Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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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

  • The Must See Hiking Destinations of L.I.

    Hiking Long IslandSaturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve

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

    Get outside and explore the Long Island Pine Barrens’ deepest secrets and more! James Daniels, author of The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island, and Westhampton High School Sophomore, will present a power point of only the best hikes on Long Island; such as the globally rare dwarf pines of Westhampton, the hoodoos of Montauk, and the 100-foot tall white pines of Prosser Pines County Park. The presentation will be complete with pictures, maps, and the best hiking information available. Books will be on hand for purchasing and signing.

    James will lead an optional hike [approximately 3 miles roundtrip to the hatchery and back] at the completion of the lecture.

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

  • The Autumn and Winter Gardens with Vincent SimeoneWonders of the Winter Landscape

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

    Join Planting Fields Arboretum Director Vincent Simeone as he discusses gardening in the Autumn and Winter seasons. Vincent will offer practical information on how to garden using woody plants that possess interesting fall foliage, fruit and bark interest. Plants ideal for the home landscape will be highlighted.

    During the winter portion of the lecture, we will focus on the wonders of the winter landscape and how to enhance the aesthetic value and interest of the garden by using horticultural treasures such as winter fruiting plants, broadleaved evergreens, conifers and trees with interesting bark.

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

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

  • The Sporting Life with Paul MateyunasThe Sporting Life

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

    Friends of Connetquot is pleased to announce the return of Paul Mateyunas. His lecture in January was fascinating! If you were not able to attend, please mark October 5 on your calendar! You don’t want to miss this!

    Learn about the sporting activities of the Gold Coast Estates in the early 20th Century. Mr. Mateyunas will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who played here. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, to harbors that sheltered the grand yachts, come hear about our Island’s great sporting history.

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

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

  • 2019 Connetquot Fall Fly Fishing Outing

    Friday, October 11th, 2019

    The Friends would like to invite all to enjoy a day of fly fishing and a tasty gourmet lunch (catered by the Snapper Inn) on the beautiful Connetquot River.

    Admission is $80 per person.  The event is limited to 20 people, so please apply as soon as possible. We are sorry but there will be no refunds for cancellations.

    There will be fish stocked for the occasion.

    Please call Ed Kelleher for a reservation.  Remember that space is limited, so plan accordingly.

    Ed Kelleher - (631) 724-8134

    Click here to register or for more information

We are so very excited to announce the Friends of Connetquot and Orvis Westbury's partnership for the 2019 Orvis Giveback Fund Raiser! The program runs from September 1st to the 26th. We urge everyone to stop in at the Orvis Shop located at 934 Old Country Road Garden City, NY 11530 and make a $10 donation. As a thank you, Orvis will give you a $10 Savings Card! At the conclusion of the program, you are invited back to the shop to help celebrate at the VIP event on September 26 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Orvis Westbury.

Orvis Giveback Days

Gil Bergen

President's Letter, FOC Newsletter, Fall 2019

The Chairman's Letter for Fall 2019 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

  • Our Program Chair (Janet Soley) has been booking interesting innovative Lectures and our Publicity Chair (Steve Mendelson) has been diligently working at getting our programs noticed.
  • Our Annual Fishing Outing is scheduled for Friday, October 11th
  • Our Board is now working on our upcoming Annual Gala (Saturday, November 2nd from 7 PM – 11 PM)
  • Rita Trapani has been reworking and reframing the photos in the foyer, the staff oiled the walls, cleaned and oiled the floor and it looks great!
  • Soon we will be organizing and restoring the Billiard Room along with creating revolving displays of the former members of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club.
  • Soon, we will have a beautiful new Donor Board installed in the Administration Building

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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