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

  • Video Tour of the Grist Mill Restoration

    Grist Mill Video Screen CapPresented by John Remmer

    Thanks to a lot of hard work and generous donations, the Friends of Connetquot are proud to announce the restoration of the Nicoll Grist Mill. Watch as John Remmer takes you on a detailed tour of the Grist Mill and explains the restoration project.

    Watch the Video

  • Long Island Lighthouses; Past and Present with Robert MüllerLighthouse

    Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Long Island Lighthouses: Past and Present examines the history of more than 20 light stations over 200-plus years. It is based on Muller's 2004 book of the same name and his experience as a local lighthouse history researcher and preservationist. Images in the program range from the 1850s to the present and include lighthouse keepers, lightships, and lighthouses that no longer stand. Information includes personal stories about many of the personalities involved in this 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

  • Coaching Along the Great South BayLighthouse

    Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Presented by Jerry Trapani and Paul Mateyunas

    "COACHING ALONG THE GREAT SOUTH BAY" is a look back at traveling with a coach and four in hand from New York City to the estates along the Great South Bay by members of the "Coaching Club" many of whom were also members of the Southside Sportsmans Club. A glimpse back at the route they took, their Gold Coast Estates and the logistics of such a journey.Mr. Mateyunas will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who traveled to the Great South Bay. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, come hear about our Island’s Equestrian 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

  • Grow More with Less: Sustainable Garden MethodsLighthouse

    Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Horticultural expert Vincent Simeone will discuss how you can plan your green garden. With detailed, strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, you will learn the steps to creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. Vincent Simeone will explain why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, how to manage invasive species, how to make the most of your lawn, how to conserve water with proper irrigation, installing rain barrels and cisterns, and more.

    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

Orvis had an event called “Giveback Days” where they gathered donations at their Westbury store and presented us with more than $900 (they’re still adding it up!) A huge thank you to Brian (left), Janet Soley, FOC Board Member- for arranging it), and Fred (Store Manager). GREAT organization!

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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