Lecture Series 2014
History Lecture - Sunday, April 19th at 1:00 PM
Cathy Ball from the Smithtown Library will give a presentation at the park about the history of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve.
Birding Walk - Saturday, May 9th at 9:00 AM
Eric Powers ("Your Connection to Nature;" "Quality Parks Master Naturalist Program") will give a "birding" presentation followed by a guided birding walk.
Nature Program and Hike -Sunday, June 14th at 1:00 PM
Jan Porinchak ("Nature Works;" Art Teacher; Sierra Club Outing Leader) will conduct a nature program and guided hike in the park.
FRIENDS OF CALEB SMITH PRESERVE FALL FESTIVAL in the news: Click here for the Smithtown Matters article
Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve Fall Festival
Be a fish! Fish for a fish! And join in many fun events at the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve's First Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 5. The grand event will be held at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown, in conjunction with the Park’s 40th anniversary, and will take place between 10 a.m - 3 p.m. On hand will be many activities including the Long Island Falconers demonstrations; catch-and-release fishing for children under age 13, with worms and tackle provided; and a fly-fishing demonstration. Admission fee is $10 a carload; there will be no parking fee.
Other events will include: hands-on wetland ecology program at Willow Pond, led by popular naturalist Jan Porinchak; a large wooden fish statue where visitors can place their face in a hole and ... be a fish!; face painting; colonial games; nature programs by Quality Parks Master Naturalist Program; a hike led by Jane Fasullo of the Sierra Club; and a birding walk by Susan Krause of Four Harbors Audubon.
Live performing musicians include: TJay, a singer/songwriter/guitarist who will perform at mid-day. TJay’s style incorporates Rock/Pop with Jazz and Funk to create an independent sound with huge potential for crossover and is uniquely timeless, speaking to any musical taste. His latest full-length album, “Pivot”, features John Popper on harmonica and Ryan MacMillan on drums. TJay has shared the stage with such notables as The Doobie Brothers, Blues Traveler and The Neville Brothers. Local singer Amber Ferrari, well-known for her show “Joplin’s Pearl” will be stopping by at 2:30 p.m. to share a few classic rock songs.
Besides music and fun things to do, hear and see, the event will include a 50:50 raffle, and door prizes, such as a gift basket of wines from First Glass Wine Tours of Long Island. Free pumpkins will be given to children on a first-come, first-serve, basis.
Visitors will also have access to the Preserve’s Nature Museum with its interactive exhibits in individually themed rooms with wooded or pond backdrops and mounted wildlife: the Forest Room, Pond Room, River Room, and the Wetlands Room with its new “Who Eats Whom” interactive computerized food chain puzzle.
Click here for our fall festival schedule.
AND...click here for information on our 2014 Scarecrow Trail.
Another Great Junior Angler's Fishing Tournament — This popular annual event was held Saturday, June 7th to an overflow crowd. Click here for a summary of the event and photos.
New "Who Eats Whom" Nature Exhibit — Don't miss the new, interactive nature exhibit, recently installed in the Wetlands Room of the Nature Museum - more