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)

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingEquestrian Seminars

March 10, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.

Equestrians will want to join us for two insightful seminars in one event. Kara Spillman, DVM will speak about Insect Borne Diseases and their Prevention. Tiffany Wyman from Nutrena Feed will discuss Body Condition Scoring and Topline Evaluation. Door prizes will be given away and light refreshments will be available.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Building

Free Admission - Seating is limited to 50. Please RSVP to Jerry Trapani @ 917-355-5225 or shadbelly4@aol.com

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingFriends' Lecture Series

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"A Short History of Fly Rod Design and Manufacturing"

Speaker: Ted Simroe

Ted Simroe is an internationally renowned fly rod designer and Master bamboo fly rod maker. He led two of the major rod manufacturers during his business career designing and manufacturing outstanding products, many of which are considered valuable sporting collectibles. He now makes a small quantity of hand-crafted bamboo fly rods for individuals who can appreciate true excellence in a traditional American craft. He has given many talks and casting presentations over the years.

Ted’s background: Owner Simroe Rods since 1988; Assistant Chief, Engineering at NYC Dept. of Env. Protection from 1990-2010 where he supervised the NYC Watershed Protection Program to ensure that NYC water met all USEPA drinking water requirements as an unfiltered water supply; Design Engineer at Rodon Manufacturing 1978-1988; Part Owner & VP H.L. Leonard Rod Co. 1967-1976 as chief rod designer and production manager; Asst. Professor of English at USMA, West Point 1965-1967; was educated at USMA, West Point where he earned a BS in Engineering; also attended Columbia University where he earned an MA, English and Comparative Literature.

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.

Fly-Fishing 101

Saturdays, beginning April 14 & concluding on May 19, 2018 - 1:30 - 3:30 PM

A comprehensive introduction for beginners, covering equipment, accessories, rigging, finding fish, what they eat, and the flies which mimic them in both fresh and salt-water. Basic casting instruction and some fishing for trout at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve included.

WHERE: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, main house

FEE: $125.00/person payable to "Friends of Connetquot, Inc." Seminar will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants, 16 years of age or older.

CONTACT/REGISTRATION: For more info or to register, please call 631-589-1240 or Email petard1957@optonline.net.  Registration will close on April 6th.

21st Annual Trail Ride/Hike

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine)

Food, Fun, Raffles.

Come join us for our 21st 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 Raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by generous friends.

More Information or to register and pre-pay

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingBreakfast and Birding

May 13, 2018 - 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.

Ladies' Tea PartyLadies' Tea

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for our 6th 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. before 6/1/2018 by completing the form and payment on the Ladies' Tea page or by calling 631-567-5042 and mailing in your payment.

Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingBreakfast and Birding

September 15, 2018 - 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.

Gala CelebrationGala Celebration

November 5th, 2018

Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 21st 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.

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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