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Tails on the Trails Returns to the Arboretum

Tails on the Trails
On May 24, enjoy the Arboretum alongside your canine companion as Tails on the Trails returns to the Arboretum. Bring your pet and explore the Arboretum’s 16 miles of hiking trails, and enjoy several dog-friendly activities and vendors by Meadow Lake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. 


These events include:

  • Canine demonstrations from the German Shepherd Dog Training Club, VIP Service Dog Foundation, the Bellyrub Klub, and the Glenbard All Breed Obedience Club.
  • Representatives from rescues like Adopt A Husky, Inc. as well as Adopt A Bull English Bulldog Rescue, Inc., which will offer attendees the chance to Smooch a Pooch for a $1 donation.
  • Products and services for sale such as dog clothing, home pet care, pet photography and bakery treats for dogs.
  • Games and docent-led hikes for your enjoyment.

“Tails on the Trails is meant to give our visitors a chance to share their love of nature and The Morton Arboretum with their pets,” says Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager.  “It’s the perfect opportunity for the entire family to come and enjoy a spring day exploring the Arboretum.”

The cost is $5 per dog and regular admission fees for owners. Each dog will receive an Arboretum bandana with paid admission. A portion of the proceeds will go to local animal shelters. Dogs must be current with vaccinations, be social with other animals, and on a leash at all times while on the Arboretum property. Dogs will not be allowed inside buildings, the Children’s Garden, or the Maze Garden.

A second Tails on the Trails event will take place on September 13.