Friends of Hempstead Plains

The Board of Directors of Friends of Hempstead Plains is happy to announce that we are open for small groups, families and individuals.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Open until November 21st

Tuesdays 8:00 AM to noon

Thursdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM.  

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.

College Parcel is Looking Great this past Fall

After a long summer of clearing invasives with volunteers we have been rewarded by the autumn grasses.  
Francis Purcell Preserve Restoration Moving Forward
We began restoration in summer 2018 and the progress is astounding.  After a summer mowing and many days of invasive plant removal, we are starting to see the prairie grasses expand.  

Natives Planted at the Francis Purcell Preserve
In October 2019 Little bluestem, Big bluestem and switchgrass were planted at the entrance to the Purcell Preserve thanks to a grant from South Shore Audubon's Burke grants for native plants.  

Front Garden Planted  
Over 20 Boyscouts and Nassau Community College students transformed the look of the Education Center by removing weeds around it and replacing them with natives.   Thank you to all who came out, especially to Eagle Scout Candidate Scott Henneberger and his family, as well as the South Shore Audubon Society, who granted funds for restoring habitat with native plants.  

Invasive Species Controlled 
Black Swallow-wort appeared for the first time on this section of Plains in 2017.  It is a highly invasive plant which is particularly detrimental to Monarchs.  Volunteers did an amazing job knocking back the Swallow-wort and thus protecting Monarchs.  



 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 are: 
• 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.  @40.7271276,-73.5882271

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For information: email
Board of Directors
Prof. Nina Shah-Giannaris, President
Dr. Paul vanWie, Vice President
Ms. Meagan Fastuca, Secretary
Prof. Annetta Centrella-Vitale, Treasurer
Dr. Betty Borowsky
Dr. Scott Emmons
Dr. Lisa Filippi
Prof. Betsy Gulotta
Prof. Catherine Ripley
Prof. Robert Pollack
Mr. David Stolarz, Webmaster


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