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!

Want to see the Tesla?

The 2020 Electric Car Raffle is underway and we have been showing the TESLA Model S to visitors at Rogers Center as well as cruise-ins and Markets in the area. It has been greeted with curiosity and amazement when people look in the front trunk and the back trunk and still don’t see a motor. We have been educating people on driving a fully electric vehicle and where to charge. We have found that charging at home using a 110 outlet gives you about 50 miles of battery life overnight. While using the Superchargers in places like  Oneonta or Utica take about an hour and cost about $12 on your Tesla account. Driving this fully electric, zero emission vehicle is so much fun and easy to maintain. The luxury features, such as auto-adjusting headlights and windshield wipers, add to the pleasure of driving this sporty, yet roomy car. If you would like to see the car for yourself, we have it on display at the Visitor Center when Staff is on property, until we re-open the center. You can make an appointment to meet us at the center for a personal tour of the car too.  We can also do a lunch and learn at your business during the week for your staff. Contact Heather Tehan at for more details and to book your appointment today. For more details, see the raffle page on this website at

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.

Dear Rogers July 2020

Dear Rogers,

What animal do I keep hearing on the trails?


Call Curious

Dear Call,

Most of our animals that live at Rogers Center have a particular call. If you listen carefully you can learn what critters are making what sounds. Looking at where you are and the habitat you are in may also give some key information to what animals you have been hearing.

You likely heard some insects out on the trail. Cicadas are known for their distinct chirping from the trees. A very loud high-pitched song is a mating call sang by male cicadas. Each species has its own song that calls only attracts females of the same species, allowing different species to co-exist.

Perhaps you heard an amphibian jump into the water. Green frogs are often heard jumping into the water with a characteristic squeak, sounding a bit like a plucked banjo string. This sound is to distract predators as they make a speedy escape. The American Toad may also be heard with a trill that normally lasts for five to up to thirty seconds.

Birds are diverse in both looks and vocalization. With the honk of the Canada Goose always present at the center, to a chickadee warning all animals in the area with “chicka-dee-dee-dee” or a two toned “fee-be-ee” or “Cheese-bur-ger” song. Rogers Center is a great place to observe birds and learn their songs.

Often Herpers, those who enjoy looking for reptiles and amphibians, Birders, and Scientists rely on the calls animals make to know what is in the area. There are always more animals in the forest than visitors see. Humans tend to be loud and startle wildlife.

If you hear an animal that you cannot identify yet, online resources may help! All About Birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has many calls that can help narrow down your search for a bird.

Director’s Message July 2020

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us; difficult to comprehend sometimes when you think back to May and the snow we received during the spring. Covid-19 has surely made many rethink their priorities and day to day operations / interactions with others. Fortunately, the bright side to the current situation is that Rogers Center property has received some well needed attention. The trout feeding ponds where visitors frequently feed the fish received an overhaul, from not only the dredging of the silt during the months of May/June, but to a re-fencing project around each of the three ponds. The old worn and true wooden posts / lateral rails continue to stand at attention, while an additional metal barrier was added from the top to the bottom of each rail to prevent a child or adult from taking a plunge into the ponds. Our FOR & NYS partnership remains strong and a ‘big thank you’ must go out to the local region 7 NYS DEC staff for their hard work on property due to NYS travel restrictions; from the painting of bridges, trimming of hedgerows, expansion of handicap accessible paths, to the installation of Smokey the Bear along Rt. 80!  There had been a longstanding list of benchmark projects on property that only DEC was permissible to facilitate, and many of those projects were accomplished during the past 45 days. And yet, there is lots more to do from painting/striping the main parking lot with designated spots to park a car / unload a wheel chair,  to the repair of a leaking skylight in the outdoor classroom – not to mention the work that needs to be done down on the Adam’s Farm Trail parcel. What makes these relationships work is a love for Rogers Center, whether it’s a state employee or a visitor from afar; there’s something about wanting to make Rogers Center the best it can be! We remain hopeful to begin facilitating in-person programming in the future, so be on the lookout for our popular Family Fishing Day event on 8/1 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. when we will also revisit our Spring Frolic Silent Auction from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. adjacent to the Visitor Center in the Outdoor Classroom. And I’m sure all will be happy to hear, the restrooms outside on Rogers Center property are now back up and open from 7 am-7 pm Friday-Sunday.


Stay cool, stay well.


See you on the trails!


Simon M. Solomon

Simon Solomon New Sherburne Rotary President

Simon Solomon becomes President of Sherburne Rotary International Club.

Congratulations to Friends of Rogers Executive Director, Simon Solomon! In addition to leading the staff here at Friends of Rogers, Simon is now the President of the Sherburne Rotary International Club (4898) in the Rotary International District 7170. Rotary International is a service-based organization. The Rotary meeting was held at Rogers Center in the Outdoor Classroom on July 2, 2020. The location was perfect for social distancing in the open air while remaining under cover. The photo shows President Simon Solomon with his new plaque and gavel in front of a garden at Rogers Visitor Center. Congratulations Simon, we wish you a great year as President!