Friends of Rogers provides outstanding educational opportunities at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, New York that excite, inspire, and motivate people of all ages to enjoy, understand, appreciate and protect our natural environment. Rogers Center is a great source of community pride and a regular destination for the people of Upstate New York who seek to experience and learn about the natural environment.
In 2010, faced with unprecedented budget cuts, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) officially closed Rogers Center, after nearly 45 years of continuous operation as an environmental education center. The Friends of Rogers board of directors took over all public programming and activities several months later, and agreed to maintain the property. This agreement allows Rogers to stay open to the public, and gives Friends of Rogers the ability to offer environmental and educational public programs to children, teens, seniors, professionals and families.
Each year, Friends of Rogers hosts dozens of experiental learning programs for visiting school groups and dispatches environmental education teams directly to classrooms in Upstate New York. In addition, they present workshops for teachers and host annual events for the community such as a Winter Living Celebration, Earth Fest, and summer youth programs.
Because Rogers Center no longer receives funding from New York State, Friends of Rogers must raise funds from the community in order to maintain trails and provide continued community programming. Through Madison County Gives, Friends of Rogers needs to raise $2,500 to expand the School Field Trip program, which currently brings over thirty local school districts to Rogers for hands-on programs led by a specially trained environmental educator to fulfill New York State science standards.