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 Clark Chronicle is published twice-yearly and sent to all CPF members.  


  • Nature Center

Upcoming Events

Yoga in the Park

Join us for gentle yoga along with alchemy singing bowls. Allow time to park, drink water, bring yoga mat or blanket. Meet at the nature center, no children under 12 unless with an adult. Raindate of August August 26th. Freewill offering.

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Who let the dogs out?!?! Woof woof woof!

Bring out all the pups to socialize and play in the fields and trails around the nature center!

FREE Ice Cream Cups
donated by Byrne Dairy


Harley’s Barkery

Recycle-A-Bull Bully Breed Rescue

Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter

Helping Hounds Rescue

Cuse Pet Crew

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News and Highlights

The Clark Chronicle~July 2018

Meet our 2018 Naturalist, Jeffrey Capomaccio, in this summer issue of the Clark Chronicle! You'll also find a list of his planned events.

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First Day Hike 2018

This year we had a first for First Day Hike-we had to postpone it! The temperature was predicted to be below zero with the windchill factor.

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October 2017 Clark Chronicle

Including articles about a Historical find in Oswego, The Fern Crew, Camp Groups, Fall Activities, our Monarch Waystation, and more!

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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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