Event - Tails on the Trails

Tails on the Trails 2021

Enjoy a "paw"fect day out with your pup, meandering down the Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. You can also shop from local businesses and organizations in the pet expo and meet dogs available for adoption and inquire about volunteering with local pet shelters.

Schedule and location

  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 & Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • 7 am - Sunset: Dogs allowed on the grounds
  • 9 am - 4 pm: Vendor expo
  • $5 admission fee per dog. Dog and human admission passes must be reserved in advance through the Arboretum's online ticketing site.
  • Due to COVID-19, the May event will include only the Vendor Expo and will not include any dog demonstrations or dog-related activities. 

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

  • 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

    Safety Precautions

    Please note the following public health precautions in place for this event:

    • Vendors will be spread out around Meadow Lake and the Tram Road to allow for more space between booths.
    • Guests are asked to wear masks when within six feet of any others who did not arrive with them and while interacting with any vendors, Arboretum staff, and Arboretum Volunteers.
    • Masks must be worn at all times inside the Visitor Center, the Arboretum Store, and the Ginkgo Café. Dog friendly concessions and bathrooms will be available outside.
    • Please be considerate of others by practicing social distancing around the Human+Nature sculptures, vendor booths, and in other areas of the Arboretum, such as parking lots and on trails.