Friends of Rogers (F.O.R) is a non-profit organization composed of dedicated supporters of Rogers Environmental Education Center. Rogers was a fully funded state operated education center for approximately fifty years; from the late 1960′s-2010. The Center was closed on December 31, 2010 after a reduction in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staffing and budgets. In April of 2011 after statewide budget cuts were implemented, the Friends of Rogers signed a Use and Occupancy Agreement with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. This agreement authorizes the Friends of Rogers to continue their environmental and educational mission by continuing annual community events such as Earth Fest, Winter Living Celebration and Animals of Halloween. The agreement allows Rogers to stay open to the public and gives Friends of Rogers the ability to continue to offer environmental and educational public programs, display a rich collection of NYS birds, provide interpretive exhibits, and maintain the many trails and trout ponds without state funds. The Rogers Environmental Education Center encompasses 600 acres of New York State owned property.
Rogers Center serves a broad geographic area, attracting regular visitors from Chenango, Madison, Cortland, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, and Delaware counties. Rogers offers programming and events for the general public with an emphasis on the environment and our place in it. The Friends of Rogers goal is to offer programs for a wide variety of audiences including children, teens, seniors, professionals, and families. We vary our lecture topics and recreational/educational programs to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. We have developed more diverse children’s programs, including day camp events and a Kids Club Passport program to encourage children to spend time exploring the outdoors. Friends of Rogers encourages the community to get involved by becoming a member, volunteering or simply donating to help Rogers Environmental Education Center succeed.
The mission of the Friends of Rogers is to provide outstanding educational
opportunities that excite, inspire, and motivate people of all ages to
enjoy, understand, and protect our natural environment.
Board of Directors
President – Sharon Pelosi
Vice President – Adam Schoonmaker, Ph.D
Secretary – Carol Smith
Treasurer – Sue Reymers
Paul Buckingham, Ph.D.
Janet Laura Myers
Fred von Mechow
Executive Director – Simon Solomon
Environmental Educator – Sarah Freedman
Naturalist Intern – Alex Bowie
Read more about Rogers Center History here.