How is TNC ensuring a healthy and safe in person 2021-2022 Nature Day Camp Season during the current global health crisis?
The Tenafly Nature Center continues to closely monitor and adhere to CDC guidelines, State guidelines, County & Town guidelines, as well as ACA recommendations. We will update and change our policies and procedures as new information continues to be updated to keep our campers, their families, and TNC staff safe and healthy.
All campers and staff must wear face masks. We require campers to bring two of their own from home to have for their camp day. If a camper or staff need a mask break, they are welcome to do so if they stand more than 6 ft away from the group.
NO gaiters, bandanas, or masks with built in valves or vents
All participants, camper and staff, should stay home at any sign of illness. If someone tests positive for the virus while attending camp TNC will follow CDC protocols. All campers will be notified via email that camp is shut down for the remaining session. Any camper participating in camp from the last 14 days will be notified of a positive case. The family tested positive will remain anonymous. TNC will contact the Local Health Department, State Health Department, and Youth Camp Project and follow their guidance on re-opening. Camp refunds will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Before and after each meal (morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack) campers will be brought to the restrooms to wash their hands with soap and water. TNC staff will carry hand sanitizer in their first aid bag at all times to be used as needed throughout the day. If any camper wishes to clean their hands more, we are happy to take them to the restrooms as often as they wish.
TNC has two outdoor restrooms normally used for the public. These restrooms have been locked and closed off to the public since March 2020. During camp hours, campers will be the ONLY ones permitted to use these restrooms. They will be sanitized and cleaned throughout the day.
They won't! Our 2022 camp season will be 100% outside. We are a nature camp so this is not a big change! We will spend our days enjoying the fresh air and using the nature preserve as our classroom. Our only exception is if their is extreme inclement weather (ex. lightening) we may bring the campers indoors and open the windows till the danger has passed.
We are a nature camp and getting caught in the rain is part of the adventure! The camp packing list includes a raincoat or poncho. Please, NO UMBRELLAS. Light rain we can keep exploring. In the event of heavy rain, wind, or thunderstorms, campers will remain under the covered wooden pavilion. We have plenty of rain games and activities to keep campers entertained. TNC has a lot of shade and is in higher elevation so we are naturally colder than the rest of the town. In cases of extreme heat, we play water games, offer icy treats, and relax under the cool pavilion. During the school year, we turn on our outdoor heaters and our older campers learn how to build and light a campfire!
For the 2021-2022 camp season, we have decided to cancel extended camp hours during the school year. We understand this is putting working families in a tough position but we do not have the staff to run this additional program at this time. Changes may be made for the Summer 2022 season so stay tuned!
TNC will be sharing the financial risk during this unique time. If there is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure and the Health Department closes camp we will determine refunds on a case-by-base basis depending on the severity of the closure.
If a child or household member is COVID-19 positive, that child will not be able to return to camp until cleared by their doctor. A refund will be determined given how many days the child will need to miss camp. If a full week of camp (5 days) is needed then a full refund will be offered minus the $50 cancellation fee.
If you chose to withdraw your child for any reason other than a confirmed COVID-19 positive case in your household, your tuition payment is non-refundable if cancelled 3 weeks prior to the start date of camp. If cancelling for 3 weeks + to the start date of your session, you will receive a full refund minus the $50 cancellation fee.
These policies are necessary to cover the costs we incur when we commit to you to have camp available this summer. TNC is a non-profit independent nature preserve and we need financial policies that provide some budget stability to keep us running.