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Tails on the Trails


  • A dog jumping over poles in a dog agility demonstration
  • Visitors walking dogs on a paved trail around a lake
  • Visitors walking with their dog on a paved trail
  • A dog licking peanut butter off of a spoon

Dogs and pets are not allowed in cars or on the grounds of the Arboretum, except for on specially designated days ('Tails on the Trails' and 'Dog Admission' Days), or as service animals.

The next Tails on the Trails event takes place on August 30, 2020.

Tips to help you prepare for your August 30th visit:

  • The next Tails on the Trails event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but dogs are allowed on the grounds beginning at 7:00 a.m. to sunset for hiking.
  • Arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the Expo, as you may have to walk up to a quarter of a mile.
  • Dress for the outdoors. Boots are recommended for the hiking trails. 


We want you to have a "paw"-fect day, however, we ask that you please adhere to the following rules while visiting  with your dog:

On specially designated Tails on the Trails days, dogs must be attended and on a leash at all times. These events are the only times that dogs and other pets are allowed to visit the Arboretum, unless they are service animals.
All dogs who visit the Arboretum 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 NOT ALLOWED on the grounds of the Arboretum, except for on these specially designated days. Please be respectful of this rule.


Interested in becoming a vendor? Email specialevents@mortonarb.org


Fees and admission

Regular admission applies, all dogs are $5 each


New for 2020!
All dog friendly days are moving to Sunday!

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