COVID-19 Response – June 22nd Update
Welcome to the new normal at Heartland Forest – at least for now. This day has been a long time coming and we are excited to share how Heartland Forest is responding to Stage 2. It has been an emotional and financial roller coaster ride and we all know it's long from over.
Many of you may be unaware that we are a private charitable organization with no on-going government funding. At the outset of this journey we immediately lost 70% of our income. That's tough! We've made difficult decisions, we've made significant cuts and we've done all we can to protect the vulnerable populations we are so passionate about. Thanks to each one who has reached out with support during this challenging time. It continues to be such an encouragement.
Effective today, we are opening our trails for passive public use as well as meeting urgent needs by launching exciting new programs. This is worth celebrating!
We value your friendship and hope to see you soon. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions
PS There are more announcements to come!
COVID-19 Response – June 19th Update
Thank you for your patience as we navigate the ever-evolving new world we are living in. Thanks to our funding partners coupled with the announcement we are moving into Stage 2 we will have an update for you within the next few days announcing Heartland Forest’s plan for re-opening. We have missed you!
COVID-19 Response – May 28th Update
Can we first say how sad we are to provide this update … it is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our summer adventure camp for 2020. The safety of our campers, their families and our staff is the priority. Full refunds will be provided to those who have registered. Please be patient as this will take a week or so to complete. If you paid online, the card used during registration will be credited, otherwise a cheque will be issued.
We do hope to open our trails for passive use weeknights and weekends in the near future. We have heard from many of you and know that visits to Heartland Forest have been missed. We are working on blocking off our interactive play areas and the area surrounding the Nature Centre so when we do open it will just be for trail walks with reminders to use your bathroom before coming!
Heartland Forest will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide ongoing updates as needed on our website and through our social media channels.
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As you know, Heartland Forest is a private charitable organization with no government operating funds. We rely on donations, grants, events and facility booking and program revenues. Along with so many, the closure has hit us hard financially. You can help in many practical ways – visit our Nature Shop for hand-crafted items made by our special teams, make a financial donation or volunteer once we are open to the public. Your support is so appreciated.
Thank you for your understanding. From our hearts to yours – stay safe!