What is CPF?

The Council of Park Friends (CPF) helps maintain, preserve, and interpret the exquisite natural settings of the State Parks of central New York. Begun in 1980, CPF was organized to promote appreciation of the Parks as educational resources. Among the early trail blazers was Mildred Faust whose botany course at Syracuse University used Clark Reservation State Park as a classroom. She is honored today by a kiosk at Clark provided with the support of CPF. 

 CPF operates the Nature Center at Clark Reservation. Our Naturalists offer programming on the botany, geology, and wildlife of the park through a series of scheduled events. Special requests by school groups, seniors, youth and those with special needs are met as well. The core function of CPF is nature education. We partner with like-minded groups dedicated to preserving the natural environment and informing the public on environmental issues. Our newsletter, the Polypodium is published twice-yearly and sent to all CPF members.  


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Upcoming Events

Ecological Detectives

The wildlife of Clark Reservation State Park can often be hard to see, especially during the day, but there is evidence of them if you know where to look! Join Council of Park Friends Naturalist Whitney Marshall for a walk through the upland forest to search for clues as to what lives throughout the park. This walk is designed for all age groups and will tour easy-moderate trails for around 2 hours. This program is free with admission to the park ($5 per car on weekends).

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An Introduction to Clark Reservation

New to the area or feeling like the summer is almost over and you haven’t gotten out to Clark Reservation State Park yet? This hike is designed for new visitors to the park (or those who have been here many times but want to learn more!) and will highlight Glacier Lake, our forests, and the history of the park. All ages are welcome, but wear sturdy footwear! We will be taking the stairs down to the lake loop as part of our naturalist-guided tour. This program is free with admission to the park ($5 per car on weekends).

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News and Highlights

First Day Hike

Baby its cold outside! But that didn’t stop the 360 visitors to Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville this New Year’s Day. 2015 marks the fourth year the New York State Park system has sponsored walks at over 20 parks and this year saw the addition of free fleece hats and commemorative stickers for participants who pre-registered with their park.

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