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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

  • Main House Tour

    House TourSunday, Jun 16, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve

    Fee: The tour is free but there is an $8.00 per car parking fee.

    From Snedecor's Tavern to the Southside Sportsmen's Club, experience the rich history of the past. From the humble beginnings of a stage coach stop to a sportsmen's paradise. Members included America's most notable, wealthy and influential families. Join us for an up close and personal tour of the oldest, most famous and richest hunting and fishing club in the country.

  • Getting Started with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society & Seal Survey Training with Robert A. DiGiovanni, JrSeal

    Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 – 2:00 pm

    Interested in helping Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) promote marine conservation through action? Join us for an information session! We will meet to discuss what the organization does and how you can get involved, including joining our volunteer program, participating in a beach cleanup, attending a lecture, and more. Conservation starts with you!

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

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

  • Forgotten Places and Moments in Long Island History with Richard PanchykHidden History of L.I.

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

    Long Island’s history is filled with fascinating firsts, magnificent mansions and Interesting characters. Did you know that it was Long Island Pilot Earle Ovington that was the first to carry our country’s airmail? Or that William K. Vanderbilt’s Long Island Motor Parkway was our nation’s first highway? Did you know that Muttontown holds the ruins of an exiled Albanian King's Estate? Or that Captain William Kidd may have buried treasure on Long Island? Richard Panchyk will discuss these and much more about the vanishing traces of Long Island’s intriguing history.

    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

President's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Fall 2018

The Chairman's Letter for Fall 2018 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

  • Another successful Gala is behind us and we'd like to recognize the thoughtfulness, efforts and generosity of all involved who helped to make the event another truly special and memorable night!

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.

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