Calendar of Events

Upcoming Friends of Connetquot Events

Autumn WoodsOpen House

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm

NOTE: This is a member only event. Become a member today and enjoy this and other events.

Dear Friend of Connetquot,

You are cordially invited to the Friends of Connetquot's Open House Tour!

Wonderful Changes occurred at the Preserve during lockdown. Come tour the grounds and buildings. Admire all the improvements!

Light Refreshments will be served. Seasonal Parking Fee is required

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CDR George J. Munchenbeck, USCGR (Ret.)The Birth of a Unique Town – Islip Town, New York

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 2:00 pm

Presented by CDR George J. Munchenbeck, USCGR (Ret.)

The early history of Islip Town, originally known as Islip Grange, is at best a convoluted story that is not easy to unravel. Much of that has to do with the turbulent times that created Islip and the efforts of its founding families to survive during a time when each message from Great Britain brought news of political change and created turmoil in the colony of New York. Accusations of piracy, imprisonments of the founders, execution of a governor, capture at sea and political intrigue all make this a fascinating story of a family and a glimpse of the birth of the flame that will lead to a new country. Join the Islip Town Historian for a glimpse into those days that gave birth to a unique place that if one takes a moment, the stamp of those founding days can still be seen in boundaries, open space and how the Town developed in later years.

Lectures are free for members of Friends of Connetquot. Non-members pay $5/person at the door.

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CoachingCoaching Along the Great South Bay

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 11:00 am

Presented by Jerry Trapani

Join us for a look back at traveling with a coach and four in hand from New York City to the estates along the Great South Bay by members of the "Coaching Club" many of whom were also members of the Southside Sportsmans Club. A glimpse back at the route they took, their Gold Coast Estates and the logistics of such a journey. Mr. Trapani will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who traveled to the Great South Bay. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, come hear about our Island’s Equestrian history.

Lectures are free for members of Friends of Connetquot. Non-members pay $5/person at the door.

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Upcoming Park Nature Programs

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 all events.

Happy Halloween!- Tiny Tots Program

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children's Program

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Clubhouse Tours

Connetquot Sportsmen's ClubSunday, November 7, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Program

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

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Animal ABCs

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children's Program

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Nature Trivia Night

Friday, November 12, 2021 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Family Program

Test your trivia skills! Once signed up, rules and short videos will be sent to you to watch with your trivia team at home. Then, join us in person to see how much knowledge you've retained for three rounds of fun questions. Bring your own drinks and snacks to have while we compete for some silly & fun prizes.

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Harvest Hunt & Gather

Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Program

Join us at the Preserve for a scavenger hunt! Follow clues and solve riddles while collecting items. Each of these items is a piece of a puzzle which you will create something with! Do you have what it takes to hunt and gather?

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Turkey Time- Tiny Tots (3-5 years old)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children's Program

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Clubhouse Tours

Connetquot Sportsmen's ClubSunday, November 21, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Program

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

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Colonial Games

Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Family Program

Take a journey to the past and visit Colonial America! Leave that smart phone behind in modern times and test your coordination with a ball and cup. How far can you roll a hoop? Join us for these and many other fun games to test your skills! For age 8 and up.

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Spikes & Shields- Tiny Tots (3-5 years old)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children's Program

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Stories of the Stars

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Family Program

Look up! Join us for a fun night all about constellations and the exciting mythological stories that go along with them. Dress for the weather and bring your own reclining lawn chair!

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Clubhouse Tours

Connetquot Sportsmen's ClubSunday, December 5, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Program

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

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Welcome Winter- Tiny Tots (3-5 years old)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children's Program

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Weather Wizards

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Family Program

Have you ever wondered how a cloud forms or why a tornado starts? Uncover weather secrets with activities and demonstrations.

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Clubhouse Tours

Connetquot Sportsmen's ClubSunday, December 19, 2021 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Program

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Click Here to Register