MetroParks is slowly welcoming volunteers back and creating new public opportunities that don’t require onboarding and extensive training. MetroParks’ new Service Saturdays are perfect for people who want to help MetroParks protect the region’s natural heritage but...
2021 Passport to MetroParks
2021 Passport to MetroParks is your travel document to local nature-based adventures — and a fun game challenging you to collect as many Passport stamps as possible! You might even want to create a friendly challenge with family and friends to see who can collect the most stamps by the end of summer.
Check back throughout the Summer, as new activities and places to travel become available from our Nature is Open blog.
Passport to MetroParks is sponsored by Homelight.
How to Play Passport to MetroParks
- You’ll find a variety of outdoor activities you can enjoy in a MetroPark, your favorite greenspace or your back yard throughout our Summer issue of ParkWays, along with new activities periodically added to our blog.
- Look for the Passport logo in ParkWays and the Nature is Open blog to learn how many stamps you can earn for each activity you complete.
- You’ll find Passport stamps on this webpage as well as in ParkWays. Cut them out and paste them in this magazine or use recycled materials, such as paper or cardboard, to create a poster where you can paste and display your stamps.
- Take photos as you complete activities and post them to social media with the hashtag #Passport2MetroParks. We’ll share some of our favorites on MetroParks’ social media channels, too!
- Show off all the amazing outdoor spaces in our region that make Dayton the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest!
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