Recent Articles & Publications (2022)

The Last of the Hempstead Plains - The Long Island History Project Podcast

Precious Oasis ASLA Blog - CeCeHaydock

Articles & Publications (2020/2021)

Taking a closer look at our Federally Endangered Plants

The Earth Issue

Icarus Magazine


Meadowlark: The Newsletter of Friends of Hempstead Plains


Meadowlark: Autumn, 2020.  Vol. 19, No. 1.

Meadowlark: Summer 2019.  Vol. 18, No. 1.

Meadowlark: Summer 2018.  Vol. 17, No. 2.

Meadowlark: Winter 2018.  Vol. 17, No. 1.

Meadowlark: Winter 2017.  Vol. 16, No. 1.

Meadowlark: Summer 2016.  Vol. 15, No.2.

Meadowlark: Spring 2016.  Vol. 15, No.1.


Botanical Survey - NY Natural Heritage Program 



Archived Links

Concept Mapping With Yeahs and Boos Graph Labels (Print on Single Page 8.5 x 11 Label and cut into pieces)

Concept Mapping With Yeahs and Boos Key Words (Print Labels - 20 labels per page in two columns)



Office of the Engineer Part One

Office of the Engineer Part Two

Recipes of Historic Long Island Part One

Recipes of Historic Long Island Part Two

Recipes of Historic Long Island Part Three

Nassau County Historical Journal, Cover Pages, 1984

Nassau County Historical Journal, Jericho, 1984

Nassau County Historical Journal, Hempstead Plains, 1984

Nassau County Historical Journal, Pastoral Period, 1984


Aero Digest 1932




Bibliography List:

Barbara Reiher-Meyers, 2007 Anthology of Poetry, a Compilation of Poems from Poetry Workshops at the Hempstead Plains.

Cain, Stanley A., Mary Nelson, and Walter McLean, 1937, Andropogonetum Hempsteadi: a Long Island Grassland Vegetation Type, The American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 18, No. 3, May, pp 334-350.

Conrad, H. S., 1935, The Plant Association of Central Long Island, Amer. Mid. Nat. 16:343, pp. 481-487.

DeWan, George; 1998, The Prairie that Was; Newsday’s Long Island: Our Story, p. 11.

deCaprariis-Salerno, 2011, Violet Visits the Hemjpstead Plains, illustrated by Harriet Carotenuto, Garden City Printers, New York.

Ferguson, W.C., 1925, Contributions to the Flora of L.I., Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, 52: pp. 133-136.

Gibbs, Alonzo, 1968, The Fields Breathe Sweet, Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co., Inc.; New York.

Gulotta, Betsy, 2008, Island Prairie, Plants and Animals of the Hempstead Plains, Long Island, New York, illustrated by Harriet Carotenuto

Harper, R. M., 1911, HempsteadPlains: A Natural Prairie on Long Island, Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Vol. 43, No. 5pp. 351 - 360.

Harper, R. M., 1912, The Hempstead Plains of Long Island, Torreya. 12: pp. 227-228. 

Harper, R.M., 1918, The Vegetation of the Hempstead Plains, Memoirs Torrey Bot. Club. 18: pp. 362 -386.

Haydock, CeCe, LEED AP, 2016. Set Your SITES; What to Know about the new Rating System, The Construction Specifier, October, pp. 40-45. 

Hicks, Henry, 1892, The Flora of the Hempstead Plains, Long Island; unpublished thesis prepared for degree of B.S. in Agriculture, Cornell University. 

Knobel, Edward, 1977, Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United States, Dover Publication, New York.

McManus, Arthur T., 1968, The Hempstead Plains – A Vanishing Heritage.

Harper, R.W.; The Vegetation of the Hempstead Plains, Bulletin Torrey Botanical Club, 17; 1918; pp 262-286.

Neidich, Carole, 1988, The Hempstead Plains and the Birdfoot Violet, Long Island Forum, Spring, pp 54-62.

Newcomb, Lawrence, 1977, Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, New York.

Packard, Stephen and Cornelia Mutel, eds. 1997, .The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands, Island Press, Washington DC. 

Peterson, Roger Tory, 1980, Eastern Birds, A Field Guide to the Birds, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Peterson, Roger Tory and Margaret McKenny, 1968, A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central America, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. 

Svenson, H. K., 1939, The Early Vegetation of Long Island, Brooklyn Bot. Gar. Rec., 25 (3); pp. 10-13.

Seyfert, Wayne G., 1973, A Study of the Hempstead Plains. Long Island, New York, and its Vascular Flora; unpublished Master’s Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate Studies Program of C.W. Post College of Long Island University. 

Smith, S.J., 1965, Checklist of the Grasses of New York State, New York Sate Museum and Science Service Bulletin 403. 

Soil Survey of Nassau County, New York, 1987, United States Department of Agriculture and Soil Conservation Service.

Stalter, Richard and Lamont, Eric E.,1987, Vegetation of Hempstead Plains, Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York; Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 114(3), pp 330-335.

VanWie, Paul, 2008, The Hempstead Plains Heritage Trail, a Journey through 350 years of American History, Franklin Square Historical Society.

Educational Videos: 

America’s Prairie: Where the Sky Began, 2001, Films for the Humanities. 
Grassland Environments: Animals in the Grasslands, 2001, Films for the Humanities, 
Grassland Environments: Fire and its Effects, 2001, Films for the Humanities. 
History along the Turnpike; Levittown, 2004, Richard Altomonte, History Films, L.I.
Hempstead Plains; Documentary of the history and management by Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College: 2006, Richard Altomonte, History Films, L.I., in preparation.



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Cypress Spurge

Common Invasive Species

Guide to Controlling Invasive SpeciesO

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New York Times, 2003.

Off-Grid Classroom Blends Into The Last Of Long Island's Prairie 

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