Riveredge No Dogs or Pets Policy Explained

So many new people have been visiting Riveredge Nature Center lately, and that’s wonderful! Unfortunately, we may not have always done the best job of explaining our no dogs or pets policy at Riveredge.

In this video, the Riveredge Research & Conservation Manager explains why Riveredge is such a special habitat for native and migratory wildlife, animals that don’t have another home or backyard to return to, and why we therefore do not allow dogs or other pets on the property, as domesticated animals can be disruptive to these sensitive habitats.

Please join us in embracing Riveredge as a sanctuary for these unique and often uncommon plants and animals, and help us spread the word that Riveredge is a sanctuary for wildlife; not domesticated pets.

If you’d like to explore outdoors with dogs, you’re in luck as dozens of locations exist in the immediate area where one can bring dogs outdoors. Parks in Ozaukee County, Washington County, Wisconsin, and Sheboygan, Wisconsin welcome leashed dogs. Please see this list for locations to bring dogs outdoors:

Ozaukee County

Covered Bridge Park, Ehlers Park, Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Hawthorne Hills Park, Mee-Kwon Park, River Oaks Park, Tendick Nature Park, Virmond Park, Waubedonia Park, Ozaukee Interurban Trail.

Washington County

Ackerman’s Grove County Park Family Park, Glacier Hills County Park, Goeden County Park, Heritage Trails County Park, Homestead Hollow County Park (includes off-leash exercise area), Leonard J. Yahr County Park, Lizard Mound County Park, Sandy Knoll County Park.

Sheboygan County

Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park & Campground, Taylor Park, Esslingen Park, Roy Sebald Sheboygan River Natural Area, Gerber Lake Wildlife Area, Amsterdam Dunes Preservation Area