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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

Video Gallery

Connetquot: The Way it Was

Take a tour of the preserve and the Sportsman's Club with Craig Kessler

History of the South Side Sportsmen's Club

Stained-glass window restored at Connetquot River State Park Preserve

A stained-glass window that dates back to the late 19th century has been restored and reinstalled at the Sportsman's Club at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.  The video is only available for viewing on Newsday's website.  See the full story behind the history of the transom and its restoration at Newsday.

Restored Transom

Connetquot River Electroshock - June 19, 2012

New York State DEC taking samples of trout from Connetquot River to test for the presence of IPN. Electroshock is used to temporarily stun and catch the fish, who are transported for testing at the NYS DEC lab in Rome, NY. Read more about the Hatchery and IPN.

To view the video in a larger screen, hover over the video and click the rectangular icon at the bottom right.

We hope to post the results of the testing as soon as they are available.  The Friends are working hard to install a well and pump for the historic Hatch House so we can start raising trout once again.

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Friends of Connetquot Lecture Series - Saturday, June 19, 2010

Speaker: Harry W. Havemeyer, author of "Along the Great South Bay: From Oakdale to Babylon The Story of a Summer Spa 1840 to 1940." Harry Havemeyer is a four generation summer resident of the town of Islip. His ancestors first rented a cottage in 1884 and in 1889 bought a home in Islip.

Topic: The Cultural History of the Southside Sportsmen’s Club.

Friends of Connetquot Lecture Series - Saturday, March 27, 2010

Speaker: Gary Lawton, Regional Environmental Manager, L.I. State Park Region

Topic: The Natural History of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Connetquot's Hidden Histories

Take a tour through Connetquot State Park Preserve with Gil Bergen and learn some very interesting and little known facts about the history of the park.

Tour/History of the Reserve

Gil Bergen, Park Manager of the Connetquot River State Park Reserve presents a tour of the Reserve and also offers insight on some of its historical significance in this 5 minute, 57 second video.

Closing the Hatchery and IPN

Richard Remmer presents a video about the hatchery and IPN.