Dear WPNR Community,
During this unprecedented time, amidst so much information, we want to take a moment to let you know something so simple, yet so important to our human nature, we care about you. We know how much parents, grandparents, and caregivers are taking on right now being brave and creating a positive environment for kids.
First and foremost, yesterday we observed the spring equinox. Yes, spring is officially here and the WPNR grounds are open to the public to enjoy the many benefits of nature. Please practice safe social distancing on the trails.
As the circumstances with COVID-19 continue to evolve, we continue to follow the guidelines and procedures as they become available from Saint Vincent College. Unfortunately, this means that our programming through May 25th is cancelled and the Learning Center Barn will remain closed to the public.
What else can we do?
We'll be rolling out WPNR'S NATURE @ HOME, a weekly email that contains fun educational activities you can enjoy from home. In addition to home reading, this can help create a sense of positivity and focus, and provide a much-needed break from the 24-hour news cycle.
It's time to pull out your favorite books of heroes and heroines, stories of courage and hope, and stories of overcoming insurmountable obstacles to remind us of the beautiful things that make us human.
Wellness is not just avoiding the spread of a virus right now, it's also about being caring and creating an environment to thrive in, a place to continue learning and growing as children and adults.
While we might be socially distancing right now, we are certainly not alone. It's human nature to love and be loved. So the next time you wash your hands, take a second afterward to tell someone how much you care about them.
It feels good to be good natured.
Yours in appreciation, nature, and wellness,
Executive Director, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
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