With the recent COVID-19 pandemic affecting both national and global organizations, Up With Trees is taking extra precautions and offering activities you can try out at home. Based on the recommendations from the Center of Disease Control, City of Tulsa, and the Tulsa County Health Department, we have postponed all events, trainings, volunteer and group activities, and group plantings until after April 30, 2020. Our highest priority is the safety and wellness of the community, so we are limiting these volunteer and event interactions to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19. However, all office and field operations will continue on as planned because as an organization there are still things we must continue to do to improve Tulsa’s urban forest. Should this change, we will notify the public immediately. Up With Trees is proactively taking health precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers per national recommendations and is actively encouraging sanitizing of the work space and hand washing at more frequent intervals. Additionally, we have asked staff members to remain at home if they feel unwell.
As a community-focused organization, we understand this pandemic has impacted our volunteers, staff and community partners. Up With Trees is working on how we can help shed a little positiviTREE. The CDC recommends social distancing in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand many individuals and families will cooperate with this and remain in their homes so as to not infect the elderly or those who are immunocompromised.
For those who are healthy, in need of fresh air or an activity for the kiddos to break up the time - Up With Trees will be providing resources and materials during the next few weeks that you can do right in your own neighborhood! These include scavenger hunts, virtual tree talks, tree identifications and more! Trees provide many healthy benefits, like reducing stress and anxiety levels, improving property values, and absorbing dangerous pollutants that allow us to breathe in clean air. As you try out these nature focused activities, please keep in mind the recommendations of the CDC and keep at least 6 feet of space between you and others.
Here are a few activities to get you started:
We understand this is a disconcerting time, but we will get through it together. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by calling our office at (918) 610 - 8733, or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.