Join Jenni Larchar as she leads young children and their grownups in songs, stories, and a hike on the trails at Rogers Center every Wednesday.
Program takes place rain, shine, or snow, so come dressed for the weather.
Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike with new friends.
Every third Saturday of the month at 10:30 am, join Friends of Rogers to experience hands-on learning about the natural environment. Led by a specially trained educator, popular programs have included For Goodness, Snakes!, Grow Friends, Kitchen Science, Lazy Planters, Make your Own Bird House, Night Stalkers, Pond Ecology, Running A-Fowl, Skull Science, Upcycled T- Shirt, and What’s Bugging You?
While this program is free & open to the public, donations are appreciated to support future operations.
Wild Goose Chase
Saturday, September 16 at 10 am
FREE t-shirt for those who pre-register by August 31, 2017!
The Artist as Naturalist – Magical Mandala Moments
Saturday, September 23 at 10 am
Explore differences between temporary and permanent art installations, use of the natural landscape, and the philosophy of Andy Goldsworthy while designing mandalas. Creation of these unique pieces embodies reflection, and personal arrangement of images that can be symbolic in nature. Building either directly on the ground or on a flat surface for preservation, with time for design experimentation and reflection with a focus on mindful creation. In keeping with the philosophy of mandalas, larger temporary pieces will be left to return to nature. Others who wish to create permanent mandalas will be guided in methods to do so. (Recommended for ages 13 and older. All materials included.) Members – $10/person Not-Yet-Members – $12/person Pre-registration required by noon on September 22.
Saturday, September 30 at noon
Learn to create beautiful prints on fabric using flowers, leaves, roots, and bark through a simple steaming process as well as Hapa Zome – “flower pounding.” Class begins with an hour foraging around Rogers Center to identify native plants used in transferring pigment to cloth – many of which can be found in your own backyard! Dried summer flowers from “dye gardens” may also be used to add flourish. An overview of mordants and modifiers will include an explanation of why they are necessary for bonding images on cloth and color enhancements. Participants should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants; aprons and “non-precious” clothing are suggested in case of staining. All materials included, including a take-home fabric bag. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Members – $15 Not-Yet-Members – $18 Pre-registration is required no later than September 22.
9-Mile Swamp Paddle
Saturday, October 7 at 9 am
Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants under 14 must be experienced to ride in a kayak.
Registration fee is priced per boat.
With your own boat:
$15 members/ $20 not-yet-member
Kayak: $25 members/$30 not-yet-member
Canoe: $30 members/ $35 not-yet-member
Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday, October 6.
Saturday, October 14 at 10 am
Join the Mid-York Mycological Society for fun with fungi! Conditions permitting, we will walk along the trails of Rogers Center to find wild specimens in their native habitats. The morning may also include a presentation on mushroom identification and their role in agriculture, industry, medicine, and nature. Dress for the weather and bring any recently-collected mushrooms you would like help identifying.
Members – $2 Not-Yet-Members – $3
Pre-registration is suggested.
Animals of Halloweem
Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 pm
Thanks to Stewart’s Shops, delicious treats will be available for purchase, and Friends of Rogers will be selling campfire s’mores for roasting.
While there is no charge for this program, contributions are encouraged to support future operations.