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

Guided Moonlight Hike

• What we'll do
Join us for a guided snowshoe hike under the bright full moon. Experience the park when it is at its most peaceful, a special treat few have the chance to enjoy! Bring your own or call Park Office to reserve snowshoes.
Dress warmly, the temperature drops quickly when it gets dark.
Bring a small flashlight, but keep it in your pocket. We want to take advantage of the bright moonlight!
Meet at the parking lot.

If there is less than 6 inches of snow, this will be a hike instead.

To register for this free program, or if you have questions,
please contact the park office at 315-492-1756.

• What to bring

• Important to know

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News and Highlights

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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