Bask in the beauty of nature during annual Earth Fest celebration

Visitors stroll through the many exhibits during Earth Fest, an annual celebration hosted by Friends of Rogers at the Rogers Environmental Education Center. Photo courtesy Friends of Rogers.

Celebrate the wonders of nature during Earth Fest from noon to 4 p.m. on May 7 at Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne. Hosted by Friends of Rogers, this fun-filled day is packed with outdoor activities and presentations.

“We’re excited to host this annual celebration, which we know our community looks forward to with great anticipation every year,” said Simon Solomon, Friends of Rogers executive director.In keeping with Earth Fest tradition, visitors can try canoeing and kayaking, make nature crafts, meet

In keeping with Earth Fest tradition, visitors can try canoeing and kayaking, make nature crafts, meet the friendly animals of the Ross Park Zoomobile, and enjoy music by Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn. New this year, visitors can learn about renewable energy from the New York Solar Energy Society and see a biodiesel demonstration.

Recycling is an important theme at this year’s Earth Fest. A used bike drive, to benefit Community Bikes, will be held throughout the day. Bikes of any size in reasonably good working condition will be accepted. Specific household waste is also being collected, which Friends of Rogers will ensure is properly recycled. (Acceptable household waste is limited to thermostats, unwanted batteries, and usable latex paint.)

During the festival, a wide variety of complimentary Chobani yogurt will be available, plus festival- goers can take home a free sapling from among a selection of both deciduous and evergreen trees.

Thanks to FoJo Beans, Mangia Macrina’s Wood-Fired Pizza, and Stewarts Shops, delicious festival refreshments will be available for purchase.

While there is no charge for Earth Fest, Friends of Rogers encourages contributions to support future operations.

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for people of all ages. Seasonal hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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