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:

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)

Hunt Dinner - Saturday, January 26thAnnual Black Tie Dinner

Spring 2015 (Date to be announced)

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Photography Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Friends' Lecture Series - 'Amphibians and Reptiles of Long IslandJoin 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 is 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 rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

"Carnivores in Captivity" Program

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

Please join the Friends of Connetquot for a captivating evening workshop, "CARNIVORES IN CAPTIVITY - FEED ME!" Discover the fascinating world of insect eating plants. Professional Carnivorous Plant Grower, Eric Kunz, from SEEMORE CARNIVOROUS GARDENS, will show you how easy it is to grow these fun and exciting oddities of the plant world. Come watch a venus fly trap being fed and enjoy a hands on workshop planting your very own VENUS FLYTRAP!

Workshop is Free. Materials fee for workshop is $10.

Please call Edith to register, 631-667-6710 beginning April 10, 2015

Parking at the Preserve is free for evening programs.

Ladies' Tea PartyLadies' Tea

Sunday, April 26, 2015

First Seating: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Second Seating: 2:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join us for tea, muffins, scones, cupcakes and fabulous raffle prizes to celebrate the past, present and future of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Marianne Fulfaro, a hat collector, will give a brief overview of the history of hats.  With the help of volunteer models, we will follow and show the growth and development of the hat industry to the present day.

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 4/20/15 to 631-567-5042

I Love My Park Day

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 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.

18th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 12:00 Noon (rain or shine)

18th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride - Food, Fun, Raffles.

Come join us for our 18th 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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Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingBreakfast and Birding

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 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)
Registration is Required beginning 2 weeks prior to the event - Please call 631-581-1072  or email the Friends at rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

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

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingWildlife Up Close and Personal: Erik Callender's Reptiles and Amphibians of L.I. and the East Coast

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Accompany Erik in one of his fascinating and fun edventures. Come and explore the diversity of reptiles and amphibians from Long Island New York, and the East coast! This interactive presentation features LIVE reptiles, and amphibians, and an interactive slide show that teaches about the importance of these amazing animals in our own backyards! The program includes pre and post show activities and educators guide, as well as light refreshments!

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

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

Reservations are required: To reserve your spot, please call the Preserve at 631-581-1072 or Email the Friends at rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingBreakfast and Birding

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 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)
Registration is Required beginning 2 weeks prior to the event - Please call 631-581-1072  or email the Friends at rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

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

Friends' Lecture Series

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"The Journey and Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt"

Speaker: Bill Reed - Volunteer Tour Guide at Sagamore Hill National Park

Join Bill Reed, who for the past three years has been conducting informative tours of the Roosevelt home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Come and hear the fascinating story of Theodore Roosevelt who overcame a sickly childhood to become the youngest person to hold the office of President, and throughout his full and strenuous life garnered many other accomplishments: Naturalist, author, hunter, explorer, Rough Rider, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, New York City Police Commissioner, trust buster, husband, and father. Theodore Roosevelt still leaves his mark on Americans and people throughout the world, and his policies are still relevant today.

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 call 631-581-1072 or email the Friends at rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

Friends' Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

Details to be announced.

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

Fall Fly Fishing Outing

October 2015

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.

Photography Walking Workshop - Focus on Foliage

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Friends' Lecture Series - 'Amphibians and Reptiles of Long IslandJoin 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 is 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 rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

Gala Celebration

Monday, November 2, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Venue to be determined

Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 18th 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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