The Garden is OPEN, for every child.
While the Garden’s reopening has been long-awaited and should be cause for celebration, recent national events have left us feeling anything but festive. ICG stands in solidarity with those fighting for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others whose lives have been taken by a system of injustice, violence, and racism. Read more from ICG’s Executive Director, Erin Marteal here.
As always our top priority is the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers. For our reopening to be successful we will need the full engagement and support of the community. Please read through our Know Before You Go: Guest Guidelines before your visit to the Garden and check out our at a glance guidelines below.
The health and safety of our community is Ithaca Children’s Garden’s highest priority. With this in mind, we are closely monitoring Coronavirus updates from the Tompkins County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Health Department.
We ask for your full cooperation in observing recommended protocols as outlined for the well-being of our entire community.
What we are doing to keep staff, program families, and our community safe & healthy
- Given the global and local mandate to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Ithaca Children’s Garden is CLOSED until further notice. We know how important nature is to you and your family. To help your family stay connected to community and grounded in nature we’ve launched ICG@HOME.
- All ICG educational programs and events are CLOSED through the end of the academic year following the decision of the Ithaca City School District to close all schools through the end of the academic year.
- The summer camp season of 2020 has been cancelled.
- ICG administrative staff are working from home.
- Garden staff and volunteers are abiding by protocols as outlined by NYS and Tompkins County
Steps we can all take to keep ourselves and our community strong and healthy
- Observe strict social distancing, even when apparently healthy, including avoiding physical gatherings with others and maintaining a 6′ distance from others. Stay connected with loved ones by phone and electronic communications.
- Do not spread misinformation or ignorant and racist statements.
- Frequently wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Watch this helpful handwashing tutorial!
- Wear a face mask. As of 4/4/20, the CDC advises that you wear a face mask or covering when you go someplace where it is hard to stay 6-feet away from other people, such as a supermarket or pharmacy. Easy face mask sewing pattern.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue that you then throw away.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Avoid touching shared objects in public.
- Per CDC recommendations, create a household plan of action, including a preparedness plan for if your child’s school or after school care is temporarily dismissed.
- For more information, see the Tompkins County Health Department’s COVID-19 FAQ.