Poison Ivy & Tick Policies
Poison Ivy Policy
Poison ivy is present in the woodlands at New Brunswick Forest and Nature. To limit exposure, we require that all participants wear long pants, long socks, and closed toed shoes while taking part in our programs in all seasons. Washing affected skin within 15-60 minutes of exposure is likely to remove the oil that can lead to a reaction, so staff carry potable water and soap at all times. In the event of a participant coming in contact with poison ivy, we are able to wash the affected area immediately.
Ticks are present in New Brunswick Forest and Nature. To limit exposure, we require that all participants wear long pants, long socks, and closed toed shoes while taking part in our programs in all seasons. We suggest that participants tuck their pant legs into their socks and shirts into their pants to also limit possible tick exposure. We recommend using insect repellent to deter ticks. Staff always carry insect repellent that contains DEET, as well as natural alternatives, to offer to families at drop off and to re-apply as required throughout the day. If a tick is seen on a participant it is brushed off. If a tick is attached, we will remove it using tweezers or a tick key and save it in a baggie. Parents/guardians will be informed at pick-up, and given the opportunity to take the tick to the health unit for testing. For more information about ticks in New Brunswick we recommend visiting the website.