An update about the COVID-19 situation and Riverbend
The safety of our community and staff is of the utmost priority. We continue to monitor the ongoing public health situation and follow the guidelines set forth by state and local officials. Riverbend is also following the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We hope that you can find solace, inspiration, and joy in nature at a time when uncertainty is our close companion. Our nature preserve continues to stay open from dawn to dusk for your enjoyment. Signs of spring are starting to pop up along our trails and in our ponds.
Riverbend’s facilities and offices, including restrooms, are closed until further notice. Our core team continues to work from home. We are staying connected, thanks to technology. Rest assured, our resident animals and aquaponics greenhouse are being tended to.
While visiting the preserve:
- If you are sick, please stay at home.
- Practice Physical Distancing. Keep a 6’ distance from others while hiking.
- Don’t recreate in groups - only hike with those who live under the same roof.
- Bring and use hand sanitizer.
- Don’t touch your face, eyes, or nose.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or in your elbow.
- If our parking lot is full, please leave and return at another time. Do not park on Spring Mill Road or in any areas leading to the barn or farmhouse. Ticketing may be enforced by local authorities.
- Please close our gates when you go in and out to help us control deer.
- Leave nothing but footprints - Please carry out your trash.
- Make sure that dogs are leashed and kept away from others at all times. Please clean up after your pets.
- Resources for Home-Based Learning: We have created a page of various resources on our website. This comprehensive list includes outdoor learning and nature hikes, science podcasts for kids, nature-based arts and crafts, virtual field trips, and access to a many subjects including animals and birds, weather and earth science, oceanography, astronomy and more. Please visit the resource page here.
- Spring Programs: All currently scheduled spring programs are cancelled though June 5th. This includes all school, year-round camp, scout and most volunteer programs.
- Farm to Table: Our annual outdoor gala scheduled for Sunday, May 31st is cancelled. An essential part of our fundraising plan, we are currently working on alternative plans to offer engagement and will keep you updated with new information as these plans develop.
- The CDC’s guidelines for individuals to help prevent the spread of illness
- Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Covid19 Update
- National Recreation and Park Association’s recommendations for Keeping a Safe Social Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Montgomery County, PA Coronavirus Information Page
Please Stay Connected
As this situation evolves, we will follow the recommendations and guidance set forth by public health officials. This page will be updated as needed.
Please stay connected with us on social media. We are working to bring you additional helpful content and information which we will share on these channels. You can also sign up for our emails to receive important information and updates.