Drone Use at the Arboretum

In an effort to maintain an environment where visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world without the intrusion of technology, the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited anywhere above the grounds of the Holden Arboretum. Under special circumstances, permission may be granted for scientific or artistic purposes. Inquiries should be directed to the Holden Arboretum Police Department at least 14 days in advance.

The use of drones by Holden Forests & Gardens staff for marketing, research, monitoring of forest health, or as a tool for project management may occur on occasion and will be done making every effort to minimize the impact on the guest experience. Any unauthorized use of drones within or above The Holden Arboretum property will result in the operator being asked to leave the grounds.

Members of the media planning to use a drone as part of their coverage should contact Dave Lowery in the Communications Office, at 216.707.2837 or by email at dlowery@holdenfg.org. 

Requesting Special Permission for Use of Drones for Scientific or Artistic Purposes

The operation of a drone or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) over the grounds of the Holden Arboretum is prohibited without prior written consent from the department.

In order to obtain approval, the operator must submit a written or email request to Officer Tony Piotrowski at tpiotrowski@holdenfg.org  or 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio, 44094, at least 14 days prior to the desired date of operation.

The operator must include the following information:

  • Name, address, and phone number of the operator
  • Desired date, time and location of the flight
  • Purpose of the operation (must be for scientific or artistic purpose)
  • Equipment to be used including FAA registration number

The proposed operation must not pose an unacceptable threat to the safety and enjoyment of our visitors or the environment. Approval, once given, may be rescinded if it is determined that the information provided is incorrect or incomplete or if circumstances have changed and a determination is made that the planned operation is not in Holden Forests & Gardens’ best interest. Holden Forests & Gardens also reserves the right to immediately order the cessation of any operation that is deemed to create a hazard or interference with any Arboretum activity.