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Connetquot River State Park Preserve Schedule Of Events

Connetquot River State Park Preserve, in Oakdale offers the following interpretative programs in the winter of 2023. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult, $4.00 per child, and children under 3 are free.  An $8.00 parking fee must be paid during the fee collection season. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call or cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.  Please be prompt.  If others are waiting, your place may be given to them if you have not arrived when the program starts.  Outdoor programs will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

To make a reservation, visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”

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 Wednesdays                                                                                10:30 – 11:30am

January 25th                                     Animal ABC’s

February 8th                                      Heart 2 Heart

February 22nd                                   Snowflakes

 

Clubhouse Tours: (Family Program)

A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today. Tours of the historic Nicoll Grist Mill are included and will be offered after your house tour. Recommended for children 8+.

House tours are about an hour long and run consecutively every half hour. There will be a short talk outside before viewing the inside.

Held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:00-3:00pm

 

 Connetquot River State Park Preserve Schedule of Events…continued

 

Winter Celebration: (Family Event)

Saturday                                January 14th                                      11:00am-3:00pm

Discover the many wonders of winter! Experience hands on activities and science experiments. Stop by anytime during this free special event.

 

Bird at the Preserve: (Adult Program)

Saturday                                January 21st                                      8:30-10:30am                                  

A short presentation will focus on winter ducks! Afterwards, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society to search for birds in the wild. Binoculars will be provided or bring your own.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Deer Detectives: (Family Program)

Saturday                                January 28th                                      2:00-3:30pm

Where have all the deer gone? Expand your deer knowledge indoors as we explore the ways of the white-tailed deer. Outdoors we will become deer detectives and search for the clues that the deer have left behind.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Tracks & Traces: (Family Program)

Saturday                                February 4th                          1:00-3:00pm

Exploring the forest can be exciting during the winter. Learn how to ‘read the signs’ animals leave behind, then take a hike as we search for tracks and traces to figure out what animals live at the Preserve!

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Black History Month- The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat: (Family Program Ages 12+)

Saturday                                February 11th                                    10:00am~12:00pm

Basquiat painted many self-portraits. Through these works, he explored his identity as an African American man. His paintings were also tributes to African American historical figures, jazz musicians, sport personalities, and writers. Together we’ll use his art as inspiration to create our own self portrait.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Black History Month- Planet Explorers: (Family Program)

Friday                           February 17th                                            7:00 – 8:30pm

Our understanding of space, our solar system, and our own planet was shaped by revolutionary Black Astronomers and Astronauts. Explore the wonders of the solar system with planetary activities and stargazing. Stargazing will be weather permitting.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Nature Game Night: (Family Program Ages 8+)

Saturday                    February 18th                                    7:00-9:00pm

Love nature? Love games? Join us for this special edition of family games and test your knowledge while discovering fun facts about nature! Appropriate for children ages 8+.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Snow Day! (Children’s Program)

Thursday                   February 23rd                                                10:00-11:30am

Celebrate the snowy season! Did you know snowflakes come in 35 different shapes? Join us to explore more fun snowflake facts through activities and crafts.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Black History Month- Pioneers in Science: (Family Program)

Friday                         February 24th                                                10:00-11:30am

Some foundations of modern science are around today thanks to the contributions of Black Scientists. Come learn about some of these pioneers and witness exciting science experiments relating to their discoveries.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Hike Up North: (Family Program)

Saturday                    February 25th                                    9:45am ~ 12:00pm

Join us on a guided hike to the park’s Northern trails to experience landmarks and sights not frequently seen.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Women’s History Month: Art of Lee Krasner: (Family Program Ages 12+)

Saturday                    March 4th                               10:00am-12:00pm

Lenore “Lee” Krasner was an American abstract expressionist painter, with a specialty in collage. More people may recognize the name Jackson Pollock, her husband. The relationship overshadowed her contribution to the art world. We will learn about her and create a work of art inspired by this talented, strong, and powerful female artist.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Holi Art: (Family Program Ages 12+)

Sunday                      March 12th                             1:00-3:00pm

Holi, The Festival of Colors, marks the beginning of spring and is a Hindu Festival that has been celebrated since ancient times. Although we won’t be throwing colorful powder known as gulal, we will be creating colorful works of art to take home. All materials will be provided.

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt: (Children’s Program)

Saturday                    March 18th                             10:00am-12:00pm

Every March, tiny leprechauns come out and hide their gold all over the forest for park patrons to find. Let’s explore the Preserve and see what they left behind!

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Women’s History Month: Women in Space: (Family Program)

Friday                         March 24th                             7:00-8:30pm

Our presence in space would not be possible without the work of Women in Astronomy and Aeronautics. Learn about the women who have made our achievements possible, and what the future holds. Join us for some astronomy activities and learn about stargazing as we enjoy the night sky tonight!

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

Women’s History Month: Women in Science: (Family Program)

Sunday                      March 26th                             1:00-2:30pm

Some foundations of modern science are around today thanks to the contribution of women scientists. Come learn about some of these pioneers and witness exciting science experiments relating to their discoveries!

Reservations Are Required: Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure.

 

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