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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.
The air will once again be filled with an ensemble of ancient bird songs. Why do they sing and how do they actually produce their musical melodies? This presentation will address these and other questions. The Music of Birds will awaken your appreciation of bird songs and help you learn the tunes of a few of our most common songsters. Shade-grown, bird-friendly, organic and fair trade coffee will be available for order at the conclusion of this program.
Spring Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 9th at 10:00am
Put 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.
Family Fun Program: Kitchen Science!
Saturday, May 16th at 10:30am
How can you make a raisin dance? What makes a glow sticks glow? Why do some bakers always sprinkle lemon juice on the apples when preparing pies? Find the answer to these questions and many more through chemistry experiments with simple materials found around your house. (Free, ages 6+)
Join us for a 3 hour guided paddle through 9 Mile Swamp. A caravan leaved the Center parking lot at 8:15 am or you can meet us at 9 Mile Swamp at 8:45 am. Pre-registration is required for this event. With your own boat, $10 for members and $13 for not-yet members. To borrow one of our boats, $17 for members and $20 for not-yet members.
Batty for Bats
Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Join Val Mitchell, current Naturalist Intern at Rogers and a previous bat technician, for a presentation about bats! Learn interesting and fun facts about bats, discover how important they are to us and our environment, and what we can do to help them. After the presentation, build your own bat house to take home! ($15 per bat house built)
Family Fun Program: Whats Bugging You?
Saturday, June 6th at 10:30am
They’re in the grass and in the air. They’re in your house and in your pool. They’re everywhere! Bugs! Insects are most plentiful during the summer months; it is the perfect time to “get the bug” and challenge your inner entomologist to go outdoors and investigate the bugs around us! (Free All Ages)
Photography of “Brookfield”
Saturday, June 6th from 6-9:30pm
Join local landscape photographer Wells Horton in uncovering the mystery and beauty within Charles E. Baker State Forest, known by locals as “Brookfield.” Perfect for photographers who want to gain an introduction to picturesque locations. This workshop will begin in the Rogers Environmental Education Center visitors parking lot at 6:00 pm then caravan to scenic sights within the forest. Bring your camera and if you have a tripod bring it. Be prepared to walk in the woods and maybe get your feet wet. Fee: $15 members or $18 for those not-yet-members. Registration is Required for this Workshop.
About the Photographer:Wells Horton is a Central New York landscape photographer taking the time to slow life down and capture the beauty of the rural landscapes. Other parts of the world hold stark beauty while New York State is filled with subtle beauty. Think of stark landscapes as beautiful landscape paintings done in acrylic or oil paints where New York as beautiful landscape paints done in watercolors. Wells mixes light, fog, color, and mood to display the subtle beauty of the area.
At Age 13 Wells said when he retired he would pursue landscape photography. Having lived in various areas within the State he has spent the past thirty years in the Sherburne area.
Wells Horton Photography: http://wells-horton.smugmug.com
Paleontological Fossil Dig
Saturday, June 13th at 9 am
Join us as we visit sites to uncover the wonderful treasures buried beneath our feet. A caravan will leave the Rogers Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Participants will need to bring a lunch/snack, a drink and sun screen. Tools will be provided for up to 15 participants (sample bags, hammers, safety goggles, field guide). This program will last about four hours. Registration is required for this program. Cost for members is $6 and for those not-yet members is $9. There is no fee for parents accompanying children.
Free Family Fishing Day
Saturday, June 20th from 9am to 1pm
Join Friends of Rogers for a day of catch and release fishing. This is a great opportunity to get introduced to and learn about the art of fishing. Bait will be provided. Feel free to bring your own fishing pole or use one of ours. They will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Our local Stewart’s Shop will be onsite selling refreshments.
Vernal Ponds: An Important Habitat
Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 am to 11:30am in Bird Cabin
Vernal ponds or ephemeral pools are temporary bodies of water that provide habitat for a wide variety of organisms. Many species rely on the fleeting nature of these ponds for a safe place to lay eggs and have young develop. Bob Benton a local herpetologist, will highlight many of the specialized plants and animals associated with vernal pools. A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation of Rogers Environmental Education Center.
Limnology or freshwater science, is the study of inland waters including lakes, reservoirs, river, streams, wetlands and ground water. Bob Benton, local herpetologist, will discuss and focus on local bodies of water, contemporary water treatment issues, eutrophication (aquatic ecosystem response to environmental additives), and algal blooms. A $3 donation is suggested to support future operation of Rogers Environmental Education Center.
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 Info@FriendsofRogers.org for questions or to RSVP for an event.
Please meet at the Visitor Center for all programs unless otherwise noted.
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If you have questions regarding programs or would like to volunteer please email info@FriendsofRogers.org