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

First Day of Winter Hike at Clark Reservation

Join us on a hike to celebrate the beauty of nature on the first day of winter. Hope for an early snowfall so we can use snowshoes, otherwise warm winter boots will do!

Registration required to reserve snowshoes. Meet at the Nature Center.

Register/questions?- call Katie @ 315-492-1756

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First Day Hike

We are gearing up for the fourth year of First Day Hikes, a New Year’s Day tradition celebrated in state parks nationwide. This program offers a great way to connect new and regular visitors with the outdoors, promotes year-round recreation and healthy outdoor lifestyles, and provides a unique way of welcoming the New Year with friends and family.

Aproximate walk distance: one mile
Level of difficulty: easy

Children must be with adult. Friendly dogs on leash welcome.

Pre-registration is required to receive free fleece hats and First Day Hike pins or stickers!

Registered participants will receive a fleece hat and commemorative pin on a first come, first serve basis; while supplies last)

You can Pre-register at http://councilofparkfriends.org/pages/First%20Day%20Hike

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Moonlight Snowshoe Hike

Join us for a guided hike under the bright full moon. Experience the park when it is at its most peaceful, a special treat few have the chance to enjoy!
Registration required to reserve snowshoes.

Meet at the Nature Center.

Questions? Call Katie @ 315-492-1756!

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Mysterious Mammals

Ever wonder what mammals are doing over the long winter months? Learn how to read the clues they leave behind to uncover their secret lives. If there is enough snow (at least 6 inches) we will use snowshoes for this winter trek. Otherwise warm winter boots will do. Dress to be outdoors for this fun winter outing!

Meet at the Nature Center. Registration required to reserve snowshoes (315-492-1756).

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