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 small enough to allow for social distancing. Group size may vary based on the activity, please contact Tamarack Nature Center to discuss programming options.
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. Indoor space will be available for extreme weather conditions pending availability.
Following CDC recommendations, Ramsey County meets the high risk threshold for COVID-19 variant infection spread. Therefore, we require face coverings for all vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, volunteers, campers and other visitors in all Tamarack Nature Center buildings and workspaces effective August 4, 2021.
Tamarack Naturalists interact with a high volume of people. Therefore, all participants age 2 and older are required to arrive and wear suitable masks during all naturalist-led programs. Mask breaks will be provided during the program. Masks will be provided, as necessary.
Schools and other groups
Group leaders must submit a signed agreement to that effect prior to arrival. If a group does not comply, we will be unable to conduct the program. Group leaders will be offered a self-guided program during the same time frame. No refunds are available under these circumstances.
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.
Cleaning procedures are in place in accordance with State and County Guidelines. 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 in various locations.
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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.