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Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University have partnered to offer four presentations to inspire a sense of adventure in outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels as part of the biennial Adventure Speaker Series. Kicking off in February, these engrossing, all-ages talks cover such topics as biking, hiking and paddling. “The Adventure Speaker Series is […]

Dayton resident and long-time Five Rivers MetroParks volunteer Douglas May was selected to receive the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s (OPRA) Award of Excellence for Outstanding Youth Leadership. May’s is one of three OPRA Awards of Excellence MetroParks earned in 2016. May, 18, is currently a student at the Ponitz Career Technology Center. He began […]

DAYTON, OH (Jan. 5, 2017) — Five Rivers MetroParks is accepting nominations for its third annual OUTstanding Teacher Award, open to Dayton-area classroom educators who teach any subject from pre-K through high school. Nominations are due Tuesday, Jan. 31. The award includes three nomination categories: Rising Star (less than 10 years of teaching experience) Leader […]

The classroom isn’t the only place where passing grades are crucial. And when it comes to physical activity, passing grades aren’t easy to come by. According to the “United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth,” 75 percent of children in the United States are currently not meeting physical activity recommendations. That […]

Find out how you can explore the outdoors in the new year with Dayton MetroParks. See the video on

Looking for some ways to celebrate the last day of 2016 that are suitable for the whole family? Here are some of your best bets: Read the full story on

A few years ago, Tech Town felt isolated from downtown and could not find tenants for one of its three buildings. But Tech Town’s campus is now 90 percent occupied and has new neighbors, including the Water Street District and BarryStaff, which have brought new residents and jobs to the Webster Station neighborhood. Read the […]

While my daughter prefers to compete in the water, her friend Miss E prefers to compete on it…figure skating. While Miss E figure skates year-round, ice skating is a great winter tradition. Whether competing or just having fun with friends and family, ice skating is a great activity for socialization and exercise. Read the full […]

Cool, crisp temperatures and clear, expansive views are just a few perks of outdoor winter adventures — but if your fingers and toes are numb or the kids are echoing a constant chorus of “I’m cold,” that winter adventure can quickly become a nightmare. “With the leaves off the trees, the views are spectacular and, […]

An invasive beetle responsible for wiping out huge tracts of the nation’s ash population also has a taste for olive trees, researchers at Wright State University have learned. Though the emerald ash borer is not an immediate threat to domestic orchards or groves overseas where most olives are grown, the study yields that the killer […]

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