As public health concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) heighten across Colorado and the rest of the world, we are continuing to actively monitor the situation, stay in close communication with our partners, and create contingency plans as they relate to our operations and upcoming programs and volunteer stewardship projects.
First and foremost, the health of our staff, partners, and community is paramount. We must do our part to minimize the spread of the virus. Consequently, our upcoming alternative spring break programs with college and high school students set to begin this weekend in Indian Creek, Utah have been cancelled.
Our 2020 field season officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 24 with the arrival of our seasonal staff and dedicated weeklong staff training. At this time, we are continuing with these activities as planned. Our first community volunteer projects are scheduled to begin on April 10. We are proceeding as planned, but will continue to closely monitor the rapidly developing situation and adjust our plans as necessary. We will communicate any changes and cancellations with our project partners and volunteers in a timely manner.
While avoiding large crowds and individuals exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms has been mandated in many places to help control the spread of the virus, there is no evidence to suggest that spending time outdoors alone or in small, healthy groups promotes the spread of the virus. In fact, being outside in nature is quite possibly the best and safest thing someone can do to maintain sanity, personal health, well-being, and quality of life. We encourage you to get outside and stay active.
Please continue to keep an eye on local public health announcements and official CDC recommendations for hygiene and safety. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us at [email protected] or 719-471-7736.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute