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Rogers Environmental Education Center


At Rogers Environmental Education Center, our primary concern is the safety and health of our visitors, volunteers, and staff.

To limit the potential spread of the Coronavirus, all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while inside all buildings, including the Bird Cabin and restrooms. The Education Center is closed until further notice due to construction. Restrooms are open daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. If you need to contact us, please leave a message at 607-674-4733 or email

Check the Friends of Rogers website (leaves DEC's website) for program updates.

Our grounds and trails will remain open daily from sunrise to sunset, and we invite you to enjoy being outside as you watch spring unfold. With 6 miles of trails and 600 acres of forests, fields and meadows, we offer the perfect location to PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL (stay 6′ apart) as you enjoy nature. You can greet other visitors with jazz hands and a smile, even if wearing a mask.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Rogers Staff

no pets allowed

Reminder: No pets (including animals on or off leashes, or horses) allowed on the property or trails, except trained service dogs and miniature horses helping their companion.

New York and federal law require service dogs to be allowed in public places, but this does not include emotional support animals. A service dog is trained to do tasks for a person with a disability and the tasks must be directly related to the person's disability. Emotional support animals provide comfort, companionship, and a sense of safety for their owners, but are not trained to perform specific tasks for their owners and are not considered service animals. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York State law, public places are not required to allow emotional support animals. DEC regulations concerning the use of environmental education centers prohibit pets on center grounds except by written permission.

Friends of Rogers (FOR), a not-for-profit group affiliated with DEC's Rogers Environmental Education Center, has 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 or visit for information on programs and events and to receive updates and announcements.

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  • Open for Recreation
  • Facilities Hours
    • Education Center is closed for construction
    • Restrooms are open daily, 7:00 AM to 700 PM
    • Bird Cabin is open Wednesdays thru Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays 12 Noon to 4:00 PM until October 20, 2021
    • Trails are open daily sunrise to sunset

    **Please check the Friends of Rogers website to verify building hours over holiday periods and during inclement weather.

    Vistor Center

    Rogers Environmental Education Center is dedicated to enhancing environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world. It offers 600 acres of a variety of habitats for the walker, bird watcher, photographer, snowshoer, or cross-country skier. Trails traverse woodlands, meadows, wetlands, plantations, and farm fields.

    Featured Activities

    Outdoor Exhibits

    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.



    Rogers offers a wide variety of programs and events. Upcoming programs and events can be found at Friends of Rogers (leaves DEC website). Programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Dress for the weather!



    General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations

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    The trail system consists of six miles of labeled trails. A two-mile system begins at the Visitor Center traversing a variety of habitats. 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 (333 KB, PDF) and Cush Hill (360 KB, PDF) sites. Take time to explore these trails in every season.

    Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing


    General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is only allowed when there is enough snow on the ground. Skis or snowshoe rentals available on a first-come, first-serve basis during Visitor Center hours or you can provide your own. There is a small fee for snowshoe and ski rentals. Please visit the Trails page (leaves DEC website) and scroll to the bottom for more information on rentals.

    Accessible Features


    General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access .

    Rogers offers several accessible facilities and services such as the day use area, picnic tables, nature walk, and pavilion.

    Naturalist Intern Program

    The Naturalist Intern Program is a training internship available to those seeking professional experience in environmental education. Each intern will receive training in the mission and role of programs, the operations and activities of a center, principles of environmental interpretation, and natural history of New York.

    Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

    Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leave DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

    All users of Rogers Environmental Education Center should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

    Special Regulations

    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 the Use of Environmental Education Centers page (leaves DEC website) to see the regulations concerning the education centers.

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    Please remember that the following are prohibited:

    • Bikes, skateboards, and motorized vehicles
    • Collecting, releasing, disturbing or destroying plants or animals
    • Collecting, disturbing or destroying cultural material
    • Hunting, trapping, and fishing
    • Pets and horses
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Glass containers
    • Camping and campfires

    Please stay on designated trails to protect the environment for all visitors and dispose of trash and recyclables in the appropriate containers.

    Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc.

    The not-for-profit groups affiliated with Rogers Center is called Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc. (formerly called Mid-York Conservation Fund, Inc.).

    A non-profit Board of Directors 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 in Sherburne, NY at 2721 State Highway 80, 1 mile west of the intersection of Routes 80 and 12. See Google Maps for step by step directions to Rogers Environmental Education Center (leaves DEC website).

    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 Route 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.