Natural Area Visitor Guidelines

The following rules apply to The Nature Conservancy’s statewide preserve system in Vermont. Other rules may apply on public lands the Conservancy helped protect but which are now owned and managed by state, federal or municipal authorities or by other nonprofit groups. Please respect and obey all posted rules at any site you visit.

  • Visitors use these natural areas and parks at their own risk.
  • Use designated parking; don’t park on private property or block public roads.
  • Please sign in and write comments at the visitor sign-in box.
  • Service animals are welcome. Please leave all other pets at home.
  • Hiking, birding, photography, nature study and other non-motorized uses welcome.
  • Please obey state guidelines and postings and stay at least 200 feet away from nesting loons, nesting common terns and nesting peregrine falcons. If a bird becomes agitated at any time of the year, retrace your steps and give it the space necessary.
  • Keep group sizes small.

For all requests, contact the Director of Critical Lands and Conservation Science at 802-229-4425 ext. 108

  • Hunting is allowed on 54 of our 55 preserves but some lands require permission. See our list HERE. Specific restrictions may apply by natural area.
  • Visitors to Conservancy-owned preserves may encounter hunters from October 1 to December 31 and in May.
  • Rock and ice climbing are allowed at the Conservancy’s natural areas by permission only.
  • We encourage research on our land, but projects must be pre-approved.
  • To host a field trip, call at least one month in advance.

To safeguard the natural resources of this land and ensure safe and compatible human use, please avoid the following activities:

  • All motorized vehicles, ATVs, trail bikes and bicycles are prohibited except in emergencies.
  • Please do not bring dogs, horses and pack animals on trails as their presence can threaten wildlife, introduce invasive species and damage trails for other users.
  • Please respect the land; do not remove plants, animals, artifacts or rocks.
  • Do not camp, light fires or leave litter.