In light of potential air quality issues in our community due to wildfires, and with safety as our first priority, Nearby Nature has created the following policies with respect to air quality and programming at our site in Alton Baker Park and other areas in the community. These policies will be amended as needed. (Updated 7-8-21)
Monitoring: On each day that there is a potential air quality issue, we will monitor the AQI (Air Quality Index) starting an hour and a half before a scheduled program. The main source of information we will use for making this determination is the real time Purple Air monitor that we have at our site in Alton Baker Park (as well as other Purple Air monitors around the community if needed). See https://www2.purpleair.com/. If you allow Purple Air to access your location, you can find our monitor in Alton Baker Park.
1 — If the AQI index is 1-100 (good to moderate), and it looks like it will remain that way, we will run our program for the day. If we are running our program, you WILL NOT hear from us.
2 — If the AQI is between 101 and 150, and is trending downwards, or staying about the same, we will most likely run our program for the day. You will need to consider for yourself whether you want to send your child to our program (or attend yourself) at this level (unhealthy for sensitive groups). We will keep our activities low key on days with air quality in this range. Again, if we are running our program, you WILL NOT hear from us.
3 — If the AQI is between 101 and 150, and is trending upwards, we will most likely cancel our program for the day. You will get an email from Nearby Nature (if you have pre-registered for a program) if we are cancelling our program, by an hour before the program’s scheduled time. For public programs that do not require pre-registration, we will post cancellations on our website calendar an hour before the program’s scheduled start.
4 — If the AQI is over 150, and staying the same or trending upward, we will cancel our program for the day. You will get an email from Nearby Nature if we are cancelling our program by an hour before the program’s scheduled start time. For public programs that do not require pre-registration, we will post cancellations on our website calendar an hour before the program’s scheduled start..
5 — If the air quality declines dramatically during your program day, and it is unsafe to continue the program, you will get an email/text/call from your child’s instructor asking for a pick-up as soon as possible (for youth programs).
Refunds/Program Credits: If we cancel program days due to poor air quality, we will offer pro-rated program credits or refunds at the end of your program session. You will also be invited to make your accumulated credit a donation to our Every Child Outside Fund. Such a donation would be very much appreciated as the added administrative time needed for making refunds and the income lost due to program cancellations is a hardship for Nearby Nature’s finances.