The Ramser Arboretum Rules
1.0 Conservation of Natural and Archeological Features: Persons shall not injure, deface, destroy, or remove any plant, animal, fungi, fruit or seed, nor shall any rock or mineral or any historical or archeological artifact or feature be removed, destroyed or disturbed, except as authorized by a special permit issued by the Ramser Arboretum.
2.0 Littering, Dumping, Garbage, Sewage, and Other Material: Persons shall not bring into, leave behind, or dump any material of any kind in the Ramser Arboretum except the refuse, ashes, garbage, and other material of a picnic or other permitted activity. Such material shall be deposited in provided receptacles.
3.0 Damage to Facilities or Equipment: Persons shall not injure, deface, destroy, disturb, or remove any property of the Ramser Arboretum, including but not limited to any building, sign, equipment, or other property located within the Ramser Arboretum.
4.0 Firearms or Other Dangerous Weapons: No person except duly authorized Ramser Arboretum employees, law enforcement officers, or persons engaged in hunting in accordance with Rule 12.0 shall discharge or otherwise use a firearm of any description within the Ramser Arboretum. Persons possessing a valid license issued in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code may carry a concealed firearm within the Ramser Arboretum. No person except duly authorized Ramser Arboretum employees, law enforcement officers, or persons engaged in hunting in accordance with Rule 12.0 shall discharge or otherwise use any bow, crossbow or hunting knife within the Ramser Arboretum. No person shall possess within the Ramser Arboretum any other dangerous weapon, explosive substance, firework, air or gas gun, other missile throwing device, switchblade or dagger, metal knuckles, slingshot, or boomerang.
5.0 Noise: Persons may use a public address device, radio, compact disc player, tape recorder, musical instrument, or other sound-producing device in the Ramser Arboretum at a volume that is not audible from fifty or more feet away.
6.0 Special Events and Special Event Permits: No person shall conduct, sponsor, or promote any special event, concert, theater, athletic event, or other public activity in the Ramser Arboretum without obtaining a special event permit from the Ramser Arboretum.
7.0 Use of Intoxicants: No person shall consume or display the presence of any alcoholic beverage in the Ramser Arboretum except as may be permitted through a special event permit authorized by the Ramser Arboretum, and in accordance with the statutes of the State of Ohio. All other drug use is prohibited.
8.0 Advertising and Signs, Commercial Soliciting or Unlawful Sales, Decorations: Persons shall not post any sign, advertisement or notice within the Ramser Arboretum, except reasonable freestanding signs on the day of a permitted event provided such signs are removed at the conclusion of the event. Persons may attach decorations using only masking tape or other non-marring adhesive. Decorations shall be removed upon vacating the premises. Persons shall not beg, hawk, peddle, solicit, sell or offer for sale any article, object, privilege, or service within the Ramser Arboretum without the express written permission of the Ramser Arboretum.
9.0 Compliance with Orders of Ramser Arboretum Employees and Failure to Obey: Ramser Arboretum employees are authorized to issue reasonable orders or directives to visitors when in the employee’s opinion an activity being conducted by the visitor constitutes a hazard, endangers the personal safety of the participant or other visitors, commits a nuisance or obstruction, causes a threat of damage to facilities or natural resources, or endangers peace and good order in the Ramser Arboretum. No person shall use abusive, profane, or insulting language toward or harass any employee while performing their duties. Persons violating Ramser Arboretum Rules may be directed to leave the Ramser Arboretum.
10.0 Fires: No Person shall start a fire in the Ramser Arboretum except small fires for cooking in privately owned grills or in areas designed and designated for such purpose, or in areas that have been approved through a special use permit issued by the Ramser Arboretum. The Ramser Arboretum may prohibit fires or smoking for limited periods at any location or for any purpose when necessary for the protection of Ramser Arboretum property or the safety of visitors.
11.0 Hours of Operation and Closed Areas: The hours of operation of the Ramser Arboretum are dawn to dusk. The Ramser Arboretum may close areas of the arboretum that have been determined to be hazardous for public use because of weather, water, fire, construction, or other situations involving public health, safety, or welfare, or to ensure the safety and good order of the arboretum, or to facilitate the management and protection of natural resources within the arboretum.
12.0 Hunting, Trapping, Collecting, Harassing, Harming, or Feeding Wildlife: Persons shall not hunt, trap, pursue with dogs, collect, or in any way harass, harm or feed any animal within the Ramser Arboretum except in accordance with a hunting permit issued by the Ramser Arboretum.
13.0 Dogs: No person shall bring into the Ramser Arboretum any animals except domestic dogs. Dogs shall be controlled at all times.
14.0 Motor Vehicles, Non-motorized Transportation and Parking: Parking areas are provided for Ramser Arboretum visitors only. Persons shall not operate any motorized vehicle within Ramser Arboretum beyond designated parking areas. The use of all terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and other motorized recreational vehicles is prohibited. Persons shall not operate within Ramser Arboretum bicycles, roller skis, roller skates, rollerblades, skateboards, and other means of non-motorized transportation (cross country skis and snow shoes are allowed). Persons shall park in designated parking areas unless directed to do otherwise by Ramser Arboretum staff. Persons shall not leave any motor vehicle within the Ramser Arboretum after hours except in an emergency, or with permission of the Ramser Arboretum. Violators may have their vehicle towed at the owner’s expense.