Arboretum Dog Policy

We love dogs too, but not in the Arb!
Here's why:
  • We strive to protect plant and wildlife biodiversity:
    • The lingering scent of dogs alters native wildlife patterns
    • Dog waste, especially urine, is extremely harmful to plants
  • We want to keep your pets safe from the various poisonous and thorny plants throughout the Arboretum
  • We are complying with the Gustavus Adolphus College campus policy

Many of us have probably never considered the impact our furry friends are having on the wildlife and plant communities/ecosystems in our favorite dog-walking locations. It is important to be aware of some of the consequences, especially if that area is a protected park or arboretum, dedicated to preserving, growing, studying, and sharing various often endangered or native species.

Bringing our pets, particularly our dogs, into these areas can have devastating short- and long-term effects on the plant life and wildlife, and their habitats, protected by these areas, even if pets are on a leash! The lingering scent of dogs, both bodily and from urine/feces, alters the natural patterns and interactions for many species, including foraging habits, nest or burrow location, and range of habitat. 

For more information, please check out some of the following resources:
For nearby parks and trails to walk your furry friends, please check out the links and locations below: