Discovery Center Report
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Discovery Center’s
shutdown will continue until at least September 1, 2020. We will re-
evaluate our plans in mid-August based on the situation at that time.
We are working now to move some of our educational classes to an
on-line format and will post up-to-the-minute information about that
on our website and Facebook page.
We do not yet know the trajectory of this powerful virus in the
coming months or what the longer-term medical, economic and social
effects will be. We are an all-volunteer organization, and many of
our volunteers are in a particularly vulnerable age group. This virus’
ability to spread by asymptomatic carriers is particularly worrisome.
We will not have adequate testing available for our volunteers, nor
will we able to provide personal protective equipment for volunteers
and visitors. The physical layout of the Discovery Center makes it
impossible to maintain physical distancing or to disinfect the
premises as thoroughly or frequently as necessary.
We are following the lead of Michigan State University
Extension, which has suspended all in-person programming for both
youth and adults until September 1.
Although this lovely log cabin is closed to visitors, its security
monitoring and maintenance routines are active. The Discovery
Center is being cared for during this hiatus.
And the land endures. The seasons progress, the days get
longer, the animals raise their families. We hope you can get out to
experience the serenity and constancy of the Pigeon River Country
during this period of human uncertainty and anxiety.