Programs and Events

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Story Time and Hike
Every Wednesday at 10am

Friends of Rogers invite you and your toddler to our Story Time and Hike. Songs and stories start off this fun family program followed by a short hike on the trails. Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike with your new found friends.





Moonlit Hike and Owl Prowl
Saturday, January 30th 6pm

This adventure begins after the sun sets, providing a unique opportunity to view nature from a new perspective, guided only by the light of the moon. On this adventure we will attempt to call out some of the owls know to frequent the area during this time of night.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged at $4 for members or $6 for not-yet-members


Family Fun Program: Snowshoe sponsored by Clyde’s Little Red Barn
Saturday, February 6th 10:30am

Snowshoeing is the perfect opportunity to get up and get moving snowshoesoutside during the winter. Friend of Rogers is offering free snowshoe rentals during this program. This special edition family fun program is possible due to the generosity of Clyde’s Little Red Barn.

Free, all ages. We have a limited quantity of certain sizes of snowshoes.


Sweetheart Snowshoe
Saturday, February 13th 1pm

snowshoesIn addition to being the perfect combination of fresh air and exercise, snowshoeing is a great way to connect with your sweetie!

Advance registration is strongly encouraged at $4 for members or $6 for not-yet-members.

Trail Trek Series: Visitors Center Trails
Saturday, February 20th 10amWinter Trek Series

Explore the three distinct properties of Rogers Center. Learn to read the forest and what makes each property unique!

Visitor Center Trails: Journey through towering Spruce and Oak as we make our way to the Chenango River and Channels Marsh.

$3 suggested donation

Meet at the main parking lot

Family Fun Program: Winter Birds
Saturday, February 20th 10:30am

Come join us at Rogers and learn about New York’s winter birds! Dress in layers as we will be going on a hike to look for them and where they may live. We might see some Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, and more. The American Goldfinch is an especially interesting species as the males change color from bright yellow in the summer to a duller gray-green in the winter. There will be hot cocoa and a fun craft, pine cone bird feeders, when we return to the center.

Free, all ages


Teddy Bear Snuggle
Saturday, February 27 from 10:30am to noon

2015, Teddy Bear SnuggleLooking for something fun and warm to do this winter? Bring a blanket and your favorite stuffed friend for stories and songs by the fire in Bird Cabin. With our friends we will embark on magical adventures through the pages, and enjoy tasty snacks.

Members – $5 per family
Not-Yet-Members – $8 per family

Pre-Registration is recommended



Preparing Your Water Feature for the Spring
Saturday, February 27th at 10:00am

Do you have water features – such as lakes, ponds, and pools – on your property? Are you curious about changes that will take place in these types of features during March, April, May and beyond?  Would you like to maximize the positive impact of water features? Perhaps you would like to have a water feature examined for suggestions to improve its viability. Join us for a forum moderated by Robert Benton to discuss these and related concepts. All topics about local water features, as well as and living organisms in and around them, will be part of the conversation.

Unique Opportunity offered by Bob Benton!

Schedule a walk around with Benton to examine your feature will be provided.  His service has no cost attached to it but he limits his time to a total of five visits. Requests will be prioritized then scheduled. Please send your [1] contact information, [2] a list of questions you may have about the feature, [3] a description of the feature, [4] a photograph of the water feature, and [5] a map of it’s location to Start now while the weather is still warm enough and snow has not obliterated the water feature. The information must be submitted electronically by February 13th, 2016.  You will be notified of the acceptance at the Forum.  Not at the Forum? … you lose your appointment, it will be assigned to another. Bob Benton requests all communications be by email. If you need help contacting Benton, please ask Friends of Rogers.


Gardening 101: Advice from the Colgate Community Garden
Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm

Colgate Community GardenHave you ever thought about starting your own garden? Have you hesitated because you are unsure how to grow a successful and productive garden? Colgate Community Garden has answers to your questions regarding plant basics, seed selection, plant care, and so much more. This program will focus on small-scale gardening.

Colgate Community Garden, part of the sustainability mission at Colgate University, grows farm fresh herbs and vegetables for students at Colgate University and the Hamilton Food Cupboard.

A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation of Rogers Environmental Education Center.

If after school activities are cancelled, or their was a snow day at Sherburne Earlville Central School District, the program will be held Wednesday March 9th.

Family Fun Program: Skull Science
Saturday, March 5th 10:30am

Skulls provide a variety of unique features that allow us to gain a different look into how they behave and interact with their surroundings. This hands on activity allows for an exciting view on the mammals that live in our back yard.

