Pets are permitted at most of our nature preserves but must be leashed at all times to keep people, other pets, and wildlife safe. No exceptions! Violators may be asked to leave the preserve.
Please note that dogs and other pets are prohibited at Stoneleigh: a natural garden. (Licensed service animals are welcome as required by law.)
Here are some important reasons to leash your dog:
- Fido’s safety
Ticks are abundant in meadows and woods throughout the region. If your dog wanders off the trail, he could be exposed to Lyme disease. No matter how well-behaved your pet, excitement can get the better of him.
- other visitors
Even though she’s wonderful, other visitors may not want to get to know your dog. The preserve is here for everyone to enjoy. Some visitors may not feel welcome if they are concerned about being approached by an off-leash dog.
Though it may seem harmless to let your dog run free and play in the woods, fields, and wetlands, try looking at it from a Bluebird’s point of view. An unleashed dog can disturb feeding, mating, nesting, and rearing young—not just for Bluebirds but for many other wildlife species as well.