Calendar of Events

Upcoming Friends of Connetquot Events

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Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

painterCalling all Painters and Art Enthusiasts

Islip Arts Council is hosting their second year of "Pleinathon" - An all day plein air painting marathing at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

In addition to the event, participants get to showcase their finished pieces at the Islip Arts Council Gallery from June 4th to June 28th.

Go out and pick your favorite spot to paint and connect with nature.

General admission: $35

Free for ages 18 and under (10% discount to Islip Arts Center members)

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Friends of Connetquot Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

People talking about fly fishingFree instruction open to everyone 16 years and older but you must make a reservation.

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5th Annual Long Island Women’s Fishing Expo

Saturday, September 14th, 2024 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Women FishingFREE event* hosted by women for women! Learn how to Fly-Fish on the beautiful Connetquot River! Pre-Registration Required - Vendors, Clubs, Volunteers Needed.

Fly Fishing Clinic, Fly Casting Instruction, Basic Knot Tying, Trout Hatchery Tour, Fisheries Management, Advanced Fishing Info, and more...

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Forest Bathing Walk

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 10:30 am

Woman in the woodsForest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, a wellness practice developed in the 1980s, forest bathing walks inspire mindful connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthful benefits.

We’ll slow down, wander and notice what most of the world simply walks past; the beauty of nature in any season. We’ll do some grounding, connect with the trees and water, and may even create some nature art together. These walks are always slow and easy-going, not a hike; not a tour of plants. Walks always end with a ceremonial tea; something that could have been foraged in the forest. According to Linda, “Take this time to be present, lower any stress you may be experiencing, and naturally boost your immune system.”

Dress for outdoor weather. Closed shoes and long pants are recommended. Organic bug spray only, please.

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Annual Friends of Connetquot Gala Celebration

Thursday, December 5, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Celebrate our accomplishments - Reacquaint old friends

The Friends of Connetquot invite you to celebrate this wonderful evening of accomplishments.

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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.