Brown, MS, PWS, GISP is a New York State Master Teacher and has been teaching at Sayville High School since 1999. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Stony Brook University in the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences – Sustainability Studies Program where she teaches geospatial science. She is the Conservation Chair for the Great South Audubon Society and the Vice President of the Coastal Research & Education Society.

Lexi Brown is a recent graduate from St. Lawrence University and is currently a Research Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History in the Mammalogy Department. Lexi has been studying bats of the Osa Peninsula since she was 11 years old when she was on a trip with her mom and the students of Sayville HS. She has studied ectoparasite distributions over 13 families of bats that have been captured at Proyecto Campanario and is currently completing an assessment of genetic variation of ectoparasites between bat species and across their families.

Maria and Lexi are heading back to the Amazon to mist net bats this February and then off to Durban, South Africa to present at the International Bat Conference in July...yes, that is actually a thing!

Program and Refreshments are free; $8 Parking Fee (None with N.Y.S. Empire Pass)

Registration Required - beginning two weeks prior to the event

Please fill out RSVP form below or call 631-581-1072

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Reptiles and Amphibians of Long Island and the East Coast

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Accompany Erik in one of his fascinating and fun "edventures." Come and explore the diversity of reptiles and amphibians from Long Island and the East Coast! This high energy, interactive presentation features LIVE animals and an interactive slide show that highlights the importance of these amazing animals in our own backyards! You won't want to miss this and don't forget the kids!

Program and Refreshments are free; $8 Parking Fee (None with N.Y.S. Empire Pass)

Registration Required - beginning two weeks prior to the event

Please fill out RSVP form below or call 631-581-1072

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Photographers' Breakfast and Walk

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00 a.m.

Friends' Photo WorkshopOpen to photograpers of all levels. Join Bob Labuski, photographer and president of Friends of Connetquot, for a continental breakfast and discussion, during which you can learn or share knowledge of equipment, photo techniques, Photoshop, and other editing tips. Afterwards, walk through the beautiful Connetquot Preserve to capture the daffodils in full bloom along with migrating birds and other fascinating wildlife.

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

Program 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 fill out RSVP form below.

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19th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 12:00 Noon (rain or shine)

19th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride - Food, Fun, Raffles.

Come join us for our 19th 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.

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I Love My Park Day

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Parks & Trails New York

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.

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingBirding and Breakfast

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

No Cost for Breakfast - $4.00 per Adult - $8 Parking Fee (None with a N.Y.S. Empire Pass)
Reservation is Required beginning 2 weeks prior to the event - Please call 631-581-1072 or fill out the registration form on the Birding and Breakfast page.

This Program is a collaboration of N.Y. State Parks, Friends of Connetquot, and Great South Bay Audubon.

Ladies' Tea PartyLadies' Tea

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us for our 3rd Annual Ladies' Tea! Enjoy sumptious tea, muffins, scones, finger sandwiches and fabulous raffle prizes to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Room

Fee: $30/person and A HAT IS MANDATORY!

Reservations are Required

Please R.S.V.P. by 6/5/16 to 631-567-5042

Fall Fly Fishing Outing

October 2016

The Friends would like to invite all to enjoy a day of fly fishing and a tasty gourmet lunch (catered by the Snapper Inn) on the beautiful Connetquot River.

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Gala CelebrationGala Celebration

November 2016

Venue to be determined

Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 19th Annual Gala Celebration!  See the Gala page for more, including reservation/sponsorship information.

The Gala is our main fundraising event each year, making your support crucial if we are to continue our many initiatives that help to improve and maintain the Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Past Galas have helped fund a variety of projects: installed an "OnCell Program" where you can take a walking audio tour of the Preserve using your own cell phone (to learn the history behind the landmarks, bridges, Ice House and more), the Friends' Scholarship Program, the Lecture Series, Birding and Breakfast programs, Photography Workshops, and the restoration of the many historic structures on the Preserve's grounds. The focus of this year’s Gala is the restoration of the historic Colonial Grist Mill and the work needed to re-open the Fish Hatchery. When complete, we anticipate both will be major tourist attractions for the area, which will no doubt benefit others in the community as well.

An entertaining and fun evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in celebrating the past, present and future of the Connetquot Preserve yet again!

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