The Friends of Connetquot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation and history of the 3,473-acre Connetquot River State Park Preserve. We work to help management protect a pristine environment and historic buildings and artifacts. We also support educational programs, fishing facilities and hiking and equestrian trails.
Planter Maintenance and Watering
Pollinator Garden Maintenance and Watering
Hiking and Equestrian Trail Maintenance
River Work – Platform Repair and Diverters
Clubhouse Deck Refurbishment
Creation of a Native Species Pathway
Perimeter Fence Trash Pick-up
Clubhouse Tour Guide
Friends of Connetquot are delighted and excited to be this year’s partner with Orvis for the Great Giveback Days Program. We had this honor in 2019 and received $900. All money raised will be go towards everything “fishing”; Nets, waders, additional rods and reels, lumber for site repairs or the nursery project or anything that’s needed!
Pick up a Giving Card from the Connetquot Administration Building and then bring the card to the Orvis Store located in Garden City during the month of May. Donate $10 to Friends of Connetquot through the program and as a thank you, you’ll get 10% off your total purchase that day. If you or someone you know were thinking about purchasing a new reel or rod, 10% is a nice savings!
The President's Letter for Spring 2023 has been released:
Spring has arrived! I hope you are like me and find joy in walking thru the Preserve taking notice of the daily changes as Spring takes hold. On my walks along the Red Trail, I look for the skunk cabbages pushing up thru the soft soil in their alien/mushroom shaped striped foliage. I strain my ears to hear the Peepers singing their Ode to Spring. The yellow bloom of the daffodils always brings a smile to my face, as I hope it does to yours.
Please visit the President's Letter page to read the full letter.
FOC member Peter Gambitsky (aka www.firesideangler.net) who gifted new members with fantastic books from his personal collection. Many thanks Pete!
Photo taken by Janet Soley
Did you know you can take a walking audio tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone? Thanks to STQRY and the Friends of Connetquot, you can learn about the history behind the landmarks of the park such as Mile Marker "50", the various bridges along the trails, the Ice House, Hatchery and more! Plus, you can find out what to look for as you walk the trails of the park. It's a whole new way to see Connetquot even if you've been here hundreds of times or you’re hundreds of miles away!
Simply download the map here or get one at the entrance booth as you come in to the park. Start your tour at the Welcome Kiosk in the parking lot. Scan the QR code with your smartphone for pictures and audio or call 631-703-3313 and enter number 1 to begin the tour. Look for more signs throughout the Preserve. Snap the QR or enter the number on the marker and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're looking at and what to look for.