Free: ages 5 and up


Winter Tree Identification
 Thursday, March 10th 6:30 pm

Winter Tree I.D 101Learning to identify trees in winter can be an exciting challenge. Without their familiar leaves, the textured browns and grays of tree bark can seamlessly blend together. Learn how to identify and differentiate trees through the features of their bark.

*This is an excellent supplement to our Trail Trek Series

A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation.



Introduction to Maple Sugaring at Home
Saturday, March 12th 10am to noon

Maple SyrupIn 2015, New York came in second, behind Vermont, for producing the most maple syrup. Sap can be harvested and reduced into syrup by commercial operations, or at the home. Home production requires a few simple tools and can be easily done. Gain some knowledge about the process and tools required to start tapping maple trees and producing your very own maple syrup.

We will meet in the visitor parking lot then head out as a group to the maple sugaring site.

Pre-registration is required.

A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation.

Wildlife Biology and Conservation
Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm in Bird Cabin

Wildlife Biology and Conservation is the application of ecological principles to the management of wildlife species and their habitats, one of our most important natural resources. Learn several of the most important general policies and procedures that affect our wildlife populations. Ask questions about their effectiveness and impact on our local wildlife and human communities. What about incursion of deer and bear into our human communities? What should you do if find an abandoned young one, encounter an animal that appears dangerous, or one in need of help?

A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation.

Trail Trek Series: Adams Farm Adventure
Saturday, March 19th 10am
Winter Trek Series

Explore the three distinct properties of Rogers Center. Learn to read the forest and what makes each property unique!

Adams Farm Adventure: Venture into a forest of Hemlock giants as we ponder their age and reflect upon the forest’s history.

$3 suggested donation

Meet at the main parking lot, will carpool to the location.


Trail Trek Series: Cush Hill Trek
Saturday, April 23rd 10am

Winter Trek SeriesExplore the three distinct properties of Rogers Center. Learn to read the forest and what makes each property unique!

Cush Hill Trek: Traverse the thrilling trails of Cush Hill and learn to read the stories of the forest. We will focus on tree species and their unique features..

$3 suggested donation

Meet at the main parking lot, will carpool to the location.


Creating a Bird Friendly Yard
Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30-8:00pm

Bird Friendly YardBackyard birding is one of the most popular activities in America. Many people maintain feeders, install bird baths, and incorporate nest boxes into their yards, but what else can one do to create a yard that is inviting to birds? This presentation will highlight simple steps you can take to make your yard and neighborhood more welcoming for feathered friends.

A $3 donation is suggested to support future operations.



Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 7 at 10 am. Meet in the parking lot.

2016, Wildflower WalkPut a spring in your step and join Friends of Rogers on a hike to search the forest floor for wildflowers. Explore the amazing adaptations and beautiful colors of May’s blooms.

Meet at the visitor parking lot to head out as a group to the perfect location to look for spring wildflowers.

RSVP is not required but is suggested.

A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation.


Note to Participants: Currently there are no program fees unless noted. We graciously accept all freewill donations to help support the Rogers Center. Please call (607) 674-4733 or email  for questions or to RSVP for an event.
Please meet at the Visitor Center for all programs unless otherwise noted.

View more events on our Annual Events Page

If you have questions regarding programs or would like to volunteer please email

13 Responses to Programs and Events

  1. MaryBeth says:

    Just finished looking at all your upcoming programs. Wow! I am really impressed and excited about participating in many of them. Such a great variety of things to do and learn within nature. See you soon!

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  3. Julie H. says:

    What a great line-up of events!

  4. Chris Brunner says:

    What are the chances for the design and installation of a PV solar installation that would serve to offset electrical costs to run the facility as well as serve as an demo./ educational tool for renewable energy?

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  6. Annie says:

    It’s nice to see that you are offering Project Learning Tree. Unfortunately, I cannot attend. Will you be offering any other educator workshops in the near future?

    • for13460 says:

      We will continue to offer educator workshops and as soon as they become scheduled we will add them to our upcoming programs. Please check back regularly.

  7. heather says:

    Are you going to have any boy scout marit badge their

  8. Robert H. Benton Jr. says:

    Do you need assistance on the “Hop into Spring” event? I have run herpetology events at the Center years ago. I have power points on all the New York amphibian and reptile population. All of the New York frog calls are in the powerpoints. Let me know.

  9. M Carhart says:

    My son is looking forward to Spring Break Out and Summer Camp again this year. Do you have the dates scheduled yet?

    • for13460 says:

      We do have dates scheduled and are currently finalizing the fliers and registration forms. As soon as they are finished we will put them on the website. If you would like, please email requesting this information and we will also email it you.

  10. Mb Dunn says:

    Love the page and the events! Nice improvement to the center over the past year…..we enjoy looking forward to all the cool activities each season!

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