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


NatureArt in the Park

Come create masterpieces as we journey through the cultural history behind nature inspired art. We will collect supplies from around the park and will use paints, so please dress appropriately! This is a free event open to the public. Best for ages 6 and up.

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Creating a Backyard Habitat with Native Plants

Discover the beauty of native plants in
Central New York and learn how you can
create a backyard habitat by incorporating
local flora in your home garden.

About the Speaker:
Angela Weiler maintains the Native Plant Garden at Clark Reservation in Jamesville and is a Master Gardener through the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.

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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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