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WAIVER AND LIABILITY

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 

Calvert Nature Society  is taking all necessary measures to protect public health and welfare. Please continue to follow basic preventive actions that protect your health and decrease the chances that you will spread infection of any kind to our more vulnerable friends, neighbors and loved ones.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Calendar of Events

Join our naturalists on explorations of our nature parks to learn about plants, animals, ecology and more! We have events for families, teens, adults, and summer camps.

Become a member

Your membership helps keep Nature in Calvert County. Tax-deductible gifts help Calvert Nature Society educate and raise awareness of our natural world, as helps support the county as it preserves and maintains these landscapes. Be a part of a growing community of individuals, businesses, and organizations that support Calvert County's nature parks.

VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEER

Calvert Stewards are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.

Learn about Opportunities on our Calvert Stewards web site.

The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. However, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in camp programs or accessing Society facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. The Society in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in Society programs or accessing park facilities.

Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

MASKS

Effective on October 1, 2021, during programs sponsored by Calvert Nature Society which are designed for children under the age of 18 years the policy for masks is 1) while in buildings regardless of vaccination status all adult participants and children above the age of 2 years old are required to wear a face covering; 2) for programs that take place outdoors, and physical distancing of at least 3 feet is practical, masks are highly recommended, but not required; and 3) when physical distancing cannot be maintained participants are to wear a face covering. For programs designed for adults, masks are highly recommended, but not required. Program participants must provide their own masks which must comply with the requirements set forth herein. READ THE FULL POLICY

Basic Precautions 

The Society has evaluated activities and programs to determine if they can be run safely while providing the quality environmental and nature program we have come to expect. Some programs have been canceled, some indoor programs have been rescheduled to outdoor locations, and other have been modified with activities that can be done following distancing and grouping guidelines. Screening, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick, and getting tested are all part of maintaining a safe program. To ensure the safety of program participants and naturalists, we will:

  •  Work with small groups. Either individuals or family units will be working with as little mixing as possible with other participants.
  • Have staggered start times when feasible. Family groups may be rotating through stations to aid in physical distancing.
  • Provide more informal programs and activities. This will avoid situations where all registrants are gathered together. Each family group can do activities after a minimum amount of instruction from the naturalist or interaction with other participants.
  • Shorten programs or modify activities that are not possible to do while complying with masking and physical distancing.
  • Rely on parents to monitor their children and ensure they follow safety and physical distancing.
  • Ask families to either bring supplies from home or pay a materials fee. This will reduce the need for sharing equipment.

PARTICIPANT WAIVER

Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, each individual, or if under 18 a parent or Guardian, will complete a participant waiver which requires that all participants agree to follow the following procedures established by the Society.

  • The parent or guardian understand that program may need to be canceled on short notice due to government order, child or staff illness, or other emergency.
  • The parent or guardian will be able to return to the program within one hour of being notified by phone if the child must be picked up.
  • If any of the following apply, individuals and families will be asked not to attend in-person programs, and will receive a full refund or any program or materials fees paid:
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • If the participant(s) temperature the morning of the program is 100.4° or higher.
  • If participant has taken any fever reducing medications such acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the past 24 hours.
  • If the participant or anyone in participant’s household has potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, shortness of breath or persistent dry cough, in the 72 hours prior to the start of program.
  • If the participant or anyone in participant’s household awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • If the participant or anyone in participant’s household is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Program Consent

I am aware that while participating in a program or activity arranged by the Calvert Nature Society (hereinafter known as “Society”), certain risks and dangers may be present, including but not limited to those generally associated with certain activities, accidents, illness, and forces of nature. I agree to indemnify and defend the Calvert Nature Society and hold it harmless from and against any and all claims, suits, damages, liabilities and expenses, including attorney’s fees and the Society’s costs of defense in connection with the loss of life, personal or bodily injury and/or damage to or loss of property that arises from the participation in a Society sponsored program except to the extent that such loss or damage is occasioned by the negligent act or omission of the Society, its officers, agents or employees and no negligence on the part of the Participant. The Society has my consent to secure treatment at the closest hospital in the event of a medical emergency.

About us

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Contact us

For General Information, Event Registrations, and Facility Reservations:

CypressSwamp@calvertcountymd.gov
410-535-5327

For Volunteer Opportunities:
volunteer@calvertparks.org

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.

Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org

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