See spirited Siberian huskies dart past evergreen trees as they race a course across The Morton Arboretum’s expansive landscape during Husky Heroes, January 26 and 27. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch these sled dogs navigate the outdoor course, then visit with the animals, learn about the equipment and take pictures with the rigs.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Husky Heroes will include sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where dogs pull a person on skis. Additionally, husky adoption information from Adopt-a-Husky will be available.
New this year will be a Wildlife Photography Show. Throughout the day, visitors can stop in the Sterling Morton Library, near the racing course, to see nature-themed works from The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society.
Demonstrations at the dogsled course are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. and will take place whether or not there is snow on the ground. The event is free with Arboretum admission.
“Watching these huskies demonstrate impressive speed and agility is something people of all ages can enjoy,” said Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager at The Morton Arboretum. “Husky Heroes also offers people an opportunity to come out and enjoy the Arboretum in the beautiful winter season.”
Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home. Dogs are admitted during Dog Admission Day, which takes place Saturday, February 2.