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


Clark Reservation Adventure Hike

A perfect beginner's hike. Explore the entire park with the Council of Park Friends Naturalist, Jessica. She will take you on a thorough hiking tour of the park with stops along the way for wildlife and beautiful views. Pack a lunch because this will take a couple hours! This program is free with admission to the park ($4 per car on weekends).

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Solar Observing with Barefoot Bob

Explore the secrets of the sun with Barefoot Bob! Bob has all the equipment needed to view the sun safely, so don't miss out on this rare opportunity to look at the sun! Remember, you only get one pair of eyes, so treat them right.

Rain Date July 19

This program is free with admission to the park ($4 per car on weekends).

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Wild Flower Walk

Join Kate Woodle as she searches the park for hidden treasure. Wildflowers are often overlooked, but they are some of the most beautiful gems we have. Take a moment to stop and smell the roses, er, wildflowers!

This program is free with admission to the park ($4 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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