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Deepest Appreciation For Everyone Who Attended Our Book Launch!

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The Friends of Hempstead Plains are pleased to announce the publication of our new book, The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains.

The work is interdisciplinary in approach and includes contributions from geologists, biologists, botanists, historians, and artists. A team of scholars from Hofstra University, Molloy College, and Nassau Community College, along with experts from the larger community, worked cooperatively on the book which was edited and planned by Dr. Paul van Wie of Molloy College. There are articles on both the geology and ecology of the Plains as well as their important role in the history of the United States. The book was designed to be the definitive work on the subject, and a valuable resource as we work to restore and preserve the remaining Plains acreage for future generations.

To mark the publication of the Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains, the Friends of Hempstead Plains held a “Book Launch” event on Thursday, May 12.

The event took place at Nassau Community College, in the 11th floor of the Tower Building. 


A Special THANK YOU to The Town of Hempstead and Nassau Community College for helping support our 2021 Fall Festival.  






THANK YOU  To all of our friends who joined us for an Evening on the Plains!



Friday June 25th, the Friends of Hempstead Plains held a fundraiser at the beautiful Long Island prairie. It was a wonderful evening of outdoor socialization with our supporters and friends. The smooth sounds of the jazz band Santosha filled the evening until sunset. County Exectutive @countyexecutivecurran shared her thoughts about the importance of this unique LI habitat. FHP President Nina Shah-Giannaris spoke about our restoration work, in this, our 20th Year of stewardship. Sweetbriar Nature Center staff brought a Kestrel and Great-Horned Owl.  A big thank you to all who attended, and our board for their ongoing work and support. Some of our Friends of Hempstead Plains Board of Directors with the County Executive @countyexecutivecurran From left to right: David Stolarz, Laura Curran, Betsy Gulotta, Nina Shah-Giannaris, Betty Borowsky, and friend Joe Gutleber.

The jazz band Santosha graciously donated their time and considerable musical talents to the event.

Dr. Hattie Robertson was one of our many lucky raffle winners.


A great horned owl attended as an animal ambassador. Many thanks to the Sweetbriar Nature Center for supporting the FHP with her visit.

Volunteer Jason Valverde was another lucky winner.







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Past Backyard Habitat Program - Family Friendly - Was Held Thursday July 25th, 2019 10am - Noon We came together for a wonderful adventure in the Hempstead Plains grassland.  Guests toured the rare prairie habitat and learned about the creatures that live there, from meadow voles to peregrine falcons and monarch butterflies.  They learned how to attract birds and pollinators to their own yard and made their own insect nesting box. *Sponsored by East Meadow Public Library


Fourteenth Annual Prairie Benefit June 2019




- Special Guest: Eileen Krieb, Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums 
- Visionary Award: Clark Mitchell, The BAND Foundation
- Corporate Partner Award: Flushing Bank
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsy Gulotta, Founder and Conservation Project Manager Emerita, Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College - the non-profit dedicated to the preservation and conservation of this historically important piece of Long Island land, the last remnant of the Hempstead Plains.

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