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Rogers Environmental Education Center
Description: Visitors can hike, birdwatch, snowshoe and cross-country ski in the woodlands, meadows, wetlands, plantations and farm fields that surround the nature center on this site. An outdoor exhibit, “Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard,” is designed to show how anyone can enhance wildlife habitat at home. Other outdoor exhibits include information on predators, waterfowl, fish and pond life.

Wildlife to Watch: Frogs, painted and snapping turtles, salamanders and muskrats live in the wetlands on the property. Waterfowl, songbirds, great blue herons, kingfishers, mink and muskrats can also be found near the ponds. Look for dragonflies over the water, butterflies and bees around wildflowers, and beetles and flies eating leaves and stems. You might see a common garter snake, one of the six beneficial snakes found here. Trout ponds permit easy viewing of several trout species.

Special Tips: The trails are open from sunrise to sunset, year-round. The center is operated by the Friends of Rogers, a non-profit organization, under an agreement with DEC. Contact the Friends of Rogers for days and hours of operation, public programs and special events.

This site has some accessible features, including picnic tables, a nature trail and a pavilion.

607-674-4733, 2721 State Hwy. 80, Sherburne, NY 13460

Other Activities: Hikers can enjoy 6 miles of labeled trails traversing a variety of habitats. One trail winds its way up to the Farm Tower, where there is a wonderful view of the Chenango Valley.

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 600 acres 
Closest Town: Sherburne

RestroomsParkingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleDrinking WaterBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Dragonfly - Photo by Bill Banaszwrski
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From Utica, take NYS Rte. 12 south to Sherburne, turn right on Rte. 80. From Binghamton, take I-81 north to Rte. 12 north to Sherburne, turn left on Rte. 80. From Syracuse, take Rte. 690 east to Rte. 481 south to Rte. 92 east to Cazenovia. Take Rte. 20 east to Rte. 46 south to Rte. 12B south to Rte.12 south in Sherburne, and turn right on Rte. 80.

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Rogers Environmental Education Center : Wildlife Viewing Area