Amphibians & Reptiles Debunked! July 10, 2021

Amphibians & Reptiles Debunked! Saturday July 10, 2021, 10 am-11:30 am at Rogers Center.

Love them or hate them, reptiles and amphibians are fascinating creatures. Steeped in myths, deeply persecuted, and greatly misunderstood. Gather and get a chance to see and learn from herpetologist Prof. Eric H. Diefenabcher (SUNY Morrisville) about reptile and amphibian basics, behaviors, and the variety of native NY species. Live animals will be on site and safely contained for observation, along with handling demonstrations. Come with your questions! We will be in the main pavilion, as the parking lot for the Visitor Center area is closed. This program is Free and brought to you by the Otis Thompson Foundation. Maximum attendance is 15 people. Participants can register by emailing or call 607-674-4733. Once we respond, your spot is confirmed.

I Love My Park Day May 1, 2021

I Love My Park Day will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021 and whether this is your first or your tenth I Love My Park Day—welcome. With the ongoing pandemic, spring is going to look a little different, but we are excited to be hosting a safe, in-person I Love My Park Day event. This year, in partnership with NY State Parks & Historic Sites and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, we are holding a more contained, two-day event on Saturday & Sunday, May 1st-2nd. Visit the website for all event details: 
The Event at Rogers Center will be 1 day only on May 1st, with two shifts of volunteers. First from 9-11 am and second 1-3 pm. Register at the link above.
New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.
Volunteers from across the state participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year.
PTNY helps coordinate the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and a how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.

Snowshoe and look for Tracks & Traces Jan 14 & Jan 30, 2021

Snowshoe and look for animal signs, tracks & traces, with Friends of Rogers and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County. This program is for ages 12+ and is free of charge. This program is brought to you by the Otis Thompson Foundation. Snowshoe rental is available for $3 for folks that do not have their own. Maximum attendance is 15 people and masks are required. Participants can register by emailing or call 607-674-4733. Once we respond, your spot is confirmed. First session is Thursday, January 14th from 1-2:30 pm. Second session is Saturday, January 30th from 10-11:30 am. Please register with your name, phone number and the number of people in your group and which program you would like to attend.

Jenni’s Music update

Jenni’s Music is still Live on Facebook on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Jenni Larchar is doing her live video as a virtual Storytime and Hike from Rogers Center on Wednesdays to keep the kids on schedule. She has had a great response and thousands of views! Once the buildings are reopened, we will see how we can proceed with Storytime and Hike under new conditions. To enjoy Jenni’s Music anytime, you can go to Jenni’s Music Studio at  or  or@jennilarchar FB and Instagram. You can also purchase Jenni’s Music CD from our online store!

Electric Car Show at Rogers Center October 4th

Friends of Rogers is holding the 2nd annual Electric Car Show in partnership with Drive Electric Week on Sunday October 4, 2020 at Rogers Environmental Education Center. The event is free and open to the public. Electric vehicle owners are welcome to register and show your car by going to If you are interested in learning more about electric cars or taking a test ride, this is the place to do it. We will have food available for purchase. We had over 18 vehicles our first year and hope to have 25 or more this year. The 2015 Tesla Model S raffle car will be on display and tickets to enter the drawing will be available, but no rides can be given in the raffle car. Last year we had vehicles from Subaru Outback, Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, Honda and more. Mark your calendar and hope the car shows will be allowed by October.

Spring Frolic Silent Auction moved to August 1st

We will be holding the Silent Auction portion of the Spring Frolic that was canceled in March. Join us on Saturday, August 1st from 9 am to 2 pm in the outdoor classroom. Masks are mandatory, 15 people in the classroom at one time, including staff, only two people per table at one time. Ticket buyers to the original event and members will get first bids from 9-10 am, then we open it to the public until 2 pm. Cash out from 2 to 3 pm. If you choose to buy it now, you can cash out your items at anytime and take them with you. Each bidder will receive a clean pen to sign in and be assigned a bidding number. Then take your pen to each table to place your bids and keep it until you are all done, then place it in the used pen jar to be sanitized. Items will be on display, but cannot be touched or handled. Staff will be available to show bidders any items, by hand, with gloves. Phone bids are welcome and will be placed on the bid sheets in real time. Event will happen rain or shine. There are so many wonderful items to be found at this fundraising event. The Tesla will also be on display so you can see it first hand and get your tickets to win it. Family Fishing Day will be happening from 9-1 on the same day so there is something for everyone to enjoy. You can place some bids, go fishing or hiking, come back and see how your bid is doing! To reserve a spot in the first hour, please email Heather at A full listing of the items available for auction will be posted on the website on July 17th.

Family Fishing Day August 1st

Whether you are an expert fisherman or new to the sport, you can come enjoy the rare opportunity to fish at Rogers Center! Join us for a day of catching (and releasing) fish in our waters. Staff will be on hand for those new to the game. We welcome Jim Everard from I FISH NY in Cortland, back to Rogers Center for the family fishing day. This is a great opportunity to  introduce children to the joys of fishing. Event is Free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.

COVID-19 Protections: Families will be requested to bring their own fishing poles or use the DEC poles, which will be disinfected after use. Families will be socially distanced and required to wear masks when in close proximity to others. DEC and Friends of Rogers staff will have worms available and will assist with removing fish from the lines if needed. Bait will be provided and fishing poles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Or bring your own bait and poles, whichever is preferred.

During the day, a silent auction will be held showcasing items Friends of Rogers received as donations from the public for our annual Spring Frolic, which was forced to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The public will be able to view the items but not touch them. Bidding is open to the public from 10 am -2 pm.