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 info@friendsofrogers.org 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 execdir@friendsofrogers.org. 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 info@friendsofrogers.org. 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.