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.


The Artist as Naturalist: Natural Impressions–Gelatin Plate Monoprinting
Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm

Artist As Naturalist - Natural ImpressionsUsing materials from the forest floor, students will be introduced to Monoprinting, a direct printmaking process that results in unique, one of a kind prints pulled from a gelatin plate surface. This surface allows for unlimited experimentation with color, overlays, found materials and stencil materials that gives each person an immediate sense of accomplishment and success. Instruction and initial guided practice in several techniques will be demonstrated before independent work session begins. (Recommended for ages 13 and older. All materials included.)

Members: $10               Not-Yet-Members: $12

Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday, July 28.


Hops Industry in Central New York Past and Present
Saturday, August 12 at 9 am

2017 Hops FlierJoin Friends of Rogers, along with historian Henry Drexler, to discuss the historic hops industry in Central New York, the current state of hop agriculture today, and future projections for the industry. The forum will begin at 9 am in the Visitor Center with a presentation and conversation with Drexler, followed by a short trip to a local, historic hop barn. The tour will then proceed to Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton for a facility tour and complimentary samples of craft beer. Every participant will also be given a commemorative Good Nature glass.

Members: $15               Not-Yet-Members: $18

Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday, August 11.


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


Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21 at 2 pm 2017, Viewing Party

North America will be treated to one of nature’s most  awe-inspiring sights when the moon will completely cover the sun in a total eclipse! It’s been over 100 years since a similar celestial event has occurred. While Central NY is outside the path of the complete eclipse, viewers will see a partial eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. A variety of unique activities will commemorate this special occasion, and everyone in attendance will receive a complimentary pair of glasses through which to safely view this amazing phenomenon.

While there is no charge, contributions are encouraged to support future programs.

Bio Blitz
Saturday, August 26 at 9 am

2017, Bio Blitz

Be part of this “citizen science” project by helping to collect data on the organisms found at the main Visitor Center property of Rogers Environmental Education Center. Volunteers will receive instruction on proper search techniques for specific taxonomic groups throughout the day. Collection groups to be focused on include: amphibians, aquatic macroinvertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles, terrestrial invertebrates, and trees.

While there is no charge, contributions are encouraged to support future programs.

Pre-registration is requested by noon on Friday, August 23.

Wild Goose Chase
Saturday, September 16 at 10 am

Wild Goose Chase FlyerA 5k trail run/walk for the whole family to benefit Rogers Environmental Education Center. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in the Men’s, Women’s, Girls, and Boys categories.

FREE t-shirt for those who pre-register by August 31, 2017!

15 Responses to Programs

  1. 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 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.)

  2. 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.


  3. 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!!!!!

  4. 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!

  5. Julie H. says:

    What a great line-up of events!

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. heather says:

    Are you going to have any boy scout marit badge their

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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