Friends of Hempstead Plains

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 12 pm -2 pm at The Hempstead Plains

(rain date Sunday May 18, 2014 • 12 pm -2 pm)

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

Youth Art Art contest for grades K-12
To participate create an original drawing/painting of one endangered species on an 8 ½ by 11 piece of paper.  Bring artwork to Endangered Species Day on May 17 at 12 pm where it will be displayed and judged by attendees.  To participate entries must be registered.  Prizes will be awarded for winning entry in each grade group (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and High School).  For more details and to register, please email: info@friendsofhp.org


 

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 ccohen@eastmeadow.k12.ny.us.

 


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.
 

 
ABOUT FRIENDS
 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.
NEW TEMPORARY ENTRANCE FOR HEMPSTEAD PLAINS VISITORS
Due to construction of our Education and Research Center, please enter the plains at the gate around the corner on perimeter Rd.

UPCOMING EVENTS: spring 2014


FRIDAY AFTERNOON WALKS AT THE HEMPSTEAD PLAINS
3:30 PM
April 25, May 2, 16 and 30, June 13 and 27, July 11. Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers


WEEKEND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY WORKDAYS
Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Weather permiting)
April 26, May 3, 17 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12. Bring gloves,rakes and clippers



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