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


go to this program on trees and climate change

NORTHERN FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE Wednesday May 27 7:30 pm University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee st. Syracuse, NY . How will climate change affect our forests and ecosystems? Syracuse University environmental engineering professor, Charles Driscoll, will summarize his research to assess past climate- change and project future climate-change impacts. His work is based at the US Forest Service Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, a member of the National Science Foundation Network. Information : 492-4745 and newyork.sierrclub.org/iroquois Free and open to all.

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Morning Bird Walk

The birds are singing at Clark Reservation! Join Environmental Educator Katie Mulverhill on a morning bird walk along the Mildred Faust and connecting tails. These are relatively flat trails, some of the easiest at the park. Who knows what great birds we will find! Remember your binoculars.

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How Clark Reservation was Formed

Join Dr. Bryce Hand as he reveals the secrets of Clark Reservation's tumultuous past. Look for evidence of past life as well as clues to how the park's unique landscape was formed.

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

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Tree Identification Walk with Don Leopold and CPF Annual Meeting

This tradition has been a highlight at Clark Reservation for years! Join Dr. Don Leopold as he introduces us to the many trees and plants found here at Clark Reservation. We may even spot a rare plant or two along the way!

After the hike join the Council of Park Friends for some refreshments. Members of the group are encouraged to stay for the annual meeting as well.

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

Naturalist Position in Clark Reservation State Park

One naturalist position is currently available with the Council of Park Friends and Natural Heritage Trust in Clark Reservation State Park to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, and Columbus Day weekend, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Three additional days are included during the summer for special events or programs.

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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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