MT. PLEASANT — For nature lovers and those looking for fun, kid-friendly summer activities, the Oakland Mills Nature Center is set to reopen June 6.
The center will welcome the public back with limited hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be following state guidelines and public health measures.
Danika Cox, Henry County Conservation’s assistant naturalist, said the center will be adhering to the 10-person gathering limitation within the center. If the facility reaches capacity, incoming visitors will be asked to wait outside. Cox added there is no reservation time and entrance into the center is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The center also will be moving their usual summer camps for kids and campground programs to a more virtual format. Cox said the center originally had at least 22 camps planned which are usually held at the center. To adjust to limitations and restrictions, summer activities will instead be available in packets which will include a link to a video on the topic being covered, fact sheets and activities as well as supplies for a craft.
This year, topics include bugs, constellations, pioneers, fishing in the river, Native Americans, recycling, birds and frogs. Subjects will be divided up by age group, which have yet to be set. The packets can be purchased online at mycountyparks.com and can be picked up at the center during business hours.
“Even though we’re not having in-person summer camps, we’re trying to get involved using these at-home camps instead. It’s not ideal but we want to be involved — we’re still here and we’re doing everything we can to stay active in the community,” Cox said.
Though a start date hasn’t been determined for the at-home camps, Cox also added she expects they will be up within the next several weeks.
In addition to the summer camps, Cox said the center hopes to resume family programming and Acord Club adult activities by the beginning of July.
“I’d really suggest people continue to check our website and social media pages for updates,” she said.
Cox added she’s excited to be welcoming people back to the center.
“I miss people. I hope everyone stays safe and is taking the necessary precautions,” she added.