Friends of Rogers hosts kayak trip, mushroom walk Saturday

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SHERBURNE — Friends of Rogers has two educational offerings on Saturday, Sept. 25.

First at 9 a.m., join Adam Schoonmaker, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Utica College, for an off-site kayak/canoe trip at Nine Mile Swamp.

There is a fee for this event as follows: those with their own boat $20; member rate is $15. Those who don’t have their own kayak or canoe can rent, Friends of Rogers has a limited number of boats. Kayaks are $30, canoes $35, and members get $5 off these rates. There are 15 spots to reserve by emailing execdir@FriendsofRogers.org. Those who are reserving a spot should say if they are reserving a spot with their own boat or are renting.

The group will meet in Main Rogers Center parking lot at 9 a.m. to follow the leader up to 9-Mile Swamp or meet at 9-mile in Hubbardsville on Wickwire Road. Friends of Rogers officials said the paddle trips fill up quickly and suggest to reserve a spot soon.

The second event of the day is the Mushroom Walk with Mycologists Sally Reymers and Owen Tallman at Rogers Center at 2 p.m. Have fun with fungi while walking along the trails of Rogers Center to find wild specimens in their native habitats.

The mycologists will assist attendees with mushroom identification and discuss their role in nature. Attendees should dress for the weather and bring any photos or recently-collected mushrooms they would like help identifying. This program is free and possible by the Otis Thompson Foundation. Maximum attendance is 15 people. Participants can register by emailing info@friendsofrogers.org or call 607-674-4733. Once officials respond, the spot is confirmed.

Upcoming events at Friends of Rogers also include the Wild Goose Chase 5k Trail Run walk on Saturday, Sept. 18, fee is $25 and you can register at https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/NY/Sherburne/RunFORRogersCenterWildGooseChase or by emailing Simon at execdir@friendsofrogers.org by Sept. 15.

For more information, follow Friends of Rogers on Facebook @Rogerseec or subscribe to their email newsletter at www.friendsofrogers.org. Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for people of all ages. The Visitor Center building remains closed, but the restroom building is open every day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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