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

  • To visit the main grounds of The Arboretum, use the main entrance off State Route 13 and stop at the Gatehouse.
  • 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 Photography level.  Photography guidelines can be found here.
  • 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
Phones are answered Monday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Sundays and Holidays, 11am to 5pm unless otherwise noted. Phones are answered when the Visitors Center is closed.
After Hours Security: 740-225-4974 (Use this number outside of the hours for the main number)
E-mail: information@dawesarb.org
Mailing address:
7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE
Newark, OH 43056

Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Arboretum Members: 8am to 5pm (through February)
Non-Members: 9am to 5pm (through February)
Registrations are required for non-members. 
Please read the updated guidelines on visiting The Arboretum.

Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. Arboretum members will not be charged admission.

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday – Saturday