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!


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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.

Electric Car Raffle begins 3/19/21

Friends of Rogers starts the 2nd Annual Electric Car Raffle March 19, 2021

Friends of Rogers started the 2nd annual Electric Car Raffle on Friday March 19th.  This fundraising raffle features a prize of a 2020 Tesla Model 3, ($36,000) ARV. The raffle runs from March 19, 2021 at 10 am to October 15, 2021 at 6 pm. The drawing will be held on October 21, 2021 at noon, at Rogers Center and will be open to the public. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and other bundles are available. All details and rules for the raffle can be found on their website, click on “Win a Tesla.”

The first raffle, held in 2020, was a successful endeavor, even while the buildings were closed to the public and with everchanging COVID restrictions for events and in person activities. Friends of Rogers staff was able to educate people on the features of driving an electric car and hopes to continue this as an annual piece of environmental education. The winner of the 2020 raffle was Virginia Huerfeld of Glenmont, NY. The raffle in 2020 brought in revenue from ticket sales online, by mail and by phone all while the camps and other programs had to be cancelled. This weekly revenue helped to sustain the nonprofit during the worst of the COVID restrictions and will again in 2021.

Simon Solomon, Executive Director said “We enjoyed introducing people to the electric vehicle last year and look forward to showing the car and educating people on driving electric this year too. We also raise money for our environmental education programs in the process, which helps us while the buildings are closed, and camps are still questionable.” Heather Tehan, Director of Development said “With the temporary move of the Store from the Visitor Center to the Bird Cabin this year, we expect that more people will see the car. Being closer to the trout ponds will allow for more people to buy fish food and other items in the store as well.” The Visitor Center construction is underway with a fall 2021 date in mind for the unveiling of the new building with new exhibits and the brick campaign patio installation. As always, the trails are open and fish food available in the dispensers near the trout ponds.

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 is going to be on site at Rogers Center for people to see, near the Bird Cabin during store hours, by appointment or by chance. They also have the 3rd Electric Car Show scheduled for October 3rd to join with National Drive Electric Week. Last year’s event brought 22 EV’s on property with a variety of Electric vehicles on display and test rides given. You can register for the event at . You can find out more information on this Electric Car Raffle at .

Brick Campaign Begins 2/11/21

Friends of Rogers offers a chance to leave your mark at Rogers Center with brick campaign.

Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center is giving you the opportunity to leave your mark at Rogers Center with the start of a Brick Campaign. Friends of Rogers 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. You will notice going forward that the logo and branding has been updated as well.

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 bricks are available. Clip art is available for an extra fee with options including wildlife, activities, professions as well as member organizations and military logos. 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.

Simon Solomon, Executive Director said, “This fundraising campaign ties in nicely to all the upgrades of the center. We expect to have the bricks in place in autumn of 2021, with room for continued expansion every year.” Plans for exact locations will be made each year going forward, depending on how many bricks supporter’s sponsor. The purchase of the brick is considered a donation, as the buyer does not receive the brick themselves. There is an option to purchase a 4×4 replica tile that donors can keep for an additional fee.

Orders start now and will be taken through July. Go to and look for the red brick tab in the top right of any page, or click here to go to the order form and select your options. You can also request a brochure or pick one up at Rogers Center. Staff is happy to help you with your order anytime, email Simon at or call the center at 607-674-4733 and leave a message. The patio installation is expected to be in September 2021. You can print the brochure using the link below.


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 shifts between home and the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center building remains closed to the public with the restrooms open Friday through Sunday 7 am-7 pm and during any programs.

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.