Visitor Rules and Regulations

In order to offer a pleasant experience for all visitors, to ensure safety, and protect the nature of Waterman Center, we ask that the following rules be observed while visiting Waterman Conservation Education Center properties.

The intent is to provide for the regulations and conduct of individuals so as to not interfere with the natural features, wildlife and vegetation within the nature preserves of Waterman Conservation Education Center sites.

Therefore, it shall be unlawful, except upon permission of the Executive Director or his/her agent, for ant person to:

  1. Start a fire.
  2. Setting up any camping.
  3. Sell, solicit or conduct any commercial enterprise distribute or disseminate leaflets, pamphlets or other written or printed material; or use loudspeakers or other amplifying equipment.
  4. Bring alcohol, illegal drugs, or fireworks of any kind, onto Waterman property.
  5. Dig trenches or holes, bury pets, or make other excavations on our properties.
  6. Bring onto any Waterman property, excluding the IBM Glen,any pets (dogs allowed but must be on a leash); or allow or permit a pet to disturb, harness, or interfere with any nature center visitor's, nature center's property or otherwise interfere with wildlife and vegetation and propose of the nature center.
  7. Use, operate or permit an automobile, ATV, golf cart, or any other motorized form of transportation (other than a one person motorized wheel chair or scooter) within the Waterman properties except upon roadways, and parking areas; or park such a vehicle within the nature properties except in a designated parking area.
  8. Wash, polish, grease, change oil or make any other non-emergency repair on any vehicle on any Waterman property.
  9. Remove, alter, injure, or destroy any tree, wildflower, or other plant, fungi/mushroom, rock, fossil, soil or mineral within the Center's properties.
  10. Kill, trap, hunt, pursue or in any manner disturb or cause to be disturbed, any species of wildlife, including antlers, fur, or bones.
  11. Intentionally or carelessly leave behind any refuse, litter, materials, containers, or other items.
  12. Release or abandon any domestic animal or introduce any plant, chemical or other agent.
  13. Ride, tether, lead or permit a horse, burro, or other beast of burden within the Center's properties.
  14. Swim or wade.
  15. To place chalk drawing, paintings, signs, flagging, or other forms of marking.
  16. Operate a bicycle only on roadways, and parking areas; or park such a vehicle within the properties except in a designated parking area.
  17. No person shall be permitted on the Center's properties between dusk and dawn.
  18. No smoking on any Waterman properties.
  19. Conduct any public meetings, assemblies, entertainment, parades, demonstrations or special events within the center's properties without first applying for permission at least 30 days in advance and obtaining a written permit from the executive director, and then only in area and at such times designated in the permit.
    1. Special events, or any organized activity conducted on Waterman property for the benefit of the general public, not directly organized and supervised by the center management may be allowed by written permit providing:
      1. There is meaningful association between the center and the event.
      2. The event contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of Waterman.
      3. The event can be staged without undue impact on the area's resources and other Waterman uses or programs.
    2. Any person, organization or group wishing to conduct such a special event or assembly on the center's properties must first submit a completed form to the executive director 30 days before the event is scheduled to begin:
      1. The permit application must state:
        1. Name of the event and sponsoring entity.
        2. Name and information of contact person.
        3. The nature of the event they desire to conduct.
        4. The time period over which it would be conducted, including the date of commencing and ending.
        5. The portion of the property to be used.
        6. A detailed description of all activities connected with the event.
        7. Description of plans to clean up and police the area after the event.
      2. The executive director shall have the authorly to issue conditions upon the permits to qualify the events for the purposes set forth herein.
      3. Any person, organization or group to whom a permit is issued shall have the written permit in their possession during the period for which the permit is issued.