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Visitors are responsible for knowing and following the rules and regulations of The Dawes Arboretum:

  • Please be respectful of the plants and trees at all times.
  • Do not enter flower beds, climb tree branches or enter areas that are fenced off or gated.
  • Collecting plant materials including leaves, branches, fruits, etc. is not permitted.
  • Do not move tables, benches, decorative pots or other materials.  Moving such items may result in damage and/or personal injury.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes.  Do not allow pets to urinate on collection plants.  Clean up pet waste and dispose of in a trash can.  Dogs are prohibited in the Conifer Glen where plants are more sensitive to urine.
  • Professional photographers, who profit from using our property, are required to join Arboretum membership at the Chestnut Club level.
  • Grills are prohibited.
  • Please take your trash and recyclables with you or use the trash cans and recycling bins at the Visitors Center.
  • Keep bicycles off of grass and dirt trails.  Bicycles are prohibited in the Japanese Garden.
  • Sledding and cross-country skiing are not permitted.
  • Recreational drones are prohibited.  Professional drone photography is not allowed without advanced, written permission. Contact information@dawesarb.org for more information.
  • Do not park on the grass.
  • Have fun!

Photography guidelines can be found here.

Contact Us

Phone: 800.44.DAWES
Fax: 740.323.4058
E-mail: information@dawesarb.org
Mailing address:
7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE
Newark, OH 43056

Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Open at 7am
Auto Tour closes for entry at 6pm. Grounds close at 6:30pm.
Open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 8am to 2pm.
Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is currently free. We will begin charging non-members on April 15, 2019.

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday – Saturday
8am – 5pm
Sundays and holidays
12pm – 5pm