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

Fantastic Ferns with Mike!

The geology at Clark Reservation creates unique habitat for many speices, including ferns! Mike Serviss, an employee for the park and an American Hart's Tongue Fern expert, will take you on a guided hike to take a look at some of these ferns. He will also talk about his own microclimate research being conducted within the park!
This event is free with admission to the park ($5/car). Meet at the nature center.

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Herp Search

Clark Reservation is home to several different groups of herpetofauna, which includes amphibians and reptiles. This naturalist guided hike will entail going around the lake loop so be sure to wear sturdy shoes!
This event is free with admission to the park ($5/car), meet at the nature center.

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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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