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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)

I Love My Park Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019

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

22nd Annual Trail Ride/Hike and Plant Sale

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine)

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

WoodpeckerBackyard Birding with Ginny Fields

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.

The show will also include pictures of the birds you can expect to see in your own backyard where your backyard will soon become a haven for wild birds and you’ll have your very own personal bird sanctuary. Of course, some birds are easier to attract than others but she will have lots of tips and advice on how to attract those birds that need a little extra persuasion to visit.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Main Building

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

Click here to register online

Ladies' Tea PartyLadies' Tea

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Room

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

Reservations are Required

Please R.S.V.P. before 5/31/2019 by completing the form and payment on the Ladies' Tea page or by calling 631-567-5042 and mailing in your payment.

Hidden History of Long IslandForgotten Places and Moments in Long Island History

 Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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.

Richard Panchyk is the author of 36 books on a variety of topics, including more than 10 titles on Long Island and New York City History. In total, his books have featured thousands of historic and present day photographs of New York’s most fascinating Places. His most recent titles are Nassau County Through Time, Suffolk County Through Time, and Abandoned Long Island. Mr. Panchyk’s latest books will be available for purchase.

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

Click here to register online

Fall Fishing OutingFall Fly Fishing Outing

October 2019

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 $75 per person as our costs have increased. 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.

Gala Celebration

November 2, 2019

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!

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