How the Society is Responding to COVID-19—UPDATE.

Message updated July 30

Programs at the Society

While most programs will remain online, the Society is planning on offering the Introduction to Woody ID course, the Woody Plant ID 2 course, and the Master Garden Program as in-person* programs this fall.

Social distancing and hygiene measures for these programs:  

  • Limiting class size.  
  • Seating students 2 m apart; arranging the furniture to support this distancing protocol. 
  • Cleaning the tables before the start of each class. 
  • Conducting identification walks (in class and optional) in small groups. Spacing will be maintained by taking turns viewing the plants up close.  
  • Wearing a mask when required by the City of Calgary bylaw and encouraging the wearing of a mask when not required by the bylaw (students are required to bring their own mask).
  • Providing hand sanitizer for in class use.  

*In-Person Caveat  

The safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff, members, and program participants is important to us. The Society is following all public health orders and City bylaws and regulations to make participation in the program as safe as possible. While the Society will do its best to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, registrants must recognize that participation is not risk free, that their well-being is their responsibility, and that they cannot hold the Society responsible if they become ill.   

Participants must wear a mask when required by the City bylaw. Participants are responsible for bringing their own mask. If a participant feels ill, he or she must stay home. A refund will be provided to participants who cancel for health reasons.  

The Society reserves the right to modify the presentation format of any program (including cancelling it), at any time, to ensure the safety of all participants. If the Society cancels a program, registrants will be reimbursed.  

 Please help us ensure a safe learning environment by being aware of the Alberta Public Health recommendations and by following them. Visit the Alberta Health Services site and Calgary.ca to get and stay informed and take precautions; if you become symptomatic, stay home and call 8-1-1. 


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