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Wayland's Conservation Areas

Wayland's Conservation Areas allow for a multitiude of recreational activities. From dawn to dusk, you are welcome to:

  • Hike, Dog Walk (See Dog Regulations Below), Picnic, Snowshoe, Ski, and Ice-Skate
  • Horseback Riding is only allowed on specifically designated conservation areas and trails
  • Canoe and Boating in small non-motorized boats only, and you may fish but please do not dig for bait
The Conservation Commission does require special permission for the following activites:

  • Camping or removing firewood
  • Riding Bicycles
  • Training Animals
The following activites are prohibited on all Conservation Areas in Wayland:

  • Littering
  • Disturbing Vegetation and Wetlands
  • Swimming  
  • Starting Fires or Using Fireworks
  • Smoking and Possessing or Using Alcoholic Beverages
  • Possessing Guns or Weapons of any variety
  • Hunting, Trapping, or any use of Motorized Vehicles



In the spirit of sharing the natural resources of this conservation land with everyone and preserving its character and many purposes, please be respectful and courteous by following these rules:
  • All dogs must be leashed in parking lots.
  • All dogs must be leashed on prime grassland birding sites (Heard Farm, Cow Common) from May 1 to July 15 or until field mowing.
  • No more than two dogs per walker may be off leash and under voice control at any time on all Wayland Conservation Lands.
  • No more than three dogs are permitted per walker.
  • Keep to trails and do not permit your dogs to harass wildlife or disturb field nesting sites during nesting season at Heard Farm and Cow Common.
  • Carry plastic bags with you and carry out whatever your dog leaves behind.
  • Please do not allow your dog, however friendly, to approach other dogs or people, especially children. Leash your dogs when encountering others.
  • Violators are subject to a $100 non-criminal penalty.
Reports of violation may be directed to:
Wayland Animal Control Officer – 508-358-3625

If you have any questions concerning the rules and regulations or would like to obtain special permission to use a conservation area, please contact the Conservation office. 

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