Friends of Hempstead Plains


FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015


honoring CeCe Haydock, Landscape Architect

and Hon. Kate Murray, Hempstead Town Supervisor


see Events Page for more details




2nd annual Endangered Species Day


Saturday, May 30, 2015 • 1 pm -3 pm at The Hempstead Plains

Fun for all ages 

Informative Games and Crafts
Raffles, Guided Nature Walk
Free Admission!

Youth Art Art contest for grades K-12
Create an original drawing/painting of one endangered species on an 8 ½ by 11 piece of paper. Bring it to the Plains between 12 and 1 PM for judging by 3 professional artists/photographers.  Prizes will be awarded in each grade group (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and High School). 

Adult Photography Contest

 Create an 8x10 photo with the theme Biodiversity of Long Island. Bring it to the Plains between 12 and 1 for judging by 3 professional artists/photographers. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 photos.

See Events Page for more details


Thank you Grade 6 Metamorphosis Students from Woodland Middle School in East Meadow for helping to improve the local environment. 

Sixth graders in Ms. Cohen’s class are selling Hempstead Plains native grass seeds, as part of their participation in the “Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge”.   Native prairie grass seeds were harvested from the Hempstead Plains.  The students designed and filled packets with 4 different species of seeds.  All packets sell for $2.00.  To purchase seedsfor your garden, email Ms. Cohen at


Groundbreaking For Education and Research Center

On July 29, 2013, a brilliant blue sky welcomed a crowd of Dignitaries, Friends of Hempstead Plains, Nassau Community College administrators, County representatives and loyal volunteers participating in the festivities of the groundbreaking ceremony.  Led by County Executive Ed Mangano, the Friends’ Board of Directors dug their shovels into the ground, lifted the earth, and the long-awaited dream became a reality.

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.
Check out  scenes from our Eighth Annual Prairie Benefit on April 12, 2013.
Go to the Events page. 
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 NCC East Campus.  Turn Right into East Campus. See Hempstead Plains at first intersection. Turn right into Hempstead Plains parking area.
Due to construction of our Education and Research Center, please enter the plains at the gate around the corner on perimeter Rd.


  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 10 and 24, May 8 and 29, June 12 and 26, July 10. Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers

Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Weather permitting)
April 11 and 25, May 9 and 30, June 13 and 27 July 11. Bring gloves, rakes and clippers

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