Critter Kids Nature Playgroup

Join WisCorps for our upcoming Critter Kids sessions!

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For children of all abilities, ages 2-5 with an adult. Each week we will explore a different nature topic through hikes, outdoor education, music, puppetry, songs, stories, and more! All abilities welcome!

NOTE: Due to WisCorps Pandemic Protocol, the max number of participants is 6 adult and child pairs per session. Unfortunately, snacks cannot be offered during this time.

Winter Wonderland Dates:

Tuesdays, January 19 –  February 23 2021 OR

Thursdays, January 21 – February 25 2021

Spring Saunter Dates:

Tuesdays, April 13 – May 18 2021

OR

Thursdays, April 15 – May 2021

 

Time: 9:30–10:45 am

Cost: $50 for one adult and child, 6-week session

For accommodations and more information: 608-782-2494 ext. 223   steph.hanna@wiscorps.org

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COVID Protocol Questions

What protections and procedures are in place to fight community spread of COVID-19?

WisCorps & Myrick Park Center have stringent safety protocol in place. We have reduced to 25% operating capacity to ensure ample room for social distancing. Face coverings are required (see question below for more details). Teachers or children must stay home if they are not feeling well. Teachers will teaching and reinforce good hygiene practices and hand washing. Close contact will be minimized and cleaning protocols are significantly enhanced.

What measures are in place to foster a sense of normalcy for children in a pandemic world?

Daily routines and structure offer stability during times of stress and create an environment that empowers children to build confidence and independence. Social and emotional learning is an important area of development for children. Critter Kids Nature Playgroup creates a structured environment with small group sizes to continue socialization in a safe environment. Social distancing will be taking place throughout the day but we work within these parameters of the pandemic to still provide important aspects of socialization such as using manners, acts of kindness, inclusion, and emotional awareness.

Will the staff, adults, and children have to wear masks?

Masks are required for staff and adults, and children age 5 or older. Children under age 5 are encouraged to wear a mask. As educators in science, we feel strongly it is important to follow where the science takes us! Current research shows masks are a simple and effective tool during the pandemic. This tool offers stability to programs by decreasing the risk of virus spread which helps us create a safe environment and continue to provide services.  Children do not have to wear a face covering while outdoors if appropriately socially distanced from other children.

What is your illness protocol?

Staff, parents, and campers should know the symptoms of COVID-19:

(list updated from La Crosse County Health Department 8/20/20)

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Runny nose

  • Congestion

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Cough

  • Tiredness

  • Headache

  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Staff and families should notify WisCorps and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness and will be asked to STAY HOME until they are symptom-free for 72 hours.

Children have always been monitored for signs of illness during day camps and now this will include signs of COVID-19. Any camper who becomes unwell during day camp will be immediately asked to return home.  Children or staff who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the county’s current recommendations for self-isolation.

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WisCorps, Inc.

789 Myrick Park Dr.

La Crosse, WI 54601

608-782-2494

staff@wiscorps.org