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.

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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUovztSQnXTcZqJuRiNvIQ  or https://youtu.be/y-_wO3fwQZ8  or@jennilarchar FB and Instagram. You can also purchase Jenni’s Music CD from our online store!

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 https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=2215. 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 development@friendsofrogers.org. 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.