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

  • Fishing Connetquot River State Park Preserve with Tom McCoy

    Fishing Lecture/HikeSaturday, April 6, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

    Tom McCoy's presentation will demystify fly fishing. He will introduce you to simple techniques and flies that will make your time on the water as a beginner more enjoyable. Tom's slide show will "walk" you through the park and its fishing beats, how he fishes each site, how a fly rod works, and where you just might find a big one. The presentation will be followed by an optional hike with a tour of the fish hatchery. (Total hike distance is two miles.)

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

    Registration for the lecture and hike are free although seasonal parking rates apply.

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

  • Backyard Birding with Ginny FieldsWoodpecker

    Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

    Watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the many different species of beautiful backyard birds is one of life’s great pleasures and a captivating and rewarding way to get in touch with nature.

    Ginny Fields will present a Power Point show and discussion where you’ll find all the tips, advice and guidance (what type of seed or food, fresh water, what types of feeders, and which predators to be aware of ) that you need to help you to get the most from this wonderful and fascinating pastime.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Room

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

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

  • Friends of Connetquot Ladies' Tea

    Friends of Connetquot Tea PartySunday, June 9, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Room

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

    Join us for our 7th 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.

  • 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 Lecture Series 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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