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About Camp Zerbe

The Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe is owned by Oswego County and is operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, division of Parks and Recreation.

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The nature park consists of the former Camp Zerbe facility purchased from the Syracuse Boys' Club in 1991, and adjacent county reforestation lands.

The park is named after Frederick K. Zerbe, former superintendent of the Syracuse Boys' Club. The facility was operated as a recreational camp by the Syracuse Boys' Club for many years.

Educational displays about the area's geology and birds, plants and animals are found in the William H. Britton Nature Interpretive Center.

The center is named for the late county legislator from Williamstown. Legislator Britton served on the original Camp Zerbe planning committee and on the Legislature's Community Development and Planning Committee. He envisioned the development of Camp Zerbe and youth programs.

The Patrick "Paco" Malone Meeting Center, an enclosed shelter with a stone fireplace and rustic furniture, is available for use by community groups and youth programs. Picnic area and a pavilion are also available.

The late Legislator Malone, from Oswego, was a strong advocate for the development of the nature park property as an educational and recreational resource for the citizens of Oswego County.


Questions about Camp Zerbe or need to make a reservation?
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Oswego City-County Youth Bureau/Parks and Recreation
70 Bunner St. Oswego, NY 13126 315-349-3451