Upcoming Events at Caleb Smith Preserve
Explore the Preserve with Local Naturalist Jan Porinchak
Naturalist Jan Christopher Porinchak will lead an in-depth exploration of the natural wonders of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown on Saturday, June 18, at 1:30 p.m. Reserve by calling (631) 265-1054.
The walk will take approximately two hours, and is not recommended for children under ten years old. The event, sponsored by Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve is free, however, the preserve’s parking fee of $8 will be in effect.
An avid naturalist and environmental advocate, Mr. Porinchak will lead participants on a walk through the many landscapes of the park, offering tips on identifying the various plants and animals that will be encountered. A hike leader for the Long Island Sierra Club, he is also an art teacher at Jericho Middle School and an award-winning natural science illustrator.
2016 Annual Junior Angler Tournament
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 or click here for the event form to print and send.
Past Events of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve
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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.
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