Selleck Sugaring Project

About the Project

Upstate New Yorker, scientist, naturalist, humanitarian, intellectual, educator, citizen, leader, friend: Bruce Selleck touched many lives in countless ways.

His work with Friends of Rogers spanned all those roles for the Rogers Environmental Education Center, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors.

Bruce’s dream was to create a living laboratory at Rogers Center in order to teach visitors the science and craft of maple sugaring. He envisioned local entrepreneurs providing the operational expertise in return for half the proceeds from maple syrup sales. The other half would help sustain Friends of Rogers operations at Rogers Center. Visitors and volunteers would observe and even share in the sugaring process. The vision Bruce had provided for contributions to the local economy, educational opportunities for the public, and the sustainability of a beloved regional landmark through a renewable natural resource.

Friends of Rogers was preparing to raise funds for the project when Bruce died unexpectedly on July 31, 2017 at the age of 67.

In memory of Bruce, his friends and colleagues from the Colgate University and Hamilton communities are collaborating with Friends of Rogers in order to realize Bruce’s dream. The Selleck Sugaring Project will be an important addition to the educational and environmental resources available to the public at Rogers Center.

To succeed, our goal is $40,000. This would provide the funds necessary to launch the project, build a traveling evaporator that could be trucked to schools and other venues to stage live demonstrations, and endow a fund to ensure that the project will continue to operate in perpetuity, educating generations of young upstate New Yorkers in the art and science of one of their great cultural legacies.

Bruce’s wife Nancy and the family are pleased that Bruce will be honored in this most appropriate way at Rogers Center.