Shredding Event July 24, 2021

Come to Rogers Center for our first Shredding Event on Saturday July 24, 2021 from 9 am -12 pm. This is your chance to clear out the paper clutter in your home. Sponsored by Preferred Mutual, this event is FREE and open to the public. The shredding truck will be near the main parking lot at Rogers Center. Each person can bring up to 5 file boxes of paper to shred, no need to remove staples. Free will donations are accepted to benefit Friends of Rogers!

Shredding event flyer

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.

Fossil Dig with Friends of Rogers June 19, 2021

Join us for an off site Fossil Dig on Saturday June 19th, led by Geology Professor Dr. Adam Schoonmaker from Utica College. Tools are included for each child with this program. Cost is $12 per child and parent is included in the fee. Limit of 12 children for program. To register email Meet at main parking lot at Rogers Center at 9 am. Participants will be expected to follow in vehicles to either 1 or 2 dig sites. Hammer and eye wear provided.
Sites are near Lebanon/Hamilton area. Bring water /snack.

Outdoors Day June 12, 2021

Friends of Rogers hosts Outdoors Day at Rogers Center Saturday June 12, 2021

Outdoors Day is a free, open-house style event held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day. This year, Outdoors Day at Rogers Center is June 12th from 10-3. Free guided outdoor activities and demos are offered for the whole family. Pre-registration preferred, contact Activities  include Catch & Release Fishing from 10am-12pm & 12-2pm, Groups up to 25 for each time slot. Kayak/Canoe on Ice Pond at the top of each hour from 10-2 pm. Bird watching Hike at 11 am lead by Mike DeWispelaere of Chenango Bird Club, max group of 20. Invasive Species Walk & Talk at 1 pm lead by Rebecca Hargrave of SUNY Morrisville Environmental Sciences & Arboriculture, max group of 20. NYS DEC Ranger will be onsite, and an outdoor safety table will be available.

The Friends of Rogers store will be open in the Bird Cabin and the Tesla will be set up on site for you to see and purchase tickets. All the usual activities such as feeding the fish and walking the trails will be available all day. Picnic tables are available for you to bring a packed lunch to enjoy on the grounds as well.

Simon Solomon, Executive Director said, “This is a great opportunity to bring your family to Rogers Center and try a new outdoor activity or learn about what you can see at Rogers Center, or even in your own yard.” Pre-registration is required for the events and can also be done the day of the event,  if space is available.

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for people of all ages. The staff is currently working in the Bird Cabin while the Visitor Center is under construction. The Visitor Center building remains closed , but the restroom building is open every day 7 am-7 pm.

Earth Day 2021

Get outside and celebrate!
Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd for 51 years now. Take some time around this day to get outdoors and notice the signs of spring. Budding trees and wildlife returning to the area remind us all of the cycles of life. What a great time to also be mindful of our part in keeping the planet healthy for the generations to come. Here are a few easy ideas for marking the occasion.

1.  Pick up liter

2.  Plant a tree

3.  Put up a Birdfeeder

4.  Create a water station for bees

5.  Look at ways to cut energy use at home

6.  Plan a Garden

7.  Build a Terrarium

8.  Start compost area

9.  Take a hike

10.   Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt, like the one you can print below!

Friends of Rogers Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

National Volunteer Week 4/18-4/24/21

Thank you to all our Volunteers!
We could not accomplish the work we do at Friends of Rogers without our dedicated staff of volunteers. National Volunteer Week is April 18-24. To show our appreciation, Friends of Rogers, along with the group “Nonprofit Connections” of Chenango County have created a virtual “Just Desserts!” Please take time to watch this photo collage of volunteers at all the participating nonprofits in Chenango County. We will be mailing dessert coupons from Minty’s, Gilligan’s Ice Cream and onCommon Grounds. Thank you for your service to Friends of Rogers and our community!


YouTube Video

Donor Brick Campaign

Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc. will be dedicating a space near the front of the Visitor Center for Donor Bricks to be placed in the ground in a permanent patio area. This project coincides with the building updates and exhibit updates that will be unveiled in 2021.  We now invite you to participate in the updates, by leaving your mark on the property at Rogers Center, the only way you can. Choose your message and art, or upload your company logo, for engraving on a red concrete brick in one of three sizes, 4×8, 8×8 or 12×12 inch starting at $100. This is a great way to mark occasions such as a birth, graduation, marriage, or remembrance of a loved one. Celebrate you family’s love of camping, fishing, or hiking. Mark your corporate support of Friends of Rogers with your company name and logo. Your support of Friends of Rogers will be displayed for all our visitors to see, year after year. We appreciate your support! Click on the red brick tab at the top right on any page or here to order your brick today. Any questions, please email Simon at  You can print the brochure using the link below.


The Winner of the Tesla is Virginia Huerfeld of Glenmont, NY.

The winner of the 2020 Electric Car Raffle is Virginia Huerfeld of Glenmont, NY! Congratulations Virginia!

Thank you to all of you who entered, we appreciate your support!

Hike our Trails!

With 6 miles of hiking trails available dawn to dusk, you will always see something new!

Visitor Center Closed Until Further Notice

Grounds remain open dawn to dusk, restrooms OPEN Fri-Sun 7am-7pm.
No fishing or dogs allowed.