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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)

House ToursMain House Tour

Sunday, Jun 16, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

From Snedecor's Tavern to the Southside Sportsmen's Club, experience the rich history of the past. From the humble beginnings of a stage coach stop to a sportsmen's paradise. Members included America's most notable, wealthy and influential families. Join us for an up close and personal tour of the oldest, most famous and richest hunting and fishing club in the country.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Fee: The tour is free but there is an $8.00 per car parking fee.

Friends' Photo WorkshopGetting Started with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society & Seal Survey Training

Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Interested in helping Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) promote marine conservation through action? Join us for an information session! We will meet to discuss what the organization does and how you can get involved, including joining our volunteer program, participating in a beach cleanup, attending a lecture, and more. Conservation starts with you!

Following our informational session we will be offering a Seal Survey training for those who are interested in volunteering for our seal cruise survey efforts this summer.

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is an organization of Biologists and Volunteers with decades of experience in marine mammal and sea turtle research and response. Their Mission is to promote marine conservation through

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

Click here to register online

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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