Coastal Rivers and COVID-19

Coastal Rivers and COVID-19

A letter from Executive Director Steven Hufnagel

(Updated July 28, 2020)

Dear Members and Friends,

We at Coastal Rivers are doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We have canceled all in-person events and programs (including workshops, volunteer work days, after-school programs, trainings, vacation camps and more) through January 1, 2021. And with great regret, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Camp Mummichog summer day camp program. We issued refunds where applicable.

We are offering remote learning workshops, programs, even guided hikes with naturalist Sarah Gladu. These are posted on our events page as they are scheduled. Recordings of past workshops are available here.

Secondly, we are not conducting any in-person meetings, like board or committee meetings, during this time. Meetings are taking place through videoconferencing and conference calling.

Additionally, our offices and indoor facilities are closed to the public. Most staff are working from home. This means our usual welcome flag won’t be up and the door will be locked, even if you see a car in the driveway. We truly miss all our visitors and the cheer you bring us.

We’re still doing our best to keep in close touch, though our snail mail response times are much slower.

Email is the best way to reach us with most of us working remotely.

Our dozens of natural areas and our 48 miles of trails remain open. And, provided you practice social distancing and public health guidelines out on the trail and at the trailhead, we encourage you if you’re able to go forth into the fresh air.

Being out in nature is certainly helping me keep my head clearer and my heart calmer at a moment of fast-paced news and concern. I hope it may do the same for you. Please know how appreciative we are that you’ve helped make such important resources available to our community.

With gratitude for all of you and the wonderful community of which we’re a part,

Steven Hufnagel
Executive Director
Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust