Programs and Events

Rent a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis to explore the trails this winter!

Story Time and Hike
Wednesdays at 10:30 am Storytime and Hike Poster Chobani

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.

 

Catch Up & Mustard Day
Saturday, April 22 at 11am

Catch Up and Mustard Flyer 2017Help prepare Rogers Center for an exciting season of outdoor adventures by volunteering during the annual “Catch-Up & Mustard Day.” We will be “catching-up” on spring cleaning tasks, such as adding mulch to hiking trails, trimming stray branches from walkways, removing invasive garlic mustard plants, and
all-around preparing for an absolutely incredible summer season. This event marks the beginning of National Environmental Education Week celebrations at Rogers Center.

Pre-registration is required by noon April 21.

 

Get Ticked-OFF
Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm
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Spring is finally upon us! Time to play in the yard, tend to the gardens, and enjoy hikes in the wilderness. These enjoyable pastimes may expose you, your family and your pets to the local tick population. Are you aware of the hazards involved with tick exposure? Can you identify ticks from other creepy crawlers you may encounter? Do you know how to protect your family and pets from tick-borne illnesses? What should you do if you find a tick attached to your skin?

For answers to these questions and more, please join    us for a short presentation followed by a Q & A.

This program is a collaboration between Friends of Rogers and pup healthChenango County Environmental Health Division.

 

Hiking Basics
Saturday, April 29 at 9am

BHC Intro to HikingEver thought about walking in the woods or along marked trails, but you don’t know where to begin? Do you currently hike but want to explore more areas or hike with a group? Join the Bullthistle Hiking Club for a presentation on the basics of hiking. Topics will include where to hike, proper gear, ideal clothing, and basic hiking tips. Attendees will be given upcoming dates for a variety hikes hosted by the Bullthistle Hiking Club. A short, optional hike will begin after the presentation.

While this program is free, donations are always appreciated to help support operations at Rogers Center.

This program is a collaboration between BHC LogoFriends of Rogers and Bull Thistle Hiking Club

 

 

Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 13 from 10 am

2017, WildlflowerPut “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 main parking lot and then head out as a group to the perfect spot for locating spring wildflowers.

Members – $2
Not-Yet-Members – $3
Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday, May 12

 

Ultimate Teen Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 13 from 1-3pm

2017, May Teen Scavenger HuntDo you have what it takes? Bring your friends, or come and make new ones as you compete for fabulous prizes in the forests of Rogers Center!

Ages 12-16

This program is a collaboration between Friends of Rogers and the Hamilton Area Community Coalition.

 

 

 

Family Friendly Yoga
Thursdays June, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6 pm

Yoga - FinalBring your love of nature, your patience, an open mind, and your own mat (if you have one), as we join in a gentle practice open to all experience levels!

We will explore different breath techniques and meditations, as well as move our bodies through a physical practice to include different partner poses. Feel free to partner up with your child, spouse, cousin or even your best friend for a practice that is sure to be fun and interesting. Don’t have  a mat? Let us know ahead of time and we will bring one you can borrow!

Contact Kriss at The Zen Den to register.

 4 Week Session: $80 for two family members, $20 for each additional
Single Class: $30 for two family members, $10 for each additional

This program is a collaboration between Friends of Rogers and The Zen Denzen den

 

Paleontological Fossil Dig
Saturday, June 10 at 9 am

2017-fossil-programVisit sites to uncover wonderful treasures buried beneath your feet. Bring a lunch/snack, drink and sunscreen. Tools provided for up to 15 participants (sample bags, hammers, safety goggles, field guide). Program lasts about four hours.

Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday June 9.

Members – $6
Not-Yet-Members – $9

Click here for registration forms

 

Beaver Creek Paddle
Saturday, June 24 from 9 am to 1 pm

2017-canoe-programJoin Friends of Rogers for a scenic paddle down Beaver Creek. This paddle is perfect for all experience levels.

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants under 14 must  be experienced to ride in a kayak.

Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday June 23.

Registration fee is priced per boat:
With your own boat:
$15 members/ $20 not-yet-member
Boat provided:
Kayak: $25 members/$30 not-yet-member
Canoe: $30 members/ $35 not-yet-member

Click here for registration form

 

Adventure and Paint
Thursday, July 13 at 5:30 pm

2017, Adventure and PaintJoin us as we explore Rogers Center during an hour-long hike, through beautiful farmland and forested areas, then we will paint in the open air! Painting will be for all  skill levels and designed to capture the natural beauty around us.

Participants should bring a water bottle, a light jacket (if needed), and good walking/hiking shoes. Snacks will be available after the hike.

We will meet at the Main Parking Lot and then head out as a group to the trail.

 

Contact Jill at The Artists’ Palette to register.
$37 / person per hike and paint

This program is a collaboration between artists' palletteFriends of Rogers and The Artists’ Palette

 

 

Adventure and Paint
Thursday, August 17 at 5:30 pm

2017, Adventure and PaintJoin us as we explore Rogers Center during an hour-long hike, through beautiful farmland and forested areas, then we will paint in the open air! Painting will be for all  skill levels and designed to capture the natural beauty around us.

Participants should bring a water bottle, a light jacket (if needed), and good walking/hiking shoes. Snacks will be available after the hike.

We will meet at the Main Parking Lot and then head out as a group to the trail.

Contact Jill at The Artists’ Palette to register.
$37 / person per hike and paint

This program is a collaboration between artists' palletteFriends of Rogers and The Artists’ Palette

 

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  3. susan gustafson says:

    The NYSUT Regional Educational Conference is looking for someone from your facility that may want to do an educational workshop on a topic pertinent to Elementary- high school students. We are looking for someone that would facilitate a workshop in our January 27 conference at the Radisson Centre Hotel in Utica.
    Could you let me know of anyone that may be able to help us out? thank you. Sue

    • Susan, We would be interested in learning more about the workshop in January. Can you please send an e-mail to info@FriendsofRogers.org or call (607) 674-4733 so that you can be in touch with our environmental educator directly? Thank you so much for thinking of us! (Our apologies for the delay in replying. We don’t often check these on-line message boards for program requests.)

  4. Nicole Sokolowski says:

    I was wondering if you offered wilderness survival skills courses for adults. If not, do you know where they can be taken.

    Best,
    Nicole

  5. cassandra says:

    I love your center ,it has provided our family with years of memories and always had given our children the chance to understand ,respect and fall in love with nature with every visit!! Roger’s center Has become our family’s classroom in environmental education and we cannot express our deep gratitude enough for your beautiful enlightening experiences that have become a part of our lives!!!!!

  6. 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!

  7. Julie H. says:

    What a great line-up of events!

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. heather says:

    Are you going to have any boy scout marit badge their

  11. 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.

  12. 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 env.educator@FriendsofRogers.org requesting this information and we will also email it you.

  13. 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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