Our Story: Friends of Rogers (F.O.R) is a nonprofit 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.
The local community and those deeply connected to Rogers Center refused to let state budget cuts shut down their prized nature center, so in April of 2011 after statewide cuts were implemented, the Friends of Rogers signed a Use and Occupancy Agreement with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. This agreement allows us to carry on our environmental and educational mission by continuing annual community events such as Earth Fest, Winter Living Celebration, and Animals of Halloween.
Rogers Center continues 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.
Each year our educational and outreach programs grow significantly from the year before. In addition to our main events at the center, we visit schools in Chenango and neighboring counties, present educational workshops, host monthly family fun programs, run weekly story time readings, have our Adventure Camp series, and much more. By looking for new ways to engage our community and local businesses, we are able to weave our programs into everyday activities and remind our community that nature touches every aspect of our lives and well-being. We want to impart on our visitors the importance of environmental stewardship and the empower them to create a healthier planet.
Rogers Center is much more than a nature center and trails, it’s a space of natural beauty that has grown from the love and support of its community. We support local businesses, events, and programs because we know that making the world a better place starts at home. Our mission is to provide outstanding education opportunities for all people to enjoy and to inspire them to protect our natural world. Here at Rogers Center, we hope to help our community find their niche, their role in the greater ecosystem. Every action matters, just like every dollar counts. Support Rogers Center as we continue to strive to enjoy, understand, and protect our natural spaces.