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

The Tiny World Of Mosses

Join in this fun educational event where we will explore mosses and their unique adaptations in nature. This will be a fun interactive event and we will identify a few major divisions of mosses.

A short and easy hike will be involved this event will be fun for kids as well as adults

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Snakes, Insects And Creepy Crawlers

Join Jeffrey the naturalist on a hike down the stairs to the lake trail where we will seek out and attempt to identify any snakes, salamanders and insects that we find.

Hike difficulty: 200 stairs down and up to the lake

Required materials: water, proper footwear

Recommended: Bug Spray

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FREE! Calisthenics At Clark Reservation With Patrick DiBello

This all level class will combine yoga and calisthenics to develop strength, flexibility, and mobility using exercises that can be modified or progressed as needed. You will use your own bodyweight to develop beneficial core strength as well as more range of motion through joints and muscles. This class is good for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Come join the fun and learn how to use your own body as an exercise machine.

About the instructor:
Patrick DiBello considers himself a student of movement, and he explores yoga, calisthenics, and partner acrobatics as his primary methods of training. His personal training certification and food and nutrition specialist certification are through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Patrick is an Elite Coach with the World Calisthenics Organization and competes at Battle of the Bars, a freestyle calisthenics competition where participants compete and display strength using only their bodyweight.

Patrick has been a student and teacher of body weight movement for five years and is passionate about helping people start and grow their journey to increased functional movement. He is also a yoga instructor at Syracuse Yoga.

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Rocky Trails Hike

Join the naturalist Jeffrey on a hike over all of the most rocky trails in the park! Table rock, cliff, pulpit and lake trails! This somewhat strenuous hike will take us through the old forest and we will be able to learn some geology of the park as we go. There are also many fossils we may find(but not take) on this hike.

This hike is not recommended for children or those who are not comfterable with steep rocky terrain.

Required materials: proper footwear, water

Recommended: bug spray

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Fantastic Ferns

Join us for a moderate hike led by Mike Serviss, Conservation Project Coordinator for Central New York State Parks. Please wear appropriate footwear. $5.00 entry fee to park, no additional charge for hike.

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Help! Remove Invasive Swallowort

Help to preserve the native plants and animals in our parks by removing the invasive plant swallowort. We will travel a short way up the cliff trail to a site where there are some invasives. You will learn proper removal and identification of the plant and other information about how it spreads and why it is such a nuissance.

This event is easy to do and fun for anyone over the age of 6

Meet at the Nature center by Noon

Materials needed: proper footwear and long pants to protect from poison ivy etc.

Materials suggested: small spade and gloves

Materials provided: some spades and gloves and bags for proper removal

You may call yourself a park defender after completion

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Dragon And Damselfly Catching By The Lake

Lets go catch dragonflies and damselflies down by the lake! There is a huge diversity of these insects that can be found here at Clark Reservation. We can learn about the differences and life cycles of these fascinating creatures.

Provided materials: Nets

Required: water, proper footwear

Recommended: bug spray

This event involves climbing the 200 step staircase. We may take our time going down and up this if need be.

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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!

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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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