About Ticks & Other Things
Partial List of Potential Risks
Ticks are an unfortunate concern in any outdoor activity on the east end of Long Island, as they are elsewhere. Parents should apply insect repellent prior to outings. EcoDiscovery staff uses Ranger Ready with picaridin, which we find to be the most effective repellent on the market. It also does not leave a greasy film or break down rubber like DEET does. We will regularly discuss ticks and check for ticks throughout our excursions, and before pick-up we will perform an inspection for ticks. HOWEVER as we will be exploring areas likely to have ticks, parents must perform comprehensive tick checks on their children after each day’s activities. Here are some resources for information about preventing tick bites.
Stinging insects can be found in any environment, even at home. Generally they can be avoided without incident, and if not, their stings are generally painful, but not truly dangerous. However in certain people with sensitivities or allergies, bee and wasp stings can be life threatening. It is absolutely essential that parents know if their child has such sensitivities or allergies, that this information be provided to event organizers, and that children be provided with (and know how to use) whatever life saving medication/device their doctors have recommended or prescribed.
Another nuisance associated with outdoor activities all over. We will learn about how to identify poison ivy and take great lengths to avoid contact. Appropriate clothing can go a long way toward preventing casual contact from becoming a bothersome rash. Despite these precautions, it is still possible that kids will unknowingly brush against poison ivy. Here is some information on preventing and treating poison ivy reactions.
Sunburn & Heat exhaustion
Parents should apply sunscreen prior to drop-off and provide kids with hats or scarves to protect from them from the sun. We will have plenty of water on hand and will regularly encourage children to drink water and/or saturate hats/scarves with water to help keep as cool as possible.
A Special Note About COVID-19
The following are some precautions we will take to mitigate risk. We are open to other suggestions.
We will NOT be requiring participants to wear masks at the current time. This may change depending upon CDC, NY State, or Suffolk County guidance or as required by the terms of our insurance. Children are always welcome to wear masks should they or their parents want to take that precaution (my son generally does).
No sharing of cups or snacks. Each child will be given single use cups as needed throughout the morning. Snacks will be distributed in the same manner.
Emphasize the importance of maintaining recommended distances and manage observation of specimens or interesting items to minimize crowding.
IF YOUR CHILD IS SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF ILLNESS, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME. WE WILL OFFER REFUNDS OR RAINCHECKS FOR DAYS MISSED DUE TO BEING OVER CAUTIOUS ABOUT THIS. THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON TO SEND YOUR CHILD IF THEY ARE NOT FEELING WELL OR IF THEY SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS.