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

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"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.

Join Dr. Bennington for a fascinating presentation. He is a professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University, and a paleontologist by training. Dr. Bennington is also involved in research on the glacial geology of Long Island and the recent environmental history of our coastal wetlands, including the history of major storms recorded in the marshes of Long Island.

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.

20th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:00 Noon (rain or shine)

Food, Fun, Raffles.

Come join us for our 20th 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.

More Information or to register and pre-pay

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingBreakfast and Birding

May 14, 2017 - 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 ducks and other birds at the preserve.

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 Breakfast and Birding page.

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

I Love My Park Day

May 2017

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.

Fall Fly Fishing Outing

October 2017 - Exact Date T.B.A.

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.

Please check back, subscribe to our email list and/or "Like" us on Facebook for information as it's updated.

Gala CelebrationGala Celebration

November 2017

Venue to be determined

Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 20th Annual Gala Celebration! Details and registration will become available as the Gala approaches. Please check back, check our Facebook page or sign up for our email list to receive notification of updates.

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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