Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve

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Upcoming Events at Caleb Smith Preserve


Lend a hand and show your love for Caleb Smith Preserve on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Over 100 NY state parks, historic sites and public lands will be hosting volunteer projects. To register call the park at 631-256-1054 or go here to sign up online.  

Birds of the Park Guided Birding Walk with Biologist Eric Powers

Join Biologist Eric Powers for a fun and informative Birds of the Park presentation followed by a guided birding walk.  We’ll get hands-on looks at bird nests, eggs, feathers and more on Saturday, May 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown.
Bring your binoculars and any bird feather you would like to share with the group. The free event is being presented by the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve. (Please note $8 per vehicle parking fee will be in effective at the park.) See more of Ranger Eric on his new TV show “Off The Trail” at
Limited to 50 participants. Call 631-265-1054 to pre-register.

Bring Your Children Fishing

The 14th Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve, will take place on Saturday, June 11. Those interested must register by Saturday, June 4. There will be two groups fishing: ages 5-8 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. and ages 9-12, from 1-3 p.m. The fee is $10 per entry for anglers of Friends members; $15 for anglers of non-members. The entry fee includes bait, junior angler tee shirts, refreshments, goody bags and tackle. Fishing rods are available if required. There will be three prizes for each age group. Call the Preserve office (631) 265-1054 for details.

Caleb Smith Preserve Fall Festival

colonial crafts and games were popular fun at last year’s event.
Photo above:Colonial crafts and games on the front lawn were popular fun at last year’s event.
Join the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve for its second annual Fall Festival to be held at the park on Sunday, September 27, 2015; 10 a.m - 3:30 p.m.. On hand will be many activities geared to the natural features of the park, including nature and birding walks led by popular local naturalists, honey bee demonstrations, fly fishing demonstration, colonial and Native American games; as well as antique cars, entertainment and face-painting. Food and ice cream. Admission fee is $10 a car; there will be no parking fee. For further park information call (631) 265-1054.
Click here for the Smithtown Matters article about our 2014 festival.
Photo Below: Jared Tetrault teaching a child a popular colonial game, while his grandfather Peter, in full military dress, and his grandmother Carole watch.

Check out our volunteers on FIOS1 News!

Youths and Nature Prevail at 2015 Fishing Tourney

Twenty-seven youths, age 5 - 12, enjoyed the tranquility and excitement of fishing during the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s 13th Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Nearly forty fish were caught and released into Willow Pond at the Smithtown state park, and six anglers received large fish trophies, while all received ice cream, and goody bags loaded with fish-related items.
Meanwhile, a snapping turtle, undisturbed at the activity around her, dug a nest and laid her eggs at Site #10 as the young anglers fished at other marked sites around Willow Pond.
 Winners at the morning session [ages 5-8]:
Lena Umbrino, 8, Kings Park, first prize: catching the most fish [3];
Anthony Ross, 6, of Seaford, second prize: largest pan fish [an 8-inch blue gill];
Dennis Steele, 6, of Lake Grove, third prize, largest other fish caught [an 11-1/2-inch bass].
 Winners in the afternoon session (ages 9-12):
Timothy Glover, 11, of Center Moriches, first prize: most fish caught [four]
Christopher Belanger, 10, second prize: largest pan fish [8-1/2”]
Edward Belanger, 12, of Smithtown, third prize: largest other fish [12-1/2” bass]
Special thanks to Fred Golofaro, from the Fisherman who donated the worms, hooks and bobbers. Carmine Petrone and Dylan Sobina from Camp-Site Sport Shop who were judges. Also, thank you to Carmine for donating 3 fishing rods that we raffled off. 

Click photos below to view. 

1. Anthony Ross, 6, of Seaford, with dad Irving, happily shows off his 8-inch blue gill for which he received a trophy for the largest pan fish caught.
2. Judge Dylan Sobina of Huntington notes the length of Anthony Ross’ bluegill after releasing it back into the lake. 
3. Winners in the morning session (ages 5-8) at the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve Junior Angling Fishing Tournament held on June 6, 2015: Anthony Ross,  Lena Umbrino, Dennis Steele. 
4. Morning session anglers.
 5. Snapping turtle laying eggs, undisturbed, all morning at Site 10.
6. Hayden Glover, 9, [foreground]; dad Timothy; brother Timothy, 11, of Center Moriches, fish on the peninsula. Timothy won first prize in the afternoon session for the most fish caught [four including an 11-inch bass]. 
7. Nicholas Churanai, 9, of East Northport gleefully reels in a 6-3/4 inch blue gill. 
8. Ryan O’Connor, 9, of Smithtown and dad Chris, wait for a bite. Seen in the background are anglers at the peninsula sites on Willow Pond. 
9. Winners in the afternoon session: Edward Belanger, Timothy Glover, Christopher Belanger. 
10. Afternoon session anglers.

The Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve are
dedicated to preserving the natural environment,  
historical structures and collections 
of one of the last great places on Long Island

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