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Upcoming Events at Caleb Smith Preserve
I LOVE MY PARK DAY
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 myNHTV.com.
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.
Click on link above to read the Smithtown Matters article.
Caleb Smith Preserve Fall Festival
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 ;
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.