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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

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, September 27, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"The Men and Activities that Developed Long Island’s Original Gold Coast"

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSpeaker: Mark Romaine, Docent of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Several prominent men who regarded the south shore of Long Island as a sportsmen’s delight first came here in the early nineteenth century to escape their demanding financial pursuits in New York City. Before long, they wanted to spend more time on the island and began building their luxurious country estates in the South Shore for their families to enjoy the ocean breezes of summer while they enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, and socializing with their peers. Join Mark Romaine, a volunteer docent of Connetquot Preserve and avid history enthusiast, in exploring the ways in which these powerful men influenced the growth of the South Shore and shaped not only the history of Long Island but that of New York State and the country.

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

Friends' Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

Join us for Ken Feustel's interesting presentation of "The Natural Year in Pictures." This program will take us through a year of natural history discovery in New York State with emphasis on Long Island. Pictures include scenery, birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Ken holds an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and a graduate degree in waste management. He spent thirty-one years working in the environmental departments of local government. As a serious birding enthusiast, Ken helped co-author the 1997 book Bull's Birds of New York State and was the Regional Coordinator of the 2000-2005 New York State Breeding Bird Atlas. He also was the co-compiler of the Captree Christmas Bird Count for eleven years. Currently retired, Ken and his wife Sue pursue their interest in birding, butterflies, and dragonflies through travel, local field trips, and photography. Don’t miss this remarkable program.

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

Fall Fly Fishing Outing

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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.

Admission fees are $60 for current members and $75 for New members (this includes a full year’s membership).

There will be fish stocked for the occasion.

Kindly call either Joe Mikulas or Ed Kelleher for a reservation:

Joe Mikulas - (631) 472-3408
Ed Kelleher - (631) 724-8134

Click here to download the flyer and registration form

Photography Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:30 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 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

Gala Celebration

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Carl SafinaWhere: Captain Bill's - Bay Shore, NY

Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 17th Annual Gala Celebration!  See the Gala page for more, including reservation/sponsorship information.

This year, the Friends will be honoring renowned author and conservation champion, Carl Safina, whom the committee selected to receive the Gil Bergen Preservationist Award.  Dr. Safina has written six books and is the recipient of several literary awards including the Lannan Award For Literature.  Dr. Safina has become a leading voice for conservation. Audubon Magazine has named him among 100 notable conservationists of the 20th century.

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

Breakfast and Birding

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingJoin 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

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

Hunt Dinner

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Hunt Dinner - Traditional hunt dinner, formal

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See the recap and photos from the 2013 Hunt Dinner

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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