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

Exploring the Lake Loop

Glacier Lake is a meromictic lake: an incredibly unique and interesting ecosystem at Clark Reservation State Park. Join us to walk the lake loop, discussing what makes this lake so different from the other lakes in the Central New York Region and keeping an eye out for resident wildlife. This hike will depart from the Nature Center, going down the stone steps to the Lake Trail, and returning via the Cliff Trail (approximately 2 hours). These trails are considered moderate-difficult and require sturdy footwear. This program is free with admission to the park ($5 per car on weekends).

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Nature Hike: the Mildred Faust Trail

Celebrate the legacy of renowned botanist Mildred Faust by exploring her namesake trail at Clark Reservation State Park. Join Council of Park Friends Naturalist Whitney Marshall to explore the forest along this 1-mile trail keeping an eye (and ear) out for birds and discussing what the plants tell us about the history of the park. This program is free with admission to the park ($5 per car on weekends) and will last about an hour.

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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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