Friends and Neighbors,
As a public health precaution
to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Nature Discovery Center is temporarily closing, effective March 17 until
further notice. The
health and safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors, and their loved ones is
our top priority. We appreciate your understanding as we do our part to keep
our community safe.
We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the
CDC, WHO, City of Bellaire and the City of Houston. The exact length
of our closure will be determined as we learn more from these organizations and
government entities in the days and weeks ahead. Please keep an
eye on our social media accounts while we’re closed for further updates. Russ Pitman Park remains open, and we encourage you
to enjoy time outdoors during this stressful time.
The Nature Discovery Center
building is now closed, and all programs and events through March
31 have been cancelled, suspended, or postponed. If you registered for a program, or booked a program with the
Center during this closure period, we will reach out to you
separately if you haven’t already heard from us. For more information
email email@example.com or
call 713-667-6550. Note that we will continue to update our
cancellations and postponements as this public health crisis continues and the
length of our closure is more certain.
During the closure, our
animals will remain under the continued care of our Animal Care
Coordinator and other trained staff. With our position on the Texas Gulf Coast,
we have weathered many emergency closures with animal care contingencies in place,
and we are ready to provide our animals with quality care throughout the
anticipated closure period. Though this virus is believed to have originated in a non-human
animal host, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not received
any reports of wildlife or animals in human care becoming sick with COVID-19,
the disease caused by novel coronavirus.
Please stay healthy, spend some
quality time in nature, and we’ll see you again soon!
~ NDC Staff