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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

Calendar of Events

Other Upcoming Park Events (unrelated to the Friends, but happening at Conneqtuot State Park)

This page focuses on events run by and sponsored by the Friends of Connetquot to raise funds to be used toward the preservation of Connetquot. Please be sure to visit the Connetquot River State Park Preserve Events page at the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website for a schedule of other events run by the park itself.

Upcoming Events from the Friends of Connetquot - (Contact the FOC for details)

Long Island Lighthouses; Past and PresentGrow More with Less: Sustainable Garden Methods

We're sorry to announce this lecture has been cancelled.

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. With his effective, time-proven recommendations, field-tested in a large botanical garden and adapted for home use, this lecture will give you a complete step-by-step personal roadmap for green gardening.

For the past 23 years Vincent Simeone has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. He has specialized expertise in woody plant id, culture, use and selection of superior varieties. He has spoken to many groups nationwide and has appeared on garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. He has written and contributed to various gardening articles for magazines and newspapers including the Long Island based newspaper, Newsday. Since 2005 he has published six books: Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens, Gardeners Guide to New York and New Jersey and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape. In 2010, Vincent was named Man of the Year by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2014 Vincent was awarded the centurion award by Farmingdale State College as the top 100 alumni over the past century. In 2015, was awarded the distinguished arborists award from the NYS Arborists-ISA chapter

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

Earth DayEarth Day Service Project

We're sorry to announce this event has been cancelled.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, please join us on Saturday, April 25th starting at 9 am at the Trout Hatchery where we will be planting Trees and other native plants around the Hatchery Pump System.

Please dress appropriately. Bring gloves and shovels. Bug Spray and Sun Screen is recommended.

I Love My Park Day

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Sponsored by Parks & Trails New York

Beautification, clean up, and conservation projects are planned in Parks all across New York State. Show your love for Connetquot River State Park Preserve by joining the Friends' volunteer team to perform various beautification, clean-up and other tasks that will make the Preserve better to serve all visitors.

This year the Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve will be dedicating a plaque and boulder in honor of Gil Bergen at 9:00 AM.

Click here for more information

Ladies' Tea PartyLadies' Tea

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for our 8th 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.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Room

Fee: $35/person and A HAT IS MANDATORY!

Reservations are Required

Please R.S.V.P. before 6/5/2020 by completing the form and payment on the Ladies' Tea page or by calling 631-567-5042 and mailing in your payment.

CoachingLong Island’s Vanished Heiress: The Unsolved Alice Parsons Kidnapping

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 11:00 am

Presented by Steven C. Drielak

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. J. Edgar Hoover personally assigned his best FBI agents to the case, and within a short time, Parsons's husband and their live-in housekeeper, Anna Kupryanova, had become prime suspects. Botched ransom attempts, clashes between authorities and romantic intrigue kept the investigation mired in drama. The crime remained unsolved and has captivated Long Island audiences ever since.

Former Suffolk County detective Steven C. Drielak reveals previously classified FBI documents and pieces together the mystery of the Alice Parsons kidnapping.

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

Click here to register online

Fall Fishing OutingFall Fly Fishing Outing

Friday, October 9th, 2020

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 as our costs have increased.  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.

Remember that space is limited, so plan accordingly.

Click here for more information or to register

23rd Annual Trail Ride/Hike and Plant Sale

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. (Rain Date October 25th)

Food, Fun, Raffles.

Please join us and support one of the longest continuous annual events on Long Island! If you are trail riding, or if you are participating in the hike, led by our own Tom Casey, you will be traveling along some of the most historic trails on Long Island. There will be plenty to eat and prizes to win, thanks to our very generous friends, sponsors, & donors. All monies raised by the Friends of Connetquot are used to support the Preserve’s many projects & programs.


More Information or to register and pre-pay

Peter Fox CohalanGala Celebration

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Gala is our main fundraising event each year.  An entertaining and fun evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in celebrating the past, present and future of the Connetquot Preserve yet again!  This year we will honor Judge Peter Fox Cohalan as the recipient of the Gil Bergen Conservation Award.

Please check back or follow us on Facebook for updates.

Dinner, dancing, open bar, auctions and a 50/50 raffle. Only $95/person.

To reserve a seat or more information on how to show your support or sponsor a page in the gala journal, please visit the Gala page.