Modified Tamarack Procedures
Tamarack Nature Center aims to provide the best experience while still meeting the high standards of public health best practices. Special procedures have been set in place as preventative health measures for visitors, program participants, volunteers and staff.
COVID-19 policies and program modifications have been developed with recommendations and guidelines from Executive Orders issued by Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health department. Current programming guidelines are subject to change as new information and recommendations become available.
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All programs will follow public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 and are subject to change or cancellation based on the status of the pandemic. Depending upon the program, activities and distancing requirements, more restrictive measures will be adjusted and communicated in advance regarding categories listed below:
Small group size
All programs will be conducted in contained groups not to exceed 14 participants and chaperones. If your group exceeds this limit, contact Tamarack Nature Center to look at programming options. Day camps will consist of contained groups of 15 campers, plus staff and volunteers.
Outdoors, rain, snow or shine
The Nature Center building is still closed to the public, so all programs will take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather – rain, shine or anything in between.
For day camps, an assigned indoor space with room for social distancing will be available if needed.
Participants for other programs will be notified and issued a full refund if the weather is extreme enough to cancel the program.
As part of our programming policy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we require every participating adult and child, age 2 and older, to have an appropriately sized mask. Disposable masks will be available, if needed. Please arrive with your mask on; there may be times throughout the program when masks can be safely removed. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask.
Day camp policy for day campers ages 12 & over:
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all unvaccinated participants wear a mask while indoors and when social distancing cannot be maintained. For our oldest day camp age groups (Trekkers and Adventurers), fully vaccinated participants will no longer be required to wear masks. Parents should inform their naturalist on the first day of camp if their child is no longer required to wear a mask due to their vaccination status.
Whenever possible, social distancing will be observed by asking participants to spread out during the program and structuring activities in a way that does not encourage close proximity.
All supplies will be sanitized between uses. Hand sanitizer will be available for participants to use. If you have a certain kind of hand sanitizer you prefer, please bring that along with you.
Indoor restrooms are not available at this time. Portable toilets are located at the entrance to Discovery Hollow.
Please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. We ask that all participants evaluate their health before attending a program. View the Minnesota Department of Health screening document.
Since surfaces in Discovery Hollow are not cleaned or sanitized, residents will be using the play area at their own risk. Additionally, the Nature Center building remains closed and staff are not available to help in case of injury. Please call 911 in case of emergency.
For the health and safety of yourself and others:
- Stay home if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.
- Avoid crowded areas. If the play area is full, plan to return another time.
- Keep your distance and consider wearing a face covering. Since playgrounds can be difficult places to maintain social distancing at all times, adults and children age 2 and older are encouraged to wear a mask. While we strongly encourage masks and social distancing, staff is not available to regulate or enforce either.
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or sleeve and not your hand.
- Sanitize hands frequently and immediately after playing.
- Since the Nature Center building is closed, restrooms are also not open to the public. Portable toilets are available near the Discovery Hollow entrance.