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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

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.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

  • Bay Friendly Yards: Three Essential ElementsBook Cover

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. via Zoom

    The typical suburban lawn is heavily reliant on fertilizers, pesticides, and huge amounts of water. It’s polluting, expensive, lifeless and tired. Native plantings belong here. They are less expensive to maintain, beautiful, AND they help filter the groundwater before it hits a creek or the bay. Learn about the three essential elements of a Bay Friendly Yard with native planting expert Frank Piccininni of Save The Great South Bay.

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  • Bay Friendly Yards: Creating a Butterfly GardenBook Cover

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. via Zoom

    Pollinators are essential to our eco-systems. Learn how to create a patch that will attract local pollinators, including beautiful Monarch butterflies, right in your own backyard with native planting expert Frank Piccininni of Save The Great South Bay.

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  • Bay Friendly Yards: Recycling WaterBook Cover

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. via Zoom

    Reduce, reuse, recycle applies to water as well. In this one-hour presentation, native habitat restoration expert,Frank Piccininni of Save The Great South Bay, will discuss rain barrels and bioswales to recycle water in your yard, reducing stormwater runoff and helping to keep the Great South Bay clean and healthy.

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  • Long Island’s Vanished Heiress: The Unsolved Alice Parsons KidnappingBook Cover

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 1:00 pm

    Alice McDonell Parsons was the heir to a vast fortune among Long Island's wealthy elite when she was kidnapped from Long Meadow Farm in Stony Brook in 1937. The crime shocked the nation and was front-page news for several months. Former Suffolk County detective Steven C. Drielak reveals previously classified FBI documents and pieces together the mystery of the Alice Parsons kidnapping.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Room

    Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

    Please visit the event page for more details and to reserve a seat

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.  See the full story behind the history of the transom and its restoration at Newsday.

Restored Transom

Gil Bergen

President's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Fall 2020

The President's Letter for Fall 2020 has been released:

Here are the highlights:

  • Connetquot River State Park Preserve’s manager and staff have been working hard at trying to manage the crowds, maintain the Mill, the Main Building, the Hatchery and the trails. As if things weren’t tough enough for them having to follow the stringent rules specified by New York State, the crowds increased greatly and managing it became a difficult but not impossible job.
  • Our Lectures are still on hold and our fundraisers have been cancelled with the exception of the outdoor Safari Scavenger Hunt but we are hoping that the Covid situation will end and we can resume soon.
  • Our Gala has been cancelled but we are planning to honor Judge Peter Fox Cohalan, this year’s recipient of the Gil Bergen Conservation Award, with a plaque that will be created and placed near the entrance to the Main Building.
  • Though the sun is still bright, still brilliant in the sky, it is cooler and the park will be awash with the multi-colored offerings of the trees in reds, yellows, golds, and orange. What better time to visit than in the weeks ahead when you can see the spectacular colors of the leaves and possibly help forget what a crazy year this has been!

Please visit the President'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.