About Us

EXCITE | INSPIRE | MOTIVATE

About

Friends of Rogers

Friends of Rogers (FOR) is a nonprofit organization composed of dedicated supporters of the Rogers Environmental Education Center. Rogers Center was a fully funded, state operated education center from the late 1960s to 2010. Rogers Center was closed on December 31, 2010 after a reduction in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) staffing and budgets.

The local community and those deeply connected to Rogers Center refused to let state budget cuts shut down their prized nature center, so in April of 2011, FOR signed an agreement with the DEC. This agreement allows us to carry on our environmental and educational mission through our annual community events, school programs, Adventure Camps, adult programs, and more!

MISSION-DRIVEN

By looking for new ways to engage our community and local businesses, we are able to weave our programs into everyday activities and remind our community that nature touches every aspect of our lives and well-being.

We want to impart on our visitors the importance of environmental stewardship and empower them to create a healthier planet.

Rogers Center is much more than a nature center and trails, it’s a space of natural beauty that has grown from the love and support of our community. We support local businesses, events, and programs because we know that making the world a better place starts at home. Our mission is to provide outstanding education opportunities for all people to enjoy and to inspire them to protect our natural world. Here at Rogers Center, we hope to help our community find their niche, their role in the greater ecosystem. Every action matters, just like every dollar counts. Support Rogers Center as we continue to strive to enjoy, understand, and protect our natural spaces.

Our Team

Simon Solomon

Executive Director

Heather Tehan

Director of Development

Katie McLaughlin

Environmental Educator

Jenni Larchar

Children’s Program Coordinator

Darcy

Aquatic Ambassador

Sriracha

Forest Philanthropist

Board of Directors

John Pumilio

President

Constance Hasko

Secretary

Owen Tallman

Vice President

Thurston Packer

Emeritus

Dianne Daugherty

Treasurer

Fred von Mechow

Emeritus

Daniel Auwarter

Member

Marsha Guzewich

Member

Chris Rossi

Member

Allison Boura

Member

Andrew Pattison PhD

Member

Adam Schoonmaker PhD

Member

Eric Diefenbacher

Member

Stephen Paul IV

Member

Carol Smith

Member

Charlee Weidman

Member

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