Events

Tails on the Trails

Enjoy dog-friendly activities and explore a seasonal pet expo with your four-legged friend.

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During Tails on the Trails events, visitors can explore the on-site pet expo, featuring dog-oriented shopping from vendors representing local businesses and organizations. Learn about opportunities to adopt dogs and about options for volunteering at local animal shelters.

The upcoming Tails on the Trails pet expo event will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dogs are allowed on the trails from 7:00 a.m. to sunset, and dog-friendly activities are available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Morton Arboretum welcomes you and your four-legged friends to explore all that the Arboretum has to offer.

Ticket Details

Dog admission is $5 for each dog. Guests must obtain human and dog general admission tickets in advance through the Arboretum’s website. Members may enter at any time without admission tickets by showing their current physical or digital membership card at the gatehouse. Members may purchase dog admission tickets in advance online or at the gatehouse upon entry.

Ticket Details

Dog admission is $5 for each dog. Guests must obtain human and dog general admission tickets in advance through the Arboretum’s website. Members may enter at any time without admission tickets by showing their current physical or digital membership card at the gatehouse. Members may purchase dog admission tickets in advance online or at the gatehouse upon entry.

Both members and guests are required to have a dog admission pass for each dog accompanying them.

Event Schedule

An event schedule with featured vendors and demonstrations will be announced closer to the event date.

Pet Expo Vendors

A list of vendors for the Tails on the Trails expo on Sunday, May 5, 2024 will be available closer to the event date.

Rules for a Smooth Visit

Dog admission is $5 for each dog. Guests must obtain human and dog general admission tickets in advance through the Arboretum’s website. Members may enter at any time without admission tickets by showing their current physical or digital membership card at the gatehouse. Members may purchase dog admission tickets in advance online or at the gatehouse upon entry.

Have your member ID and member pass or guest ticket ready when approaching the gatehouse.

Tips for Visiting with Dogs

Please adhere to the following rules while visiting the Arboretum with your dog on Dog Admission Days:

  • 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 and Research Center
  • May T. Watts Reading Garden
  • Thornhill Picnic Shelter
  • Firefly Pavilion

Restrooms for humans who need to bring their dogs with them can be found at the following locations:

  • Big Rock Visitor Station
  • Prairie Visitor Station
  • Thornhill Picnic Shelter

Visiting with Service Animals

The Morton Arboretum welcomes members and guests of all abilities and strives to create a safe, enjoyable, and engaging experience for all. To support that goal, the Arboretum welcomes all service animals, including those still in training.

Because the Arboretum does not allow pets on the grounds, and some visitors disregard this rule, staff or visitors may inquire about your service animal if it is not wearing a vest or label. To help alleviate these questions, please let the gatehouse attendants know you have a service animal with you when you enter the Arboretum so they can make other staff aware.

To learn more about accessibility at the Arboretum, see the Accessibility Guide.

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