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December 30th

We are pleased to announce the dates for a new winter lectures serires: Our Upland Story. 

December 17th

We are seeking nominations for our 2015 Conservation Awards.  Categories include Commercial, Residential, and Community projects.  Please email your nominations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

November 26th

Thanks to all the families and friends who turned out for our inaugural Thanksgiving fun run/walk on the Gorge Trail.

Over 100 people competed for the title of Average Turkey in a variety of categories, including: Serious Runner, Out-of-Towner, and Lollygagger. Others chose to dress up for a chance at Best Costume.

Miss the Turkey Trot? Stay tuned for a whole new set of events coming in 2016!

Email Kate O'Connor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to join our E-New mailing list so you don't miss out.

Turkey Trot - Join us Thanksgiving Morning on the Gorge Trail for a 5k fun run/walk before you eat. 

Walk Among the Spirits II - Meet the ghosts of Evergreen Cemetery.

Trees: Shade and Much More - Join CPF, the Village Tree Commission and professor Emmanual Carter from SUNY-ESF's Landscape Architecture Program for an evening's discussion on goals and strategies for maintaining tree cover in the Village.

Carpenter's Pond Clean-Up - Saturday August 26th.  Click on our event page for more info.


Almost 100 people kept band Johnny and Jump-Ups busy fiddling at our Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.  Caller David Smuckler led everyone through a variety of cirlce, contra and square dances during the evening, and made sure everyone had fun. 

A special thanks to Paul and Cynthia Curtin for hosting in their beautifully restored 19th century barn. 

Thanks to all who attended!



Interested in volunteering with us?  Check out our volunteer section above to read our new list of opportunities.

August 6th - Tree Care with the Pros - Join us at the Willow Patch while our friends from Bartlett Tree Experts provide simple tips to create inviting outdoor spaces.   Learn more.


Open Farm Day Volunteers needed Saturday, July 25th.  CPF will have tables at Creekside Meadows Farm in New Woodstock and Greyrock Farm from 10am to 4pm.  Come spend part of the day with us, passing out event flyers, trail info and spreading the word about CPF!  To volunteer, please contact Kate O'Connor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

**Change of venue**  For those planning to attend our Morning Birds walk with John Pumilio on July 18th at 7:30am, we will meet at the Fairchild Hill trailhead.  Please park in the designated area and check out our Facebook page for more updates. 

Stay informed on upcoming events and the latest CPF accomplishments with our E-News 1-2 times per month.  To receive the Enews, send your email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Explore the Secret Garden Pond at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park this saturday with naturalist Amy Kochem.  10 am to noon  June 6.  Kid and adult-friendly.

Monarchs, Milkweeds and Pollinator Gardens

The CPF pollinator garden at 15 Willow Place in the village of Cazenovia now has perennials added with thanks to the Cazenovia Garden Club.  Additional planting took place saturday and sunday, and over a dozen cterpillars were lunching on the plantain.

.  The very first of this summer's monarch butterflies have been sighted in our area.  There is hope for a successful year of population growth for this repidly declining species. CPF has teamed up with the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to offer an interactive website for the polsitn of local sightings of milkwee and monarch caterpillars and butterflies.  Go to to post your own observations or keep track of our local populations.


Willow Festival April 25, 2015

The Willow Patch will be the site of a celebration of unique ecology, art and recreation on saturday, April 25 form 10 to noon.  Originally the path and floodplain for chittenango Creek as it passed through Cazenovia Village, the Willow Patch is found off Mill St. one block of the village center.

At the festival there will be demonstrations on how to use the willow to make a wattle fence, a garden arbor, and a sweat lodge!  Children (and adventurous adults!) can climb into the oversize willow basket and join author and basketmaker Elizabeth Schoonmaker for story time.  Explore the paths through the Willow Patch and learn about the history and the ecology.

The event is free and open to the public.  See you there! 


March 25, 2015

Each year CPF honors the buldings, landscapes and people that have made a significant contribution to the character of the Greater Cazenovia area in the previous 12 months. The awards will be presented at our Annual Meeting on May 21st.  CPF is accepting nominations for this year's awards.  Information on awards categories, criteria and nomination submission can be found under the About / Annual Meeting tab, above.

February 18, 2015

Evening adventures by starlight and snowlight!  Join us for these two free programs.

Owl Prowl     Saturday, Feb. 28   6:30 - 8 pm.  From the New Woodstock Lumber parking area, Railroad Ave., New Woodstock, we will be guided by environmental educator Fred von Mechow in search of winter owls.  Skis or snowshoes.

Full Moon Jaunt     Thursday, March 5   7-8 pm.   Ski or snowshoe on CPF trails through the woods and fields.  Meet in CPF parking area on Burlingame Road one mile west of Route 13.  Dress warmly and come even if cloudy.  You'll be surprised how much we can see!


February 12, 2015

Parking for the Fairchild Hill trail is in jeopardy! It is important that trail users park in the back right corner of the plowed area behind the brown building at the south end of Cazenovia Lake. You should be behind the CPF Trail sign.  Tractor trailers need to be able to turn around behind the building 24/7. If there are already 3 cars there, please use the State parking area across Route 20. The building owners have generously provided this parking space on their property - please respect the privelege.  Contact CPF if you have any questions.  Thanks.


February 3, 2015

This coming Saturday, February 7, join CPF for a Wagon Ride Into History.  Hear stories of people and places in 18th and 19th century Cazenovia  accompanied by the clip clop of your horse-drawn wagon.  This guided tour will celebrate history as you stop to hang a plaque showing the original construction date and owner on several of the older houses.  The  wagon will load at Common Grounds at 1 pm.

Want to learn your house's history? Read more about CPF's Historic House Sign Initiative on this website under the Conserve/Preserve tab, above.


November 18, 2014

Tonight, 7 pm at the Cazenovia Library, Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, will present "The Science of Shale Gas / Oil Drilling".  This is a great chance to update ourselves on recent information about hydrofracking and oil and gas extraction.


October 22, 2014   Historic Structures Committee

     Information on the Historic Structures Committee that is forming and a copy of CPF's Letter to the Editor can be found on our Conserve/Preserve page, above.