About The Plains
About The Hempstead Plains
The Hempstead Plains is the last remnant of native prairie grassland that
|Map courtesy Carole Ryder|
once covered 40,000 acres of central Nassau County. Today, as a result of commercial development only a few acres remain. The site is considered highly ecologically and historically significant. The Hempstead Plains supports populations of federally endangered and globally rare plants among its 250 different kinds of vegetation as well as several plant species that are now considered rare in New York State. It represents one of the most rapidly vanishing habitats in the world, along with scores of birds, butterflies, and other animals that are vanishing with it.
Historically, the Hempstead Plains served as the "Cradle of Aviation"
...home to several early airplane flight endeavors, including Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis' historic non-stop flight to France.
Without proper protection and management, the Hempstead Plains would soon be overrun by brush and non-native weeds, scarred by mountain bike trails and littered with trash. It would become an eyesore to the surrounding community.
Located on the campus of Nassau Community College, the Hempstead Plains is a perfect outdoor classroom and living laboratory available to faculty and students at NCC and other educational institutions. The opportunity to study rare species in their natural habitat and conduct stewardship activities to bolster them is invaluable. In addition, it provides an opportunity for meaningful community involvement in its restoration and management programs.
UPCOMING EVENTS: SPRING 2017
FRIDAY AFTERNOON WALKS AT THE HEMPSTEAD PLAINS
April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16, July 7. Bring your camera, binoculars and sneakers.
WEEKEND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY WORKDAYS
Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17, July 8. Bring gloves, rakes and clippers. Call to schedule additional workdays.