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.  

 


Upcoming Events


Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

Come out to Clark Reservation to learn about the edible and medicinal properties of plants in the Central New York region! Through the program you will also be able to learn about the native cultures that once thrived on these plants.

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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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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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Signs of Spring

How can you tell that winter is almost over and spring is on its way? This hour long guided hike will lead us through different ecosystems and allow us to discuss the multiple answers to this question. We will focus on different adaptations that we can see, and some that we cannot see, with plants and animals during this transitional period between winter and spring. Many of these adaptations are shared between species, while others are very unique.

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Signs of Spring

Spring is around the corner!  Come join us at Clark Reservation to search for signs of spring.  We will guide you on a quest through the park for signs of emerging life.  You will be provided with materials to create your own nature journal so you can carry this experience with you.  With your new observation tools, you can explore independently and then share your findings with the group.  Bring your family and friends! This program is great for all ages. 

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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.

Join this event

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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I Love My Park Day

Parks & Trails New York organizes I Love My Park Day, in partnership with OPRHP, to celebrate, improve and enhance state parks and historic sites; boost volunteerism; and raise the visibility of the entire state parks system and its needs.

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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.

Join this event

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.

Join this event

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.

Join this event

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.

Join this event

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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