Our COVID-19 Response: Changes, Precautions, and Helping Our Community

Wolf River Conservancy Response to COVID-19: March and April Events & Projects Postponed

The Wolf River Conservancy wants to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, donors, staff and partners. At this time, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all events and projects through the end of April. We will continue to monitor guidelines from the CDC and Shelby County Health Department for how we handle future events and will keep you informed of any forthcoming decisions.

Events that will be postponed include:

In lieu of the group activities scheduled for April, we are currently working on several virtual program ideas – stay tuned for more information!

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. For general questions, please contact us at or by phone at (901) 452-6500.

If you need to reach out to someone on our team, the directory is below:

Keith Cole
Executive Director

Kelsey Hamilton
Chief Development Officer

Bob Rogalski
Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Hall
Director of Conservation


Mark Jordan
Director of Development

Jackie Doyle
Office Manager

Nick Wiggins
Community Conservation Manager

Matt Winemiller
Marketing & Development Manager

Cathy Justis
Director of Education

Jim Gafford
Director of Outreach



Our staff will be available to answer your questions and address your concerns via email, by phone, and on social media, as our office has transitioned to a virtual office for all staff effective March 13th.

To monitor latest updates regarding the Wolf River Conservancy and our response to COVID-19, please follow us on our website at, by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  We are adding to the resources available to teachers, students, and families on our website, social media, and other online platforms.  Please visit our Education Pages at this link, and check back frequently for updates and new material. 

Also visit our Activity Calendar for upcoming virtual programs

We appreciate your support and commitment to the Wolf River Conservancy, and we will continue to update you regarding our response to future events and programs.

Please join us is helping our human community during this health crisis by, first, following all guidelines from the Shelby County Health Department and the CDC, and also by considering the following actions:

1. Donate:  The Mid-South Food Bank and the Community Foundation's COVID-19 Regional Response Fund are among the organizations helping people in need.

2. Volunteer:  If you can volunteer, for an organization or in your neighborhood, you are needed.

3. Support local businesses:  There has never been a better time to order take-out meals. 

You can support our natural community as well:

1. Watch those wipes!  They're great for disinfecting surfaces, but are terrible if they end up in our rivers. When shopping for food, please make sure used wipes don't end up on the ground.  Neither should wipes be flushed down toilets where they can clog sewer pipes.  Used wipes should be discarded in the trash.

2. Remove exotic invasive plants.  Please wear gloves, be safe, watch out for thorns. Consider it a conservation workout  We suggest Privet or Bradford Pear.  Email Ryan Hall for more information.

3. Join the citizen scientist community.  When you're enjoying the outdoors, there are great app's like iNaturalist and eBird to help you both identify what you find on the trail and add to the data available to scientists.  Also try Merlin for identifying bird.



Posted by Cathy Justis at 12:11 PM