Southern Tier Tuesdays Grant Award

Southern Tier Tuesdays Grant Award and Interview

You voted to nominate us, then you voted for us to win and it was all worth it. We have been chosen to receive the $2,000 grant award from Southern Tier Tuesdays and Upstate Shredding! We will be appearing on WBNG-TV in an upcoming Around the Tiers segment in May. Due to the current health precautions, we will be taping the interview through Zoom to be aired on one of the Southern Tier Tuesday segments in May.

We are humbled by the enormous response from our supporters through email, Facebook and Instagram. Your efforts have allowed us to participate in this opportunity to receive a grant for general use and be interviewed to tell viewers about us and what we do. We cannot thank you enough for your support.

This is a tough year for most nonprofits and local businesses. We can use all the help we can get. This award could not have come at a better time, as we face a Spring without school field trips on property.

So, thank you for coming through for Friends of Rogers!

Tune in to WBNG-TV on Tuesdays in May to see us, as well as the other May grant recipients! If you do not get WBNG in your area, you can watch it on their website after it airs, and I hope to link to the video in the next newsletter.

Heather Tehan

Director of Development

New Video on Website

Go to the Visit tab to see our new website video highlighting Spring at Rogers Center. We would like to thank Ray Cesnavicius at First Take Professional Video Services in Unadilla, NY. He picked a beautiful day to capture the essence of a visit to Rogers Center for anyone new to our website. Let us know what you think. You can also click this link :

Ray also created a video from our Winter Living Celebration in January. If you haven’t seen the video yet, click the link below to watch it now.

May Membership Drive

Are you a member of Friends of Rogers? Most of you are or were at one time. Membership starts at $35 for your household up to 4 people and Seniors receive a 25% discount. Benefits for each level are listed on the member page of the website. If you use the facility for hiking, feeding the fish, or just a place to go hang out that you can count on, we are so happy to have kept the center open for you. This is your chance to support the Friends of Rogers nonprofit with a membership! You can go to the Get Involved tab or click this link for the membership page

With no admission fee to Rogers Environmental Education Center or the Visitor Building, we rely on our Memberships to bring in monthly dues and support our mission and programs. This need is clear with all that is going on in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis. With students learning at home, our school field trips have been cancelled for the Spring. We usually have multiple schools daily from April through June. We know this is a temporary condition, but the financial impact is great. Our Summer Adventure Camp is to be determined and regular store business has ended since we had to close the buildings in March. We have opened an online store, please check it out. We can have your order shipped, or we can deliver or arrange pick up by email.

To make it easier to become a member, we have added the ability to purchase your membership online with our refreshed website update.  You can join Team Green and have your monthly recurring payment applied to your credit or debit card at the monthly charge of your choice. You can also become a member with one annual payment. You can sing up online or by mail. If you choose to mail your check, please note what level of membership you are purchasing and send it to Friends of Rogers, PO Box 932, Sherburne, NY 13460.  Gift memberships are also available, please email for details.

Thank you for being a Member of Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center!

Executive Director’s Message May 2020

This ​spring, and the events that have piled on it, will no doubt make many of us think how we want to spend our ‘dash’. ​I write this during my ​fifth, ​ or is it now sixth​(?) ​week at home​, ​ juggling ​a balance of ​work​, family, and life ​during the Covid-19 health crisis. I am beginning to feel more like a ​groundhog ​wondering when it is time to come out of hibernation and​, yet I ​refuse to watch the movie Groundhog Day no matter what!

As the Rogers Center staff continue​s ​to plan and look forward to the warm, approaching ​summer days, we have watched many of you practice proper social distancing along the multiple miles of trails. There had been subtle talk concerning the closure of such NYS properties, however as of late April the property continues to be open and accessible! Please remember dogs are not permitted on property and that we are a carry-in/carry-out facility.

May is here​ – ​finally​! ​These past couple ​of months have been difficult with cold and dreary temperatures. ​And yet, April showers have brought May flowe​rs​, ​so plan a day hike on Cush Hill and look for wildflowers along the ‘Connector Trail’. May is also ‘renew your Membership month’ to support Rogers Center. ​ While gearing up this month for our upcoming summer season, we will be reaching out to you if your membership has recently expired. ​With our current public health crisis​, there is a real possibility ​that ​our annual Summer Adventure Camp program will be canceled due to health department regulations, or at least severely limited. If this is the case, we will be directly impacted as ​our summer ​camp​s ​provide direct support to offset our day to day operations. Membership also aligns with summer camp since so many families purchase a membership to reduce their cost of camp. ​A Rogers Center membership ​directly ​enhances ​our ability to maintain and keep the Rogers Center open​, so please consider supporting your local nature center today​!

As ​things improve, please ​consider an excursion to Rogers Center. The fish feeders continue to be filled ​ (remember to sanitize your hands after​) ​and our animal ​friends ​continue to visit property. Most recently we ​have been visited by a male​ African Goose from the next-door farm who has become quite fond of the geese (see picture​) ​. ​ A good example of making the most of his dash.

See you on the trails!

Simon M. Solomon – Rogers Center

Read “THE DASH” – ​a ​ poem by Linda Ellis


Dear Rogers

Dear Rogers,

Where does the saying “April showers bring May flowers” come from?

Blooming Bunches

Dear Blooming,

This proverb most likely comes from the United Kingdom. Historians believe this phrase may come from a poem by Thomas Tusser in 1557. There is also a saying from the 1880s that goes “March winds and April showers bring May flowers and June bugs.” It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the saying comes from, but we often see its truth in the area. A wet spring with seeing flowers come up afterwards the saying has stuck around.

Often, we see patterns in our weather with the seasons. Climate is the long-term average of the weather in a particular area. In Sherburne we have the combination of the snowfall melting away and the start of rainfall sometime in March or April. With the accumulation of water in our soil and an increase in warmth and sunshine, we often see the world bloom green in May.

The saying may not always ring true depending on where you are in the world. In warmer climates this may not be true at all. Some places close to the equator have little fluctuation in seasonal changes. Places in the southern hemisphere have the opposite seasonal changes. They are in autumn heading towards winter right now!

When do flowers bloom then? Well, that depends on the flower. We often have daffodils and snowdrops in March and April. The rain is not what triggers the plants to bloom. Flowers normally require a particular temperature to start to bloom. As New York thaws from its long winter, the flowers are able to come out, along with the birds returning, and the turtles basking in the sun.



“Sweet April showers

Do spring May Flowers”

-Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry