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

Barefoot Bob!

There will be a 1st quarter moon low in the sky that will set and leave the skies dark for the later half of the program. Mercury, which we hardly ever see, is at its best viewing for the summer. We will also have good views of Jupiter, Saturn. This is the time to see the summer skies at their finest, as we look directly into the heart of the Milky Way.
This event is free so we hope to see you there Friday night! Meet at the small pavilion!

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Exploring with Lauren

Explore the park with CPF naturalist, Lauren! Lauren enjoys walking the lake loop to find frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and insects so be sure to wear sturdy shoes (and to walk down the stairs). She will surely surprise you with her wealth of knowledge on the critters that inhabit the lake, so don't miss this!
This event is free with admission to the park ($5/car). Meet at the Nature Center

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Leaf Hunt Relay

Lets learn about the trees at Clark Reservation through a fun relay game! This game will challenge your memory, but you'll remember those trees forever once this game is over!
This event is free with admission to the park ($5/car). Meet at the nature center!

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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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