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The safety and well-being of our staff and community is our top priority

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We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 response guidelines from state agencies. We are also following the developments with federal CARE Act relief funds, in order to inform how we proceed with financially sustaining our program and our staff.

And we are still ecstatic about getting outside to enjoy the beauty and wonders of Spring! It is our hope that we are able to continue supporting all of you in connecting to the earth and to our community of wild nature nurturing during this time that we are physically apart.

Regular, in-person Primitive Pursuits programs are currently suspended until at least April 15th. We have begun distance learning programs with our Homeschool and Preschool students, and hope to invite the greater community into our Home-learning programs soon!

The Cornell Cooperative Extension building, where our office is housed, is also closed until further notice. If you'd like to reach us, please email us at primitivepursuitscamp@gmail.com.

Refund policy for spring programs cancelled because of COVID-19:

We know that the current situation has been challenging for our organization, our community, and our families. We are all experiencing hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Primitive Pursuits is committed to exploring ways we can lessen the hardship on our Primitive Pursuits families, our staff, and our wider community, while striving to ensure the survival of our organization.

During this closure, many of the expenses of running Primitive Pursuits will continue, and our insurance policy does not cover closure due to a pandemic. Salaries are the largest part of our budget (as they should be!), and our staff are being paid at reduced hours during the closure to ensure they are able to support themselves and their families and return to work when we reopen. As a non-profit program that puts every last penny back into free and reduced-cost programming for those that need it most, we do not have reserves to draw from to cover the cost of these closures that are beyond our control.

Due to this, we are not able to offer refunds for spring programs that have been cancelled. For families who are also experiencing financial hardship, we will offer program credit to our summer 2020 programs. If your family needs such a credit, please call or send an email.

Refund policy for Primitive Pursuits summer camps:

As of March 26th, our leadership team has committed to return all 2020 Summer Camp fees, by request, in the event of summer camps being cancelled by state authorities due to COVID-19. Your financial support is crucial to our financial well-being at this time, and we do not want fears of losing money to prevent you all from signing up. Our refund policies for cancellations that you request still remain. But 100% of your camp fees will be refundable in the event of COVID-19 cancellations.

Last but not least… Get outside!

There are lots of great reasons to go outside even if we can’t take your children out into the woods and wilds, and we encourage all who can to do so! Physical activity boosts immunity. Sunlight kills viruses and gives us Vitamin D, which is an immune-booster. Time in nature is calming. We hope you find as many ways as possible to get outside with family over the next few weeks and enjoy the gifts of Spring.

We wish you all health and strength in this difficult time. We are grateful for you, and while we can’t reach out with our hands right now we are reaching out with our hearts.

May the Forest Be With You,

The Primitive Pursuits Team


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Updated 3/20/20, 1:16 PM
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