COVID-19

A note to our supporters on COVID-19

We recognize COVID-19 has brought a troubling sea change to the certainty of our everyday lives. This is a difficult time for everyone, and we’re right there with you. As all of us reflect on how we get to the other side of this, we hope part of that journey is a renewed appreciation of just how much we need spaces where we can enjoy fresh air, catch a glimpse of early wildflowers, revel in the sounds of spring and safely savor the company of others.

At the end of the day, many of these special places exist because of people like you. We thank you, as always, for making that difference.

For our part, we will continue to care for the natural areas we protect, return your phone calls and emails and stay in touch. We will continue to share stories about how, with your help, we are ensuring that West Michigan’s natural areas remain resilient, biodiverse and healthy forever.

Our preserves are open for you to explore

While you are visiting our preserves, we ask that you please take care of yourself and others. Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidelines below. For the most up-to-date recommendations for your personal safety, please refer to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and/or your county health department.

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Please explore natural areas close to your home.
  • If the preserve you are visiting looks busy, please consider visiting another location. Visit naturenearby.org/explore for a full list of spaces we’ve helped protect
  • Only visit our preserves on your own or with members of your own household.
  • Practice physical distancing: Keep at least 6 feet (the length of a dog leash) between you and non-members of your household.
  • Do not congregate.
  • Avoid touching hard surfaces.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after your visit.

Volunteering during the pandemic

Our Second Saturday Workday schedule has resumed, but in order to keep everyone safe we have made some adjustments to how they are run. Moving forward, we ask that all Second Saturday volunteers follow the protocols below. For the most up-to-date recommendations for your personal safety, please refer to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and/or your county health department.

  • Volunteers may not participate if they feel sick or if they have been recently exposed to anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • 6-foot social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer will be provided to clean hands and any shared surfaces (e.g., pens for sign-up).
  • Mask use is required. Disposable masks will be provided.
  • Volunteers must supply their own work gloves.
  • Snacks and water will be individually packaged.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water to limit the use of bottled water.
  • Tools will be sanitized prior to the workday. Volunteers will be assigned a tool (or tools) at the beginning of the workday and will use only their tool(s) throughout the event.

Your cooperation ensures that the natural areas we protect can remain open for you to explore—thank you!

Support the Land Conservancy of West Michigan today

Though it seems much of the world has come to a standstill, the need to protect nature has not. We hope you will continue to generously support the Land Conservancy, whether by making a donation, volunteering or spreading the word about the work we do. Most of all, we hope you are finding some peace in the spaces we have worked together to protect.

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