Get Involved


Membership contributions help fund community celebrations, educational exhibits, guest presenters, instructional materials, Visitor Center operations, and much more. In addition to the privileges listed, the greatest benefit derived from membership in Friends of Rogers is the satisfaction of supporting Rogers Environmental Education Center!

Memorial Tree Program

A tree planted in someone’s memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations.

Employment Opportunities

Friends of Rogers is seeking Summer Interns/Camp Staff.  If you are a fun-loving outdoor enthusiast who enjoys working with children, then this might be the summer job for you!  Positions run June 27 – August 26.  To read more about this position and apply, click the link below.
We are also looking for a Development Intern to help us build relationships, write grants, and assist with fundraising.  For more information about this position, contact David Carson, Executive Director, at

Evergreen Society


Recognizing those who have made estate plans, life-income arrangements, and life insurance plans that include Friends of Rogers Education Center.


We welcome all who wish to contribute time in helping to maintain our beehives, mulching trails, trimming hedges, picking up trash, or mending our animal costumes, there are many tasks to be accomplished.


Your donation to the Friends of Rogers helps us provide outstanding educational opportunities, maintain 600 acres of property (including six miles of hiking trails), and continue to offer an accessible environment for people of all abilities.

Evergreen Society

legacy and estate donations

Established by Friends of Rogers, the Evergreen Society recognizes those who have made estate plans, life-income arrangements, and life insurance plans that include Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center. The importance of these future gifts cannot be underestimated, as they will provide funds needed to ensure the continuation of outstanding educational opportunities that excite, inspire, and motivate people of all ages to enjoy, understand, appreciate, and protect our natural environment. You do not need to notify Friends of Rogers of your intent, but you will need to contact your estate planner or attorney to include Friends of Rogers in your final plans.

Membership in the Evergreen Society Provides an opportunity to say “thank you” to the many generous individuals who have chosen to give back to Friends of Rogers through a deferred gift. The impact of these gifts is especially powerful because members of the Evergreen Society inspire others to consider supporting Friends of Rogers in a similar manner.

All persons who notify Friends of Rogers that their estate plans include Friends of Rogers automatically become members of the Evergreen Society in recognition of this future support.

Sample bequest language to include Friends of Rogers in your will:

Text Copied

Memorial Tree Program

A tree planted in someone’s memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations, and is perhaps the most fitting memorial gift of all. Each tree is adorned with a personalized Memorial Tree necklace, designed to expand as the tree grows. Memorial Trees at Rogers Center are sustainable monuments that will remain active in the natural landscape for many generations. For more information please contact us below.

Volunteering Opportunities


Responsibilities: building bridges, boardwalks, fences, exhibits to add convenience, safety, and beauty to Rogers Center.

Hours: to be arranged with staff

Feeder Maintenance

Responsibilities: fill fish food vending machines (spring through fall) and bird feeders (fall through spring); also clean the feeders once a year.

Hours: 2-3 times per week for an hour each time


Responsibilities: plant, weed, and water a section of our gardens designed to attract wildlife.

Hours: As many as you have in spring to prepare beds and one or two days at the end of the season

Nest Boxes

Responsibilities: inventory and record use, check the condition, and clean out bluebird boxes and wood duck boxes.

Hours: every 3-4 days during nesting season; the number of hours depends on how many nest boxes you are monitoring


Responsibilities: greet visitors with a big smile and friendly demeanor, answer the phone, sell bookstore/giftshop items, maintain inventory and office organization, and help provide answers to visitor questions.

Hours: anytime during regular Visitor Center hours


Responsibilities: clip branches, spread mulch, pick up litter, and check signs along the trails; tools are provided.

Hours: weekly, as you have time and as often as you’d like

Volunteer Interest Form


Golden weeping willow is so named for its brilliant yellow twigs and graceful, drooping form. Like all willows, this cultivar is very tolerant of wet sites; it is also highly susceptible to storm damage.

White Oak

White oak is a massive, long-lived stately tree with wide-spreading horizontal branches and wine-red fall color. This native tree provides shade for larger landscapes and parks.

Sugar Maple

Sugar maple is a Midwest native loved for its exceptional fall color ranging from brilliant yellow to burnt-orange. In summer, its lustrous foliage provides excellent shade, making it a great choice for parks, golf courses, and home landscapes where its roots can spread. Black maple (Acer nigrum), once considered a separate species, is now included as a subspecies of sugar maple.

Norway Spruce

Norway spruce is a large, pyramidal tree with long, cylindrical cones that hang like ornaments from the weeping branches against the dark green foliage. This sun-loving, 50-80 foot high tree is often used as windbreaks, screens, or hedges in large-scale landscapes.

Eastern Hemlock

One of the more shade-tolerant evergreens, the eastern hemlock has many uses as a specimen, sheared as a hedge, or planted for screening. Native to the eastern United States, the hemlock resembles a large Christmas tree with its broadly pyramidal, pendulous branches and fine, dark-green needles on widely spaced branches that give it a delicate, lacy feel. The tree even has abundant brown cones that hang from branches like small ornaments.

Black Walnut

Juglans nigra, the eastern American black walnut, is a species of deciduous tree in the walnut family, Juglandaceae, native to North America. It grows mostly in riparian zones, from southern Ontario, west to southeast South Dakota, south to Georgia, northern Florida, and southwest to central Texas. Wild trees in the upper Ottawa Valley may be an isolated native population or may have derived from planted trees.


If donating for a specific program just enter the program here.