Updated 7-15-2020, 10:32 a.m.
Dear friends and community members,
Thank you for your continued support by attending programs, sending your children to Day Camp, volunteering in responsible ways, and purchasing through our gift shop. We are thrilled to see so many of you continuing to walk the trails and visit with Liberty. If you would like to participate in some of the volunteer projects, you can find more information here.
Now that the WNY region is in Phase 4, more is available. However, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is focusing on Day Camp programming at this time and so the exhibits and in-person store sales are still suspended. It continues to be important to take precautions and be smart when engaging with others at this point. The progress the region has made depends on keeping the number of cases in the region level and not increasing. To read more about ACNC’s plan to reopen, click here.
ACNC continues to strive to maintain a safe and healthy facility for our visitors, volunteers, and staff at all times. We understand the continued concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are taking the following measures to ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff, and community members:
- ACNC is following the state directives issued by the governor of New York.
- ACNC’s trails and Liberty viewing are open as normal and we encourage you to get outside to keep active, enjoy the fresh air, and stay healthy. Please remember to practice distancing, even on trails. ACNC asks that you have face coverings on-hand in case you are unable to maintain distance from others during your visit.
- Access to the indoor portions of the Nature Center are limited to Day Camp at this time.
ACNC guidelines for safe trail use are as follows:
- Please, no dogs.
- Visits should be solitary, family groups, or with small groups. Those travelling from states included in New York’s travel advisory are asked to complete their 14-day quarantine before visiting.
- Be ready to move quickly through places where people tend to congregate, such as the parking lot and trail heads.
- Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
- Visitors are not required to wear a face covering* when maintaining distance, however we ask that you have them available to use in case you cannot maintain distance from other visitors.
- Avoid areas of high congestion when others are present, and limit your time in those spaces. This includes all trail structures and the Nature Play Area.
- Stay home if you do not feel well.
- If you arrive and crowds are forming, choose a different trail or return another time/day to visit.
Please note, that if ACNC staff witnesses or receives notice of any visitors who are not complying with the rules listed above that they reserve the right to ask visitors to leave the premises.
*Face coverings are still required if visitors are not able to maintain social distance and are from different households.
These guidelines are based on recommendations made by the CDC and New York State.
For public programs and events, monitoring the CDC and New York State information provides the latest recommendations and duration of quarantine and social distancing. At this point, small programs of fewer than 25 people are taking place. These programs are outdoors when possible, distant when possible, and require face coverings if distance is not possible. For current listings, check auduboncnc.org/programs.
Day Camps are running and there are still a few slots left for older age groups. You can register for those online. Increased safety protocols are part of the re-opening plan, and you will receive a full refund if ACNC has to cancel any camps.
For private programs and rentals, small rentals under the New York State minimum of 50 people are permitted. Private programs are not currently available due to staffing limitations. Call (716) 569-2345 if you are interested in a rental.
Finally, personal habits are the frontline in preventing the spread of the virus and so we are taking the following personnel actions:
- Staff onsite is limited, many are working from home when possible.
- All staff and volunteers onsite are asked to wear face coverings when within a confined space, working with Day Campers, or within 6 feet of other employees or visitors. They are required to have face coverings with them at all times.
- We have instructed any staff that has a fever or other COVID-19 symptom to not come to work.
- We have requested that any staff who is immunocompromised or considered high-risk to please suspend working until the virus is contained.
These procedures will be updated as needed in accordance with CDC and New York State updates.
Thank you for your understanding and support during these extenuating circumstances.
COVID-19 Safety Plan for Day Camp 2020
ACNC is running Day Camp this year in accordance with New York State Guidelines for Day Camps. This crisis has had a significant impact on children and their families and ACNC feels it is more important than ever to give kids a safe, positive, outdoor experience and to provide parents with the reassurance that their child is safe while engaging in some familiar experiences and traditions.
Please note: Campers must be from Chautauqua County, NY or Warren County, PA. Alternatively, they must quarantine for two weeks in one of those counties before the first day of camp.
ACNC has developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan based on recommendations from the CDC, New York State, and the American Camp Association. The plan involves increased sanitizing schedules, group-specific restrooms and materials, child-specific craft supplies and discovery tools, wellness checks, staggered drop-off and pick-up times, and preventing mixing of groups and supplies. As many activities as possible will take place outdoors, and ACNC will employ the use of both physical distancing and face coverings. ACNC has posted the full plan on this site.
If you have registered for a camp, you will get an email two weeks prior with more specific information and what-to-expect sheets to share with your child(ren). If ACNC must cancel any camp due to COVID-19, they will give full refunds if they cannot fit you into a later camp.
ACNC may combine some camp sessions if enrollment is too low to meet the minimum. They will notify you before moving your child(ren) into another camp. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY Forward Guidelines for Day Camp: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Childcare_and_Summer_Camps_Summary.pdf
Talking with children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
CDC’s main website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Peer-reviewed summary of various papers addressing COVID-19 and children: https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-data-8th-May.pdf
Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thank you, Community Partners
Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.