VISIT & explore

Tails on the Trails


On September 12, 2015 enjoy a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down the Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails.  Shop from local businesses and organizations in the pet expo, test out the agility course, and join us for guided hikes. Meet dogs available for adoption and inquire about volunteering with local pet shelters. Sign your pooch up for some doggy games, including the crowd-favorite peanut butter licking contest! Don't forget to pick up your free pet bandana at The Morton Arboretum booth at the vendor expo.


Demonstration Area 1
11:00 a.m. Obedience Training
Glenbard All Breed Obedience Club
11:30 a.m. Dog Trick Show
Robin’s Dog Stars
Noon Police K9 Dog Demonstration
Officer Ryan O’Neil and his K-9 Laika of Wood Dale Police Department
12:30 p.m. Vet Q&A
Dr. Newman with Partners and Paws Veterinary Services
2:00 p.m. Rescue Dog Show
Learn more about local rescue groups and
their dogs available for adoption.

Demonstration Area 2
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Agility Demonstration
German Shepherd Dog Training Club
1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Audience Participation
in Agility Course. Try the agility course, and
see if your dog makes the grade!

Games and Contests at Meadow Lake
Team up with your pup for doggy games and contests.
Space is limited. Sign up at location 3 to participate.
10:15 a.m., noon, and 1:15 p.m. Spoonful of Fun: First dog to lick the spoon
clean of peanut butter wins. Limit 15 dogs per round.
10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. K9 Kissing Contest: Longest continuous kiss wins.
Pucker up!
11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Best Pet Trick: Show off your dog’s hidden talents.

Guided Hikes
10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Take a walk through our beautiful Northern Illinois Collection, and then head out to some of our 16 miles of trails where you and your furry friend can continue to explore.
Limit of 10 people per walk. Meet at P2 parking lot.
Each walk is approximately 45 minutes.

Pet Vendor Expo at Meadow Lake
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Find local vendors for grooming, training, treats, portraits,
and more. 

Participating Vendors:

3 Goldens and a Mutt
Adopt-a-bull Rescue
Adopt A Husky
All American Pet Life
Animal Medical Clinic of Wheaton
B.A.A.R.K. Rescue
Bandit’s Boutique
Bark Pouch
Canine Companions for Independence
Chicago Dawgs Food Truck
Floofins and Co
Furry Expressions Photography
German Shepard Dog Training Club
Glenbard All Breed
Happy Dog Barkery
High Hopes
Hinsdale Humane Society
Houndstooth Pets
K9 Swim & Trim
Mamie’s Toffee
Medallion Rottweiler Club
Midwest Rescue of IL
Pampered Pooch Couture
Paradise 4 Paws
Partners and Paws Vet
Peace for Pits: Pitbull Rescue
Pet Supplies Plus
Premier Veterinary Group
Puppy Up Foundation
PurrFurred Pet Styling
Robin’s Dog Stars
Ruff Start Dog Rescue of IL
Sandeez Embroidery
Sophia Maxim Designs
Two Bostons
Unleashed by Petco
VIP Service Dog Foundation
West Suburban Humane Society
Young At Heart Pet Rescue


Tails on the Trails event is from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., but dogs are allowed on the grounds from 7:00 a.m.-sunset for hiking.


Please adhere to the following rules while visiting The Morton Arboretum with your dog:

  • Dogs must be attended and on a leash at all times.
  • All dogs must have updated vaccinations and registrations.
  • For the safety of both your pet and the natural environment, do not let dogs go off the marked trails.
  • Please clean up after your pet, bags are available at the Visitor Center.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the following locations:
                     Children's Garden
                     Maze Garden
                     Visitor Center
                     Thornhill Educational Center
                     Administration Building and Research Center
  • Restrooms for humans who need to bring their dogs with them can be found at the following locations:

                      Thornhill Picnic Shelter
                      Prairie Visitor Station
                      Big Rock Visitor Station

  • Remember, pets are only admitted to The Morton Arboretum on specific event dates. 



Join us on September 12, 2015
Meadow Lake Area
Programming from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Dogs are welcome from 7:00 a.m.-sunset


$5 per dog

A portion of the proceeds are donated to local animal shelters.


Tails on the Trails Contributing Sponsors

Tails on the Trails 2015 Contributing Sponsors