We're planning our re-opening!

May 14th, 2020

ALL VISITORS TO REFLECTION RIDING ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VISIT PASS DURING PHASE 1 OF OUR REOPENING PLAN.

WELCOME BACK!

We’ve missed having you on the property. Here’s what you need to know about our reopening plan. Please read the whole thing; we know it’s long and we thank you for your patience and compliance.

  • All visitors are required to have a Visit Pass during Phase One of our reopening plan, both Members and Non-Members. You can sign up for your pass below these instructions or on Eventbrite.
  • Sign up for a two-hour window from the options below.
  • If you are a Member, your visit is included in your membership and is free-of-charge. Thank you for being a member. You do still need a permit.
  • If you are a Non-Member, become one today - info here! If that’s not right for you, we understand and still have an option for access to our 317 beautiful acres.
  • We will mirror what the National Park Service does in terms of closures and openings. Please check their website for the latest here before you leave home. Things often change quickly.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: LEAVE NO TRACE

Given the current situation, we need our members and the public to do their part. Please come prepared and take anything you bring in with you back out with you.

  • New Rules: There are a few new rules in place to make our property as safe for everyone as it can be right now.
  • Printed Pass: Print your confirmation page at the end of this process and put in the windshield of your car for your entire visit.
  • Hours: For now, the property will be open from sunrise to sunset - daylight hours, like normal.

WHAT’S OPEN

All outdoor areas that have no touchable surfaces:

  • Our trails - hooray!
  • The loop and meadow roads - hooray!
  • The pasture and the meadows - hooray!
  • You can find a map of our trails and roads here.

WHAT’S CLOSED

Everything else is closed and has been taped off:

  • Buildings, the Boardwalk, the Native Animal Exhibits, the Greenhouse, the Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Barn are closed.
  • Creek access is closed due to damage from storms and floods.
  • Any touchable surface like play equipment, buildings, benches, door handles, bathrooms, portable bathrooms are closed.
  • NOTEBathrooms are closed and there is no access to drinking water. If you plan to visit, especially with children, please be prepared.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

Because of limited staff and no volunteers during closure, you will notice that the property needs some work. We are doing our best to get through the maintenance backlog safely, quickly and efficiently. If you'd like to volunteer, let Corey Hagan, Director of Education, know by email: [email protected]

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

  • If you are sick or feeling not great, stay home.
  • Obey all local, state, and federal orders.
  • Keep a safe distance from others, at least six feet apart.
  • Stay on familiar trails - this is not a good time to get hurt or lost.
  • Respect closures and closed areas.
  • A muddy trail is a closed trail, no matter what.
  • Check updates before you come - things change every day.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
  • Use face coverings when anyone is in your line of site on the property.

THANK YOU!

Thank you for your ongoing support! We are thrilled to have you back on the property. In order to make being open work, we need to be able to do it profitably and with limited staff and volunteers. Please consider a donation today to support our recovery work. 


Frequently asked questions



WHAT ABOUT SUMMER CAMPS?

We do plan to run camps. Here are the current details. We think we can run camps in late June or certainly by July. We'll post an update on our camps webpage once we have the official OK to open camp registration. Keep in mind that we are regulated by both the City of Chattanooga and the Hamilton County Health Department. We will follow all local and federal guidelines for providing a safe camp experience.

WHAT ABOUT THE PLANT SALE? 

Great news! You can order online for delivery or pick-up. Browse our plant list and then fill out this interest form and we'll get back to you to schedule payment and delivery or pick-up.

I FOUND A BABY [RABBIT, SQUIRREL, ETC.] OR AN INJURED BIRD... 

Thanks for caring for our local wildlfie. We do not operate a rehab facility and cannot accept animals. Here are a couple of resources for you to try.

For Birds, turtles, chipmunks, call  (423) 593-3932

Raptors and Owls (423) 847-5757
Opossums (423) 255-6460
Rabbits and squirrels (540) 392-5428
Raccoons, Foxes and Skunks (423) 475-2691

To report a sick deer in TN, please visit this TWRA reporting site.

For all other wildlife issues, please contact your state wildlife resources agency. In TN, that's TWRA

WHEN CAN WE COME BACK FOR A FIELD TRIP?

We hope soon! We will be evaluating our field trip plans as the summer continues. We'll post an update on our field trip experience page once we have an official OK to open.

Posted by Mark McKnight
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