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Tails on the Trails

Tails on the Trails

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.


See pictures from the 2015 Tails on the Trails


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, we hope you join us on March 5th for Dog Admission Day and return on May 14th for Tails on the Trails.



May 14 and September 10, 2016.

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