Dinosaur Hill will be reorganizing our Summer 2020 Programming lineup to comply with all federal, state, and local requirements for hosting groups of individuals in a safe manner. As the situation evolves over the summer we may be forced to tighten or loosen certain protocols and will update you frequently with any changes we are making.
Here at Dinosaur Hill we pride ourselves in being a community-driven non-profit with programming standards which aim at producing entertaining, educational, but above all else, safe events for children and families. After much internal debate while keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 statistics we have determined that our building simply isn't conducive for in-house field trips at this time. While strictly adhering to social distancing etiquettes we wouldn't be able to situate enough bodies in our nature center to make programs worthwhile. However, we have heard from the community we offer programs to and there is a desire for children's programming this summer and we would like to still be here for you and your family.
We have done away with our previous Summer 2020 programming lineup and are refunding all registrations, including all of our summer camps as we don't feel we can put programs out to our own standards while keeping everyone feeling safe and secure and have redeveloped a brand new, completely outdoor, lineup that offers us time to decontaminate all equipment, maintain social distance, and adjust our class sizes to better fit the current climate. Rest assured, we take this virus very seriously at Dinosaur Hill and have created a safety procol that we would like to share with you before you sign your family up for programs so that you know what we are doing behind the scenes to ensure your, and our staff, safety.
In order to keep our staff and community safe our teachers will be required to always be wearing masks and gloves while interacting with the public. We will be checking, before every class, the temperature of our staff and keeping close contact with them regarding any new symptoms, and should any flu-like symptoms emerge we will cancel and refund all classes assigned to that naturalist for no fewer than 14 days after they no longer show symptoms. We will also highly encourage our staff to get a COVID-19 test should they show any symptoms. Staff will only be interacting with registrants, not even one another. We will be meeting virtually to discuss program benchmarks and preparing supplies separately so that as few hands as possible need to touch any item.
There will be no sharing of any equipment for the summer. Every registrant will have their own kit of supplies to use for the duration of the program. After each class we will decontaminate all equipment and allow it to sit for a full week before being used again to make certain that everything that we use is pristine. For classes that have an arts-and-crafts component, no equipment shall be reused, we will ensure that every child has clean, new equipment in their own "arts and crafts" kits.
We will highly encourage registrants to our programs to wear masks throughout the program and our staff will be very vigilant in making sure that all children maintain their 6 foot distancing. We ask that participants check the temperatures of those in their household prior to attending any program this summer, and should any new flu-like symptoms or fever emerge, we ask that you email us to cancel your registration and we shall refund you. We are going to be cutting back the amount of participants in programs to between 4-6 depending on the class and offering up multiple sessions of every event to meet the registration demand. All of our classes for the summer will be 1.5 hours or shorter. We will space each class out by a week to ensure all equipment is properly sanitized. We will have hand sanitizer out at every single program to be frequently used between activities. At the start of all programs, each participant will have an assigned area to meet outdoors, our instructor will greet the whole group when they arrive, explain the rules and importance of maintaining distance, put on clean gloves, hand out equipment, and then begin the class.
We are cautiously optimistic and will continue to keep a close eye on how the pandemic evolves, both globally and locally and will adjust our programs appropriately. We are excited to be able to offer you and your family a break from the anxiety and stress that this situation has caused for a brief escape into our beautiful trails for some incredible programming opportunities. We can't wait to see you on the trails!
- The Dinosaur Hill Staff