A Message to Our Preserve Friends


​In accordance with Governor Mills’ Executive Order 28 on March 31, 2020, the Preserve will continue to keep our natural areas open as places for essential activities. We hope they bring you solace and provide a needed connection to the natural world.

April 3, 2020

Dear Preserve Friends,

The Preserve is pleased that we can continue to provide access to our natural lands during the pandemic. We have been closely monitoring the situation at Little Long Pond and we are following recommendations from Maine’s Governor’s office and the CDC to provide a safe experience for everyone.

When visiting Little Long Pond, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Prepare before you come – try to visit when the lands and trails are generally not busy.

  • No restroom facilities are available.

  • Practice social distancing – stay at least six feet apart. Step off trails to let others pass.

  • Only park in designated areas.

  • If your dog cannot be recalled by your voice commands, keep it on a leash.

  • Pick up your dog’s waste.

  • Remember, no bicycles are permitted.

Click here for outdoor recreation guidelines from the Maine conservation community.

We have received a few inquiries regarding the Preserve's off-leash dog policy at Little Long Pond. Currently, we are following guidance from the CDC which states, “…at this time there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.” The Preserve will continue to allow dogs off-leash at Little Long Pond only if they are under complete voice control and within the owner’s sight.  If your dog has a tendency to jump on others and/or is not fully responsive to your voice commands, then you should keep your dog on-leash and close to your side. 

Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden will remain closed for now. The opening schedule for our gardens will be determined later in the spring. Please do not try to enter the gardens while they are closed.

Our team is working remotely or in staggered shifts while practicing social distancing and disinfection protocols. Our Development Office is currently unable to print thank you letters for memberships and other donations. We truly appreciate your generosity and will send those letters as soon as we are back in the office.

Please email info@gardenpreserve.org with any questions or comments.

Thank you for doing your part to help flatten the curve. Together, we will get through this.

Warm regards,
Rodney Eason, CEO

The mission of the Land & Garden Preserve is to share the beauty of historic lands and gardens on Mount Desert Island.

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PO Box 208   |   Seal Harbor, ME  04675

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