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

  • 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

  • Connetquot: The Way it Was (Video)

    Connetquot: The Way it WasPresented by Craig Kessler

    Take a tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve and the Sportsman's Club with Craig Kessler and learn about its rich history and the stories behind the preserve and those who have been a part of its legacy.

    Watch the Video

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, Winter 2020-21

The President's Letter for Winter 2020-21 has been released:

Here are the highlights:

  • Our Mid-Year Appeal has been very successful, and we thank everyone who contributed.
  • We are working on two important aspects of the Preserve: Restoring the tin ceiling in the Fish Room and renovating the old Ice House.
  • In lieu of our Annual Gala, we decided to do a Virtual Raffle, which will end on December 21st. This was put together by Board Member Janet Soley, with assistance from Rita and Jerry Trapani and several other Board Members.
  • We now have special plaques (thanks to Richard Remmer) at the front of the Main Building which show the past recipients of our “Gil Bergen Preservation Award” along with our 2020 designee.

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.