The Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden is planning to reopen after being shut down since mid-March due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Below is our plan of action to reopen the space while keeping staff and visitors safe.
- Not feeling well? Then we will see you when you are better. Prior to your visit, we ask that you do a COVID-19 self-check following guidelines from the CDC. Here is the link for you to review.
- Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our visitors, some features of the Children’s Garden will not be available for use at this time. Forest Play will remain closed until further notice.
- Please remember to maintain a minimum 6-foot distance between your group and other visitors.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- We highly recommend you and your party wear a face covering. Appropriate face coverings are required in all Garden facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.
- The Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be open regular hours.
- Stay hydrated! Our water fountains will be covered so please be sure to bring your own water bottle.
- Each time slot is for 1.5 hours. We ask that you respect your allotted time so that staff and volunteers can disinfect the space before the next group begins their exploration.
- The Children’s Garden will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Time slots available are 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (except Sunday), 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Please check your receipt for your reserved time slot.
- In case of rain, the scheduled time slot will be cancelled and visitors will need to sign up for a different time slot. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
- Visitors are required to abide by all Garden policies and instructions, both posted and as may be given on-site by Garden staff and volunteers.
- The University of Georgia is a tobacco-free campus. Tobacco use is prohibited in all Garden areas, including outdoor areas. More information is available at http://uga.edu/tobacco-free/.
- Play and explore at your own risk. Adult supervision is required in the Children’s Garden.
Most of our 2020 programming will be virtual, such as homeschool series, Insectival, Fall Festival, and Certificate in Native Plants.