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

Fall Foliage Hike

October is one of the most stunning seasons at Clark Reservation. Join us on a naturalist-guided nature hike starting with the view overlooking the basin of Glacier Lake then getting a close up look at the colors of autumn along the Lake Loop and Cliff Trails. This program is free and provided by the Council of Park Friends.

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Go Nuts!

Many tree species at Clark Reservation provide important food sources for wildlife through the production of seeds and nuts. Join us for a hike along the Big Buck and Long Trails to explore our forest food webs with an eye to how our wildlife prepares for the Syracuse winter. This program is free and provided by the Council of Park Friends.

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Ecological Explorers

As the seasons are changing, so are the habits of birds and animals at Clark Reservation. Come be an explorer this Columbus Day along the trails on a naturalist-guided hike looking for clues of what lives in the park and how they are preparing for the fall – what do you think we’ll find? This program is free and provided by the Council of Park Friends - All ages welcome!

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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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