Earth Fest 2011

Friends of Rogers Announces Its First Public Event at Rogers Center

Earth Fest 2011

Friends of Rogers (FOR), a not-for-profit group in Sherburne, invites the public to attend Earth Fest 2011 on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 4:00 PM at Rogers Environmental Education Center. It will be a day of fun activities and participants can learn many ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

With something for the whole family, visitors can try their hand at kayaking or canoeing on the Cunningham Ice Pond, learn how to tie flies and cast them, see how to keep bees, make a cement bird bath, build a bluebird box, and learn about recycling and saving energy. Investigate solar and geothermal energy systems for your home along with many simple ways to save money and energy while improving the health of the planet.

There will be artists and woodworkers sharing their love of the natural world through their artwork. Exhibitors will share information on butterflies, gardening, fishing, hiking, astronomy, farming, hunting, birding, composting and geocaching. You can build a bluebird box to take home for $10. Wildlife rehabilitator Dee Strnisa will share her wealth of knowledge about a variety of reptiles and amphibians, and there will opportunities to hold some of the animals.

Scheduled Events:

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm – Kayak and Canoe Try Outs and Free Tree and Shrub Giveaway
12:00 noon – Welcome and Meet the Friends of Rogers Board
12:30 pm – Make a Cement Bird Bath
12:30 pm – Fly Casting Demo
1:30 pm – Reptiles and Amphibians with Wildlife Rehabilitator Dee Strnisa
2:30 pm – Toad House Building

Food for sale will include wraps from Garf’s Deli in Norwich, Gilligans Island Fare, and Evans Yogurt.

This is FOR’s first public event since the state closed the Rogers Visitor Center on December 31, 2010, and funding for five education staff positions was eliminated. Under an agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation, Friends of Rogers will conduct programs and educational events at the Center. Earth Fest is the first of many upcoming activities to be held at Rogers and sponsored by FOR.

Friends of Rogers (FOR) will be surveying visitors to learn what they would like to see happen at Rogers Center in the future and to enlist volunteers to help create it.

Download poster attached below to print and post in your area. Thanks!

| Attachments: EarthFestPoster2011.pdf

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