ALERT: Full hookup sites now available at Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, and Hitchcock Nature Center for $30 per night.
ALERT: Closure of L-55 Bridge over I-80 (exit 23) to Arrowhead Park scheduled for July 1st. May be closed through early August.

Do you doo(doo) your environmental doody?

Deer and other wildlife poop at your county parks and habitat areas, but your dog shouldn't. Here's why!

It may seem like a pup's "nature" poop fertilizes the soil and helps the environment, but it actually carries bacteria, nutrients and parasites that are harmful to natural areas' ecosystems and water supply.

The Poop Loop

The Poop Loop

Deer & Wildlife

While a deer may poop in the woods, it also forages for food here. This creates an important loop where deer return resources and nutrients that other living things in the park rely on.

Dogs & Pets

A dog, however, most likely consumes processed, non-native food that returns high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus and can kill native plants, wildlife, and pollute bodies of water.

Plus: Canine fecal matter contains these organisms (E. Coli, Roundworm, and Giardia), which can survive in soil for up to 3 years and make humans and other animals sick, too.

Parasites in dog poop.

Poop Pointers

1. Take bags with you wherever you go (and bring extra!)

Put extra bags in your car and hiking pack, or attach a roll to your pet's leash.

2. Pick it up, every time.

3. Tie the bag closed AND toss it in the garbage.

Be prepared to carry it with you! County parks and habitat areas do not have trash cans along trail routes—only in parking areas, around facilities, and sometimes at trailheads.

4. Clean up at home, too!

Don't forget to regularly pick up poop in your yard, especially if you garden or have children who play in the grass.


Ultimately, it takes all of us to keep our public lands beautiful. Thank you for doing your environmental doody!

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