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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 2019. 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 goes into effect weekends in April and both weekends and weekdays in May. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and 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. The dates in parenthesis are the first day you may register for the program. To make a reservation, call (631) 581 – 1072 between 8:00 – 4:30 pm.

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 Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am

January 15 January 29 February 12 February 26 March 12 March 26

Winter Wildlife Wonderful Weather Owl Always Love You Snowflakes
Forever Green Spring is Here!

Bird & Breakfast: (Adult Program)

Saturday January 12 (12/29) 8:00 – 11:00 am

Enjoy a continental breakfast (courtesy of GSBAS). There will be a presentation on local and migratory birds. Binoculars and ID books are available for loan for the walk afterward.
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Art with Animals: (Children’s Program)

Sunday January 13 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Make a wildlife inspired creation using items found in nature and turn them into unique works of art. There may be a visit from a special guest.
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Deer Detectives: (Children’s Program)

Sunday January 27 1:30 – 3:00 pm

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 deer leave behind.
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Tracks & Traces: (Family Program)

Sunday February 10 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Explore the forest to ‘read the signs’ animals leave behind. We will search for tracks and traces that might lead us to the animals!
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Landscape Painting: (Adult Program)

Saturday February 16 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Connetquot has a rich and vibrant natural history. Capture some of that beauty with a guided painting lesson! Learn to translate wildlife and scenery to canvas.
There is an additional fee of $2 per person for materials.
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Astronomy – Explore the Solar System: (Family Program)

Friday March 9 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Discover the fascinating planets that share our sky. With fun hands-on activities, we will gain an understanding of how big our solar system is.
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Owl Pellet Dissection: (Family Program)

Sunday March 10 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Explore the world of owls. Discover how these silent predators hunt in the dark. Dissect a real owl pellet to discover what creatures were eaten by the owl. Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

After Dark Stroll: (Family Program)

Friday March 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Want to explore the preserve after dark? Bundle up and enjoy the brisk winter air as we stroll through the trails after the sun sets.
Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Evergreen Baskets: (Adult Program)

Saturday March 23 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Discover fascinating facts about evergreens you never knew before. We will then show you how to create your very own evergreen basket to take home with you. Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

Wildlife Detectives: (Children’s Program)

Saturday March 24 1:30 – 3:00 pm

During a walk outside, we will uncover what animals are living in the forest by searching for clues they have left behind. Do you have what it takes to be a wildlife detective? Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.

South Side Sportsmen’s Club Historic House Tours

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, which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Sundays 1:00 – 2:00 pm

January 6th and 20th February 3rd and 17th March 3rd and 17th

Reservations are suggested.
Please call 631 – 581 – 1072 for more information.

Friends of Connetquot Lecture Series

The Gold Coast & the Real Gatsby (An Adult Program)

Saturday, January 19th At 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Travel back in time to the days of Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby! Learn about the actual families and their grand houses that inspired the book during a talk by North Shore historian and author Paul J. Mateyunas. He will autograph copies of his books, North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890 – 1950, and Long Island’s Gold Coast, which will be available for purchase.

Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072. Or visit:

Winter Celebration

Saturday, January 26th 10:00 – 4:00pm


Discover the many wonders of winter! Walk through indoor stations filled with fun, hands on activities and exciting science experiments. Look at a real snowflake up close, sit in our ‘upcycled’ milk bottle igloo, go for a scavenger hunt and eat a special icy treat! See for yourself how animals stay warm in the winter and identify their tracks. Stop by any time during this special event.

No Reservations Are Required! Questions? Call: 631-581-1072

Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island Saturday, March 16th
At 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Take a hike! Get outside and explore the Long Island Pine Barrens’ deepest secrets and more! James Daniels, author of, The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island, and local high schooler, will present a power point of only the best hikes on Long Island. The presentation will be complete with pictures, maps, and the best hiking information available. Books will be on hand for purchasing and signing.

Reservations Are Required: (631) 581 – 1072.


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