Rules and Regulations


Please continue to follow all posted regulations.

Face masks are required when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

PLEASE remember to follow all of the federal, state and local guidelines.

We ask that visitors to Laurelwood Arboretum observe the following recommendations for the safety of everyone:

  • Please follow public health guidance, including social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • While on trails, let others know of your presence as you pass and step aside to let others pass.
  • Do not congregate in groups.
  • Do not visit the park if you are quarantined due to COVID-19 or have any symptoms of the virus.
  • Be advised that our public restrooms are closed until further notice.

The Knippenberg Center for Education will remain closed, and all events, programs and volunteer activities will remain suspended, until further notice. Without the volunteers, our four outdoor employees have been hard at work maintaining and beautifying the arboretum. They are complying with all public health guidance. Please give them the room they need so that they can continue their work unimpeded.

Please help us preserve the arboretum’s serene atmosphere and maintain its unique and beautiful collections by observing the following rules and regulations.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and illegal drugs are not permitted in the arboretum.

Ball/Frisbee Playing

Ball and Frisbee playing are prohibited.

Carryout Trash

Visitors must carry out their own trash or garbage.


Children under the age of 13 must be supervised by an adult.


Dogs must be leashed at all times and kept on trails and roadways. Dog waste must be picked up and carried out of the park or disposed of in the receptacle in the parking lot. Please do not allow dogs to urinate or walk on the plantings.


Drones are not permitted in the arboretum.

Events, Groups & Group Activities

Registration is required for meetings, events, programs and activities. Information and the usage application form for outdoor activities is available here. Information and the usage application form for the Knippenberg Center is available here.


Fireworks, rockets, firecrackers or any explosives are strictly prohibited.

Food & Beverages

Grilling and picnicking are not allowed in the arboretum.

Visiting Groups

In light of our LIMITED PARKING FACILITIES – NO BUSES ALLOWED.  Group visits are limited to 25 or fewer people.
An Application for a Group Visit must be submitted and approved at least 2 weeks prior to the Visit.
Contact us at for more information.

Laurelwood Arboretum is a Wayne Township public park situated alongside Pines Lake, a private residential community.
Please be mindful of the local neighborhood.

Motorized Vehicles

All motorized vehicles, including ATVs and snowmobiles, are strictly prohibited.


Registration is required for wedding photography and other professional photography shoots. Information and the professional photography application form is available here. For further information, please send an email to

Private Events

The policy of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, as adopted by the Board of Directors, is not to allow any private events in the arboretum, including birthday, anniversary and other celebrations, memorial services, and religious observances, with the exception of wedding ceremonies and photo shoots where the unique plantings and landscapes in the arboretum provide beautiful backdrops and
will be featured in the photos.

Protecting the Plantings

Collecting or picking any plants, fruits, seeds or moving plant labels is strictly prohibited. Anyone found removing plants, trees or other township property from the arboretum will be reported to the police.

Sculpture Trail

Do not walk through gardens. Stay on the paths and lawns. Do not touch or climb on sculptures.


Smoking is not permitted. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes.

Swimming, Wading, Skating and Fishing

Swimming, wading, skating and fishing are prohibited.


Registration is required for wedding ceremonies in the arboretum. Information and the Usage Application form is available here. For further information, please send an email to


Do not feed or disturb the fish or wildlife. It is a violation of New Jersey State law.

The above Rules and Regulations conform to Code 129-20 of the Township of Wayne and will be enforced by the Police Department. Security surveillance cameras are in place throughout the arboretum to ensure compliance with these rules and regulations.

Thank you for your understanding, and enjoy your visit.

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