Rogers Environmental Education Center
Friends of Rogers (FOR), a not-for-profit group affiliated with DEC's Rogers Environmental Education Center, has reached an agreement with the DEC to operate the Rogers Center in Sherburne. Under the agreement, Friends of Rogers will continue to offer educational activities and public programs at the Center. Please contact them by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.friendsofrogers.org for information on programs and events and to receive updates and announcements.
2721 State Highway 80
Sherburne, NY 13460-4507
Grounds: Daily sunrise to sunset
Buildings: Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
** Please verify on Friends of Rogers website hours over holiday periods and inclement weather.
There is a lot to do at Rogers Center. Its 600 acres offer a variety of habitats for the walker, bird watcher, photographer, snowshoer, or cross-country skier. Trails traverse woodlands, meadows, wetlands, plantations, and farm fields.
Day use, picnic tables, nature walk, and pavilion.
A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
Rogers Center in Winter
Trails and Outdoor Exhibits
The trail system consists of six miles of labeled trails. A two mile system begins at the Visitor Center traversing a variety of habitats. Trail guide booklets explain various aspects of the natural resources along the way. Another mile of trails, located across the street from the main parking lot, winds its way up to the Farm Tower where one can enjoy a wonderful view of the Chenango Valley. Two other trail systems are located at our Adams Farm and Cush Hill sites. Take time to explore these trails in every season.
"Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard" is an outdoor exhibit designed to show how anyone can enhance wildlife habitat at home. By providing the needs of wildlife, you may draw them in for a closer look.
The trout ponds have been a part of Rogers Center since its inception. In these ponds visitors can see several species of trout.
Other outdoor exhibits include information on predators, waterfowl, fish and pond life. Of course, the entire Rogers Center grounds offer opportunities to encounter the natural world. The careful observer is often rewarded with a view of wildlife interacting with its habitat.
Many species of wildlife make their home at Rogers Center. These animals are wild and are able to exist here without the assistance of people. They can find all their basic needs right here on the grounds: food, water, shelter, air, and space.
A picnic area is provided for the visitor's convenience.
Help Us Protect the Center's Resources
Visitors to DEC's environmental education centers should become familiar with the regulations governing the use of the centers as found in the New York State Register and Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). Go to DEC's Use of Environmental Education Centers page to see the regulations concerning centers; visit the Regulations and Enforcement page for other regulations regarding the use of state land.
Please remember that the following are prohibited:
- Bikes, skateboards, and motorized vehicles
- Taking or releasing plants or animals
- Hunting, trapping, and fishing
- Pets and horses
- Alcoholic beverages and glass containers
- Camping and campfires
Please stay on designated trails to protect the environment for all visitors.
Please dispose of trash and recyclables in appropriate containers.
A Look at the History of Rogers Center
1909 -- Harry and Gertrude Rogers establish New York's first game farm in Sherburne (Rogers Game Farm).
Historical Game Farm Sign
1966 -- At the suggestion of local citizens, New York State opens its first conservation education center in Sherburne (Rogers Conservation Education Center).
1968 -- Rogers Conservation Education Center Dedication
1972 -- Rogers Conservation Education Center renamed to its present: Rogers Environmental Education Center.
1970-1988 -- School groups, teachers, and summer campers attend residential programs
Present -- Great programs, great trails, off-site visits!
Be part of the future of Rogers Environmental Education -- volunteer, attend programs, join Friends of Rogers.
Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc.
The not-for-profit group affiliated with Rogers Center is called Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc. (formerly called Mid-York Conservation Fund, Inc.).
This group of interested citizens meets regularly throughout the year to provide input to Rogers Center staff and supports many of the programs at Rogers. If you are interested in becoming a member of Friends of Rogers, please contact the Friends Group.
Rogers Environmental Education Center is located on NYS Route 80, 1 mile west of the intersection of Routes 80 and 12 in Sherburne, New York.
From Utica Area... Take NYS Route 12 south to Sherburne, turn right on Route 80.
From Binghamton Area... Take Interstate 81 north to Route 12 north to Sherburne, turn left on Route 80.
From Syracuse Area... Take Route 690 east to Rout 481 south to Route 92 east to Cazenovia. Take Route 20 east to Route 46 south to Route 12B south to Route 12 south in Sherburne, turn right on Route 80.
See Google Maps for step by step directions to Rogers Environmental Education Center. (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold Shift down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window.)
More about Rogers Environmental Education Center:
- Rogers Center Public Programs and Events Schedule - Listing of current programs for Rogers Center.
- KIND - Kids in Nature Daily - The quarterly kids newsletter with fun and stimulating activities that teach about nature.
- Animals of Halloween Photo Gallery - Rogers Center's annual Animals of Halloween 2007 photo gallery showing happy people learning about a great horned owl, a red fox, an adult mayfly and an Amanita mushroom. Photos by Wells Horton.
- Winter Living Celebration Photo Gallery - See an overview of the various activities held at the 30th annual Winter Living Celebration held on January 12, 2008. (Photos by Wells Horton)
- Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc. - Information on this not-for-profit group's purpose, projects and membership.