COVID-19 Health & Safety

COVID-19 Health and Safety

Yellowstone Forever continues to adopt appropriate sanitization measures as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are in frequent contact with local authorities and partners such as county health departments and the National Park Service to continually monitor the situation on a regional level. We continue to closely monitor government policy changes, CDC guidelines, government mandates, and public health advancements and will continue to make changes as necessary and appropriate to operations.

These guidelines have been updated as of September 2021.

COVID-19 guidelines for program participants:

  • Program participants should stay home if they are feeling any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • At the beginning of each program participants will be asked the following screening questions. If a participant answers “yes” to any of these questions they will not be permitted to attend a Yellowstone Forever course.
    • “Have you had a fever of over 100.4 °F or experienced shortness of breath or coughing in the last 10 days?”
    • “Have you been in contact with any individual known to have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?”
  • Each participant will have their temperature taken upon arrival of each program day. If a participant has a fever, they will not be permitted on the program.
  • All participants, instructors, guest speakers, and program volunteers are required to wear masks indoors and in vehicles. Masks will not be required during hikes but will be recommended during outdoor stops where six feet of distance cannot be observed.
  • Participants should bring their own mask(s).
  • Participants will be asked to maintain social distancing practices during the program.
  • Driver and passengers are not allowed to eat or drink on Yellowstone Forever vehicles.
    • Only the program instructors are permitted to serve lunch, snacks, and drinks to participants. No food or drink self-service will be available while on the program.
  • Each vehicle will be disinfected before and after each trip.
  • Spotting scopes and binoculars will be disinfected between programs.
  • Digiscoping (phone or tablet attached to a scope) will be available so that participants can view without touching the scope, if so desired.