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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

  • Equestrian Seminar

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingMarch 10, 2018

    Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY

    Time: 1:00 p.m. in the Main House

    Program: Equestrians will want to join us for two insightful seminars in one event. Kara Spillman, DVM will speak about Insect Borne Diseases and their Prevention. Tiffany Wyman from Nutrena Feed will discuss Body Condition Scoring and Topline Evaluation. Door prizes will be given away and light refreshments will be available.

    Free Admission - Seating is limited to 50. Please RSVP to Jerry Trapani @ 917-355-5225 or

  • Friends' Lecture Series

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingSaturday, March 24, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Topic: "A Short History of Fly Rod Design and Manufacturing"

    Speaker: Ted Simroe

    Ted Simroe is an internationally renowned fly rod designer and Master bamboo fly rod maker. He led two of the major rod manufacturers during his business career designing and manufacturing outstanding products, many of which are considered valuable sporting collectibles. He now makes a small quantity of hand-crafted bamboo fly rods for individuals who can appreciate true excellence in a traditional American craft. He has given many talks and casting presentations over the years.

    See the Lecture Series page for reservation information and complete program details.

  • Fly Fishing 101

    Saturdays, beginning April 14th and concluding on May 19, 2018 - 1:30 - 3:30 PM

    A comprehensive introduction for beginners, covering equipment, accessories, rigging, finding fish, what they eat, and the flies which mimic them in both fresh and salt-water. Basic casting instruction and some fishing for trout at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve included.

    WHERE: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, main house

    FEE: $125.00/person payable to "Friends of Connetquot, Inc." Seminar will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants, 16 years of age or older.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION: For more info or to register, please call 631-589-1240 or email  Registration will close on April 6th.

    More Information

  • 20th Annual Spring Fun Trail Ride and Hike

    Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine)

    Connetquot Trail RideCome join us for our annual fun filled ride/hike through beautiful Connetquot Park Preserve. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the trails and woodlands of the first N.Y.S. preserve. The clubhouse will be open for tours. A leisurely ride or hike of a few miles will take you through some of the most historic trails on Long Island. There will be a Chinese Raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by generous friends. Everyone receives 5 raffle tickets to start, plus the "Osprey" special for $20. There will also be a 50-50 drawing. The last riders will go out by 2:00 p.m. so we can draw the winners at 3:00 p.m.

    Click here for more information and how to register | Download the flyer/registration form

  • Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Connetquot Breakfast and BirdingMay 13, 2018

    Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY

    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Program: Join Friends of Connetquot, Great South Bay Audubon Society and NY State Parks Environmental Education Office at Connetquot River State Park Preserve for a continental breakfast, an introduction to bird identification, and a walk in beautiful Connetquot Preserve to find and identify ducks and other birds at the preserve.

    No cost for breakfast, $4 per adult for program, $8 parking fee (none with a NYS Empire Passport).

    Reservation required: call Connetquot State Park Preserve at 631-581-1072 to register or fill out the registration form on the Breakfast and Birding page.

  • Friends of Connetquot Ladies' Tea

    Friends of Connetquot Tea PartySunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Room

    Fee: $30/person and A HAT IS MANDATORY!

    Join us for our 6th Annual Ladies' Tea! Enjoy sumptious tea, muffins, scones, finger sandwiches and fabulous raffle prizes to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

    Reservations are Required

    You can reserve and pay on the Ladies' Tea page before June 1st or if you prefer to mail in your payment, call 631-567-5042 for 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 "are very 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, Fall 2017

The Chairman's Letter for Fall 2017 has been released.

Here are the highlights:

  • A lot of news for equestrians including a meeting with the Assistant Park Director and another scheduled equestrian lecture.
  • For our Fishing Public, we have also been working on a 6-week Fly-Fishing Seminar.
  • I Love My Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th.
  • We will have our Annual Trail Ride and Walk and have added a Plant Sale since it will be held the week before Mother’s Day.
  • Our 6th Annual Ladies Tea will be held on Sunday, June 10th
  • We have scheduled Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Author of “Historic Haunts of Long Island; Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point” for Saturday, October 20th from 2-3:30 to discuss her book.
  • This year for the first time we will be holding “Christmas at Connetquot” in the beginning of December.
  • Our newly rebuilt Nicoll Mill will be open soon for tours.

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.

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