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.


Family Fun
Every third Saturday of the month at 10:30 am,Final Family Fun Program Poster   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.



Animals of Halloween
Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 pm

2017, Animals of HalloweenMeet forest creatures who live at Rogers Center and hear their life stories in their own words.

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.



The Artist As Naturalist: Gelatin Plate Monoprinting
Saturday, November 4 at 10 am

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/person     Not-Yet-Members – $12/person

Pre-registration required by noon on November 3.


Climate Basics: Science, Impacts, Policy, and Action 
Thursday, November 9

Climate ChangeJoin Colgate University’s assistant professor of environmental studies, Andy Pattison, and director of sustainability, John Pumilio, for a facilitated discussion on climate change basics. The discussion will include an overview of climate science, impacts, policies, and actions we can take as communities and individuals. This will be an interactive session so please come prepared to participate.

Sponsored by Hamilton Friends Meeting (Quakers)

While this forum is offered free of charge, donations are welcome to support future programs.


Wreath Making
Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 am OR 11:30 am OR 2:30 pm

2017, Wreath WorkshopLearn to make your own evergreen wreath with natural materials. We will provide a reusable frame and materials including – but not limited to – evergreen boughs and pine cones. Feel free to bring additional embellishments of your choosing to add a personalized touch. You can enjoy your unique wreath this year, and repurpose  the frame for years to come.

Member – $12      Not-Yet-Member – $15

Pre-registration must be made for one of the three workshop sessions offered by noon on December 1.

22 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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