Friends of Hempstead Plains

Nature Walk, Poetry Workshop and Folk Music

Saturday, Sept. 13

9:30 AM to 1:00PM

Techniques for how people can put what they learn and see from Betsy's Nature Walk into poetry will be shown by Maxwell C. Wheat, Jr., first poet laureate of Nassau County. 

Jerry Ahern, Sea Cliff, folksinger, guitarist and composer, sings his Long Island and Hempstead Plains songs.

The Plains truly shines this time of year!
Bring outdoor chairs and brown bag lunches. Refreshments served!

Please pre-register at or phone 516-572-7575 x26531.

Free to members, non-members -$5.00. 

Raising the Roof On The Education and Research Center

Saturday August 2 and 16th, 2014

Volunteers waited out the rain the first Saturday and filled 240 biotrays.

Two weeks later, more volunteers came out and finished the job!

Photos Coming Soon!


The 9th Annual Prairie Benefit June 6, 2014

     Friends of Hempstead Plains will held its Ninth Annual Prairie Benefit to raise funds for the new Education and Research Center, restore and manage the 19 acre prairie habitat at the College and present educational programs to students and the public.  Hofstra University once again hosted us in the David S. Mack Hall in the University Club. See below for photos from this wonderful event ...


Endangered Species Day

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

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

Youth Art Art contest for grades K-12
Entrants created an original drawing/painting of one endangered species on an 8 ½ by 11 piece of paper and it was displayed and judged by attendees.  Prizes were awarded in each grade group (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and High School). 

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.
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.




3:30 PM
September 5 and 19, October 10 and 24, November 7. Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers

Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Weather permitting)
September 6 and 20, October 11 and 25, November 8. Bring gloves,rakes and clippers

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