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!Become a Member
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.Donate Today
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.Volunteer Opportunities
Legacy and Estate Donations
Recognizing those who have made estate plans, life-income arrangements, and life insurance plans that include Friends of Rogers Education Center.Learn More
A tree planted in someone’s memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations.Learn More
Friends of Rogers is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on donations from supporters like you. Your donations keep our events, camps, and environmental education programs available to our community at low or no cost. Click here to process your online donation today.
Any items you wish to donate to the Friends of Rogers can be dropped off during Visitor Center hours or special arrangements can be made. If you have items you wish to donate, feel free to contact us or stop in!
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 automoatically become members of the Evergreen Society in recognition of this future support.
Sample bequest language to include Friends of Rogers in your will:
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.See the trees
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.
|Avg. Height||112 ft|
|Growth Rate||~35 in/year|
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.
|Mature Height||40-70 ft|
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- to 80-foot-high tree is often used as windbreaks, screens, or hedges in large-scale landscapes.
|Mature Height||40-60 ft|
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.
|Mature Height||60-75 ft|
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.
|Mature Height||75-100 ft|
Responsibilities: building bridges, boardwalks, fences, exhibits to add convenience, safety, and beauty to Rogers Center.
Hours: to be arranged with staffApply
Responsibilities: fill fish food vending machines spring through fall and bird feeders fall through spring as well as
cleaning feeders once a year.
Hours: 2-3 times per week– 1 hourApply
Responsibilities: plant, weed, and water a section of our gardens designed to attract wildlife.
Hours: s many as you have in spring to prepare beds and one or two days in the fall to weed beds at season’s endApply
Responsibilities: inventory and record use, check the condition, and clean out bluebird boxes and wood duck boxes.
Hours: one to two days in each seasonApply
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 hoursApply
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 likeApply