Friends of Rogers First Public Event at Rogers Center A Big Success

Friends of Rogers (FOR), a not-for-profit group in Sherburne, held its first event annual Earth Fest 2011 on Saturday, May 7 at Rogers Environmental Education Center. The event drew record attendance of 850 visitors who came to learn many ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle and enjoy the out of doors.

Visitors enjoyed more than 35 activities from composting to the stars including games, exhibits, entertainment and more! Topics included butterflies, boating, fishing, renewable energy, bird box and birdbath building, nature art, beekeeping, recycling, music, woodworking, biodiesel, geocaching, bird watching and hiking.

This was FOR’s first public event since the state closed the Rogers Visitor Center on December 31, 2010, and funding for five education staff positions was eliminated. Under an agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation, Friends of Rogers will conduct programs and educational events at the Center. Earth Fest is the first of many upcoming activities to be held at Rogers and sponsored by FOR.

Friends of Rogers (FOR) surveyed visitors to learn what they would like to see happen at Rogers Center in the future and to enlist volunteers to help create it. They would love to hear from you.

Friends of Rogers will host a Birthday Celebration on June 11, 2011 at the Visitors Center to mark the 45th Anniversary of the Rogers Center. As they move forward with plans to operate the Center, the Friends group seeks public input on the future activities at the Center and invites interested parties to join them for “Cake & Conversation” on June 11th. For more details and to register to attend, visit the FOR website at www.friendsofrogers.org

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