Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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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 - 'Amphibians and Reptiles of Long IslandLadies' Tea Party

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join us for tea, tea sandwiches, scones, cupcakes 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. to 631-567-5042

 

Nature Photography Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, April 19, 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 rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

I Love My Park Day

Saturday, May 3, 2013

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.

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. - Work begins at 9:00 a.m.

To volunteer at Connetquot River State Park Preserve, email Fran at flevesque@verizon.net or call 631-560-5357.

For more information on I Love My Park Day, visit www.ptny.org

The management team has planned a variety of projects (so far):

  • Picking up litter on some of the peripheral trails
  • Other cleanup
  • Spreading of wood chips
  • Modifying bird houses
  • Hanging bird houses
  • Planting flowers in their new Butterfly Garden
  • Applying wood preserver
  • Fishing site pruning
  • Other projects to be announced

17th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 12:00 Noon (rain or shine)

17th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride - Food, Fun, Raffles.

Come join us for our 17th 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 | Download the flyer/registration form

Breakfast and Birding

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 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 rsvp@friedsofconnetquot.org.

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

Wildlife Up Close and Personal

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingJoin the Horvaths and their interesting array of wild creatures for a return appearance. Bobby and Cathy Horvath are licensed to rehabilitate injured wildlife. Most of the animals they rehabilitate are sent back into the wild, but those too severely injured to be put back into nature now help educate the public. Come and enjoy this opportunity to see fox, owls, turtles and many other interesting animals at close range. Bring your camera! Weather permitting, this program will be held outdoors, so please bring a chair to sit on.

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.

Friends' Lecture Series

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Speaker: 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 rsvp@friedsofconnetquot.org.

Friends' Lecture Series

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

"The South Side Sportsmen’s Club: Its Members and Their Impact on American Society"

Speaker: Mark Romaine, Docent of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Connetquot River State Park Preserve is the site of the former South Side Sportsmen’s Club, which in its day served as the exclusive recreational Mecca for a small group of prominent men in finance and politics. The Club gained worldwide renown as a premier fishing site and as the gathering place for the movers and shakers of America and their equally important guests. The Friends invite you to come and hear Mark Romaine’s interesting narrative about the Club and its members. More than sporting went on at the Club; no doubt the social interaction it facilitated among the members paved the way for transactions and governmental policies that greatly influenced American society at large.

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@friedsofconnetquot.org.

Friends’ Annual Membership Meeting

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

Details to come.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

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 rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org.

Gala Celebration

Monday, November 3, 2014

Please check back for details.

Fall Fly Fishing Outing

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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

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