Family Fun ready to go ‘on the road’ at Rogers Center in Sherburne

Published Jul 1, 2018 at 9:00am

On the third Saturday of every month, Friends of Rogers hosts “Family Fun” programs designed to provide participants of all ages the opportunity to experience hands-on learning about the natural environment, the organizaion has announced.

Recent “Family Fun” titles have included Snowy Scenes, Winter Wanderings, Fantastic Forests, “Bed” Time, Ensuring the Future, and Fish Prints.

For the months of July and August, this unique educational series will be ‘On the Road’ at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, the announcement added.

For 2018, corporate partner M&T Bank is serving as official presenting sponsor for ‘Family Fun.’

While the program had been underwritten by several organizations since its inception over five years ago, this year marks the first time that a corporate partner’s financial support is sustaining an entire year of this fundamental Friends of Rogers activity, the organization said.

“M&T Bank’s generosity to Friends of Rogers and our local communities is truly inspiring,” said Simon Solomon, FOR executive director.

“Their leadership support ensures that Friends of Rogers is able to continue offering this free community program for the entire year. We are extremely grateful for M&T Bank’s investment in our mission,” the FOR executive director added.

Wetlands are full of life. Many people are familiar with ducks, frogs, and fish - but what about smaller creatures that often go unnoticed?

On July 21, participants can “dive” in and explore water and mud to get a closer look at the fascinating world of the smaller - but just as important - inhabitants of ponds.

Honey bee hives can number in tens thousands of individual bees conducting a wide variety of tasks. Being a worker bee is no easy feat; constantly foraging for nectar and pollen, guarding the hive, feeding larva, and so much more.

On August 18, participants can join the Friends of Rogers to celebrate National Honey Bee Day through hands-on activities and crafts.

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for all ages.

The Rogers Center has more than 600 acres of nature to explore and features a variety of trails, plants and wildlife. It is located a short drive away on State Route 80 in Sherburne.

Summer hours are from 10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

For more information, call 607-674-4733 or visit www.friendsofrogers.org.