Connetquot River State Park Preserve maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation of game birds, fish and animals. Deer and waterfowl are numerous, rare nesting birds, including the osprey, are present and there are numerous rare plants, and other interesting flora, such as trailing arbutus and pink lady's slipper in their natural habitats. The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking, horseback riding, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.
For Schools: Environmental Education Programs
Youth Programs available
The Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center is home to the Regional Environmental Education Team of environmental educators. Schools, youth organizations and special interest groups can make arrangements for interpretive programs and hikes at any of the State Parks on Long Island by calling this office. In addition to group hikes there are Fun for Kids Activities, Family Adventure Programs and Adult Ed-ventures for the general public run at several State Parks.
*To receive information on programs via email, sign up for Long Island State Park & Nature's electronic mailing list here.
No Pets Allowed
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
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Come join the Friends of Connetquot for our 19th annual fun filled ride/hike through beautiful ConnetquotRiver State Park Preserve. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the trails and woodlands of the first N.Y.S. preserve. There will be a raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by generous friends. The clubhouse will be open for tours. A donation of only $30 pre-paid by April 30th; $40 after April 30th includes bagels and a sumptuous lunch buffet and dessert bar. For our hikers, we've scheduled a guided 4 - mile Greenbelt walk. All profits go to the Friends of Connetquot to enhance the preserve, its many varied programs and services.
Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club that now make up Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
First and Third Sunday of Each Month
Sunday, April 3rd
Sunday, April 17th
Sunday, May 1st
Sunday, May 15th
Sunday, June 5th
Sunday, June 19th
Tours run continuously. Each tour is about 45 minutes long.
Please arrive any time between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.
Children ages 3 -5.
Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.
April 5th (3/22) All About Eggs
April 19th (4/5) Seeds of Spring
May 3rd (4/19) Mother Nature's Day
May 17th (5/3) Home Tweet Home
May 31st (5/17) Trees are Terrific
June 14th (5/31) Fun with Fish
June 28th (6/14) Hooray for Herps
Please register by date in paranthesis.
Come join us at Connetquot River State Park Preserve in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Contact event coordinator Theresa Simeone for more information: Theresa.Simeone@parks.ny.gov
Enjoy a continental breakfast (courtesy of the Friends of Connetquot and the Great South Bay Audubon Society) and a presentation introducing the local and migratory birds seen in our area. Afterward, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society. Binoculars and identification books will be available for loan.