Friends of Hempstead Plains

The Story Behind The Hempstead Plains Education and Research Center

Upcoming Events



Hempstead Plains Education and Research Center

at Nassau Community College

Explore nature writing with Tom Stock, nature poet and naturalist, at the outdoor poetry workshop 

Scvenger Hunt and Tour of the site is included.

Friday, Nov. 4 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM


Create artwork at the Indoor drawing workshop with Harriet Caroteunto, botanical illustrator

Scavenger Hunt and Tour of the Site is included

Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Hempstead Plains Education and Research Center at Nassau Community College 
Email: with your RSVP

The Story Behind The Hempstead Plains Education and Research Center

Facebook and Instagram

Photo (and Video) Contest

Please use the hash tags:  #HempsteadPlains AND #EndangeredSpeciesDay2016

To enroll your photos in our 2016 Endangered Species Day outreach effort: Post or Share to our FB page.

Up to 10 Dinners for Two ($50) Awards (one per person) to be announced on 

Thanksgiving Day at noon.  

Most "Likes" wins at least five of the prizes!

(Friends of Hempstead Plains reserves the right to limit the submissions.)


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.


  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
September 9 and 23 October 7 and 21 November 4 and 18 Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers

Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(Weather permitting)
September 10, 17, and 24 October 8 and 22 November 5 and 19 Bring gloves, rakes and clippers

Visit Our Gift Shop

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