No alcohol is allowed anywhere at Fertile Ground Gathering. This includes cabins. This is a park regulation.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated and will be grounds for removal from Fertile Ground Gathering.
Weapons are prohibited at Fertile Ground Gathering in accordance with National Park Service regulations and Federal Law.
Clothing is not optional. Please keep your clothes on at all times. This is a family event being held on federal property and nudity is not permited.
ID wristbands must be worn and visible at all times.
Trash and recycling containers are provided throughout the site. Please use them!
There will be designated smoking/vaping sections at all main areas of the campsite, and we ask that smokers and vapors please use them. Smoking and vaping are prohibited inside all buildings at Fertile Ground. This is a park rule.
Smoking/vaping immediately outside the entrance to lodges and halls is prohibited, because it forces others to enter and leave through a cloud of smoke.
Yes, incense and smudging count as smoke. So, although you are welcome to use these outdoors (as long as they remain attended) you may not smudge or burn incense inside your cabin or anywhere else indoors.
Children are not to be left unattended at any time. While we make every effort to ensure that the environment of Fertile Ground Gathering is safe for all our guests, the reality is that we will be surrounded by acres of forest, and some of the terrain outside of marked pathways can be treacherous. In addition, there is the potential for children to disturb wildlife, which might hurt them in self-defense. If our staff find children wandering alone, we may, at our discretion, choose to warn the child's parent or guardian, or require that the parent or guardian leave the event with the child. If you have any concerns about this policy, please contact us to address those concerns.
Children age 12 and up may attend the general workshops without a parent or guardian as long as they are capable of behaving in a mature manner.
The kitchen is off limits to everyone except kitchen staff and volunteers. No exceptions will be made.
No swimming in the lake! We do not have a life guard on staff but the large population of snapping turtles guards the lake well and will not tolerate your presence in their home! (Plus, you really don't want that kind of injury.)
No open flames are allowed, except as designated by Fertile Ground Staff. There are 5 designated fire areas within the camp ground. The Bonfire Circle and the grills at each of the craft cabin pavilions. No other open flame of any sort will be tolerated on site. This includes, but is not limited to, candles, torches and kerosene flames. (We know how pagans love their candles, but this rule is non-negotiable.)
It is a park rule that lanterns are not to be attached or hung from trees or other vegetation in any manner.
You are responsible for cleaning your cabin before you leave. Please be considerate and leave the area in the condition (or better than!) it was when you arrived. Each cabin must be swept and mopped. Brooms, mops and cleaner are available in each bathhouse.
Noise Restrictions. Please be respectful of your neighbors. We all want to have fun but we need to be mindful of the noise we make. There is an official noise curfew of 12:00 midnight in and around the public areas of the camp site. So please don't sing, chant, yell or play any instruments after this time. The noise curfew for the cabin areas will be 10:00 p.m. Please remember that some folks like to go to sleep early; so be respectful and keep your noise level down in these areas.
No pets. Sorry...no critters, pets, familiars and the like will be permitted into the camp site. Only certified service animals will be permitted. This is a National Park Service regulation.
In order to ensure a safe and sacred space for all of our guests, we reserve the right to deny entry to anyone for any reason.
For your safety and the safety of other guests, all instructions from staff members regarding off-limits park areas and paths must be obeyed without exception.
We reserve the right to revise these policies without notice.