Friends of Hempstead Plains

On Tuesday, November 28, Friends of Hempstead Plains is celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. This holiday season the Friends have wonderful news to share and a lot to be thankful for. We are embarking on an expansion of our geographic responsibilities to include prairie habitat in the nearby Francis T. Purcell Preserve and we have been extremely busy hosting a diverse array of children and adults at the Education and Research Center, building a hub of activity that we are proud of. Also, our volunteers have been generously donating their time to help with habitat management. 

All this is possible due to the generosity of our supporters. In the spirit of the season we hope that you will participate in Giving Tuesday and support our mission of restoring the little bit of prairie habitat (home to rare and endangered species) that we have left on Long Island. Rest assured that your donation goes directly into projects and activities that will touch the hearts and minds of everyone who visits the Hempstead plains.

To donate click here.We thank you for your thoughtfulness and wish you a happy and healthy Holiday season!


12th Annual Prairie Benefit on May 12, 2017

A Very Special Heartfelt "THANK YOU"

To Everyone Who Made

Our Annual Prairie Benefit Cocktail Party

A Resounding Success:



Friends of Hempstead Plains is proud to announce the publication of our 2017 Calendar.

Onsale now for $10, plus $2 shipping.  Visit our Gift Shop, or email (especially if you are having trouble paying with paypal).

The Story Behind The Hempstead Plains Education and Research Center

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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
Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3 and 17. Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers.

Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(Weather permitting)
Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 29, Nov. 4 and 18, Bring gloves, rakes and clippers. TUESDAY SUNSET TALKS 5:00 PM Sept.9 - Oct. 31. Call to reserve a spot. 516-572-7575; x26531.

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