COVID-19 Update from NALMS
Dear NALMS members & supporters:
With the news regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) changing day-by-day, we wanted to take a brief moment to let you know the steps NALMS is taking to ensure the safety of our Board, staff, members, and partners, as well as the overall health of our organization.
In an effort to follow the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and flatten the curve, NALMS Board of Directors will no longer be meeting in person for our spring midterm meeting, originally scheduled for April in Minneapolis, MN. Plans are underway to schedule an online meeting, thus ensuring the safety of our Board and staff, while continuing NALMS’ important work. Our two staff members – Philip Forsberg out of Colorado Springs, CO; and Alyssa Anderson out of Madison, WI – currently already work remotely and will continue to do so. As much of our committee and program work is done virtually, our day-to-day operations should continue as normal as possible under the circumstances.
At this time we are unsure if our 40th Annual Symposium – to be held November 16-20, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN – will be affected. Our most fervent hope is that plans will commence as scheduled, but, of course, the well-being of our attendees, members, Board of Directors, and staff is our highest priority. Meanwhile, we urge potential presenters to submit abstracts by the May 15th deadline, thereby allowing Planning Committee members to provide timely information regarding the technical content of the Symposium. Should plans change, updates will be provided via email and on our conference website.
As always, we value your support, especially during times of uncertainty. Stay well.
NALMS Executive Committee
on behalf of the NALMS Board of Directors (pictured)
Stuck at home? Check out these useful resources & activities to help you and your family use your time wisely:
- NALMS Student Poster Contest – all students grades 1-12 are welcome to take part! Deadline for digital submissions is May 15th. Check out our contest webpage for more information.
- Learn some fun facts about lakes using our Lakes Appreciation BINGO card – color in the picture on the back and share it with us on social media!
- Check out these live lake webcams – it will feel like you’re actually there (almost).
- From our friends at Nature Alberta: “Nature has not been canceled. Take care of your mental health by going for a nature walk, add some birdseed to your feeder, or practice some winter photography.”
For remote workers:
Resources compiled by the River Network team.
- Nonprofit Pandemic Resources by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofit Organizations
- A Guide to Remote Working for Nonprofits by Wild Apricot
- Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak by TechSoup
- Tech Tips for Working Remotely During COVID-19 by Earth Institute at Columbia University
- A Good Time to Get Good at Virtual Meetings by Spitfire Solutions