After three months of no programs and two weekends of successful Roving Naturalist programs outdoors near the cabin, Grass River Natural Area has made the decision to open the Grass River Center. The Center opened on Thursday the 25th and from now through October, the Center will be open 7 days/week from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm barring any changes in the COVID-19 situation.
Staff worked hard over the past few months to create new procedures that ensure the safety of visitors; chief among these are requiring all visitors and staff to wear masks and to practice social distancing while inside the Center. The Center has also removed some of the displays and activities that either put visitors in too close proximity of each other or are too difficult to keep germ free. Interpretive signs are still out, the gift shop is stocked, and Ruby (pictured left) is waiting to see your smiling faces! If you’re not comfortable visiting the indoor space, the Roving Naturalist tent will be set up by the cabin on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am -1:30 pm, where a naturalist will be available to answer questions. Of course, the trails are open every day from dawn to dusk.
In place of camps, the Education staff put together Otter P.A.C.K.s that are the equivalent of camp in a box. These kits will be chock full of all the supplies and instructions your camper will need to do many of the favorite camp activities and crafts at home, including an owl pellet dissection kit, Grass River T-shirt tie dye kit, hard cover nature journal, insect collecting jar, and much more. Staff has also been working on ways in which ‘campers’ can interact virtually with the naturalist staff throughout the week. Otter P.A.C.K.s are priced at $75 and can be shipped directly to you, or they will be available for pick-up at the Grass River Center starting in July. Scholarships are available for those in need. Purchase of the Otter P.A.C.K. is available on the GRC website. If you have questions please contact Education Director James Dake at firstname.lastname@example.org.