Friends of Hempstead Plains

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FRIDAY APRIL 6, 2018:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm

(rain date: APRIL 13)

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In partnership with Nassau County and the Marriott Hotel, on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 PM volunteers are welcome to visit and help restore this beautiful County preserve for all to enjoy. Once part of the historic Hempsead Plains, much of this preserve has been degraded and covered with non-native vegetation and litter.  Our goal is to restore this unique open space prairie habitat for wildlife and provide passive recreation trails open to the public.

All volunteers are welcome.  More details to come. 

Newsday Story by William Murphy about Carole Neidich-Ryder:

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Obituary Anouncement:


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Thirteenth Annual Prairie Benefit Fundraiser

Friday, April 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm                                  

Hofstra University Club, Hofstra University.                                        

Honorees include the new Nassau County Executive, Hon. Laura Curran, and the Cedar Swamp Historical Society.                                      

Tickets will be available soon.



Friends of Hempstead Plains wishes to thank all of you who participated in "Giving Tuesday" by making a donation to the Friends.  Your help will enable us to increase our habitat protection and restoration of this special prairie habitat. 



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Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Hempstead Plains and to offering educational programs about this special and rapidly vanishing ecological and historical habitat.

 Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College, Inc. was formed in 2001, dedicated to the perpetual preservation, restoration and management of the site through scientific research and education. 
Our goals and objectives are to: 
• Protect the land ~ prevent further destruction of critical habitat and promote compatible development in the surrounding area.
• Restore the ecological habitat ~ restore the prairie grassland that once covered the area and rare species that depend on it.
• Promote and provide assistance for good stewardship of the land.
• Develop educational programs ~ offer environmental education for the community and coordinate educational opportunities for students of all ages.
• Promote research by college faculty and students.
• Encourage community involvement in restoration and management practices.


Directions: From Meadowbrook Parkway take Exit M4 to Charles Lindbergh Blvd.  Or from Merrick Ave., turn west on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. (between Hempstead Ave. and Stewart Ave.) Follow Charles Lindbergh Blvd. to first right turn into NCC East Campus.  Turn Right into East Campus. See Hempstead Plains at first intersection. Turn right into Hempstead Plains parking area.

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  Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College (FHP) has established and adopted an Equal Employment Opportunity Employment policy (“EEO”). The purpose of this EEO policy is to ensure that all employment and contract decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis, and without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/reassignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.


3:30 PM
April 20, May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 29 Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers.

Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(Weather permitting)
April 21, May 4 and 18, June 2, 16 and 30. Bring gloves, rakes and clippers. TUESDAY SUNSET TALKS 5:00 PM to be scheduled Call to reserve a spot. 516-572-7575; x26531.

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