The Friends of Connetquot
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
preservation, conservation and continuation for
future generations of the Connetquot River State
Park Preserve. In order to maintain the
environmental, ecological, cultural and historical
integrity of the 3,473 acre preserve, the groups’
- To help preserve the pristine environment
- To lend support to the management
- To help support the fishing habitat, woodlands, flora and fauna, hiking and bridle trail facilities and the educational programs
- To help protect and restore historic buildings
The Friends of Connetquot believe that the act of preservation is best accomplished when we keep an eye on the past, a foothold in the present, and our arms outstretched for the future.
October 16 at 8:00 a.m.
The Friends are planning a 'Photographers get-together' at Connetquot
Preserve on Sunday, October 16 at 8:00 am. Foliage is beginning to turn and
birds are still migrating. If you are interested, we will meet in front of
the mill at 8:00 a.m.
There is an $8.00 parking fee for those without an Empire Passport.
19th Annual Gala Celebration
November 7, 2016 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: Captain Bill's - Bay Shore,
Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 19th
Annual Gala Celebration!
See the Gala page for
more, including reservation/sponsorship information.
This year we'll posthumously honor Fran Levesque, long-time advocate and active supporter of Connetquot River State Park Preserve as the recipient of the the Gil Bergen Preservationist Award. Dinner, dancing, open bar, with live and Chinese auctions. Only $75/person.
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!
Friends' Mid-Year Appeal
With the considerable and much-appreciated support of donors such as you, the Friends of Connetquot continues to
make great progress in enhancing the historic structures of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve and the way its
visitors experience this beautiful place.
As an organization, we constantly strive to grow and
improve. Consequently, in April, Friends of Connetquot
was thrilled to receive an Organizational Excellence
Award from the Society for the Preservation of Long
Island Antiquities. But none of these accomplishments
would have possible without you.
Please read our full appeal and
about all the work the Friends have done and are
continuing to do, with your help, to keep Connetquot the
treasure that it is.
The rainbow trout fingerlings have been transferred from the hatchery building troughs to the outdoor ponds, and are doing well, having passed all the disease testing with flying colors.
Click here to view a video with complete details.
Friends of Connetquot Receive $66,000 Grant from the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation
September 9, 2015
Oakdale, NY - The Friends of Connetquot
Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Friends
were awarded a
Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation matching
grant of $66,000 to support efforts to restore the Nicoll
Grist Mill located in the Connetquot River State Park
Preserve. The Mill, which dates to the early 1700's, is an
iconic structure and one of the few mills in the nation
whose mechanisms are still based on the original Norse
design utilizing a horizontal wheel to grind.
The Friends have been spearheading the restoration of the Mill. To date, work on the foundation, framing,
shingles and doors has been completed. The Friends will utilize the matching grant from the
Robert D. L.
Gardiner Foundation to reinstall the main drive mechanism, horizontal wheel and mill stones. Once complete,
the Mill will be a museum dedicated to increasing the public’s understanding of the social and industrial history
of Long Island and the Preserve's role within that framework.
Friends Board Chair Robert Labuski, speaking on behalf of the Board, has said that the Friends
grateful to the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation for their constant support of the Mill restoration. Their
generosity is allowing us to finish the Mill restoration, which, when complete, will be a new cultural resource
for the residents of Long Island."
Download this press release in PDF format.
Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter,
The Chairman's Letter for Spring 2016 has been released.
Here are the highlights:
- The Friends are proud to announce that the hatchery is now fully operational.
- Our recent
lectures on foxes and bats drew large
annual Trail Ride and Hike was held on May
1st, and again the weather was uncooperative,
but the event was still a success.
- About six hundred pine seedlings were
I Love My Park Day, May 8th, to replace many
that have been heavily damaged by southern pine
beetles, and subsequently removed.
- A pair of American Bald Eagles have made the park their hunting grounds. They have been seen almost every day, fishing the river and main pond.
Please visit the Chairman's Letter page to read the full letter.
OnCell Audio Walking Tour!
Did you know you can take a walking audio
tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone? Thanks to
OnCell 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.
Simply download the map here or get one at the entrance booth as you come in to the park. Call 631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers along the trail. 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.