Five Rivers MetroParks strives to be an active force in the community. Below, you may find our press releases, staff articles and other messages that get picked up by the media.

Despite a few last-gasp winter temperatures, March was a good month to start getting ready for gardening season. Now, you should be all set to finish prepping so that in May you can hit the ground with the rest of your planting. Inside jobs It’s too early to put summer bulbs like caladiums and tuberous […]

Michaela Woods just landed the best project ever. The University of Dayton doctoral student of forestry ecology and management (perfect last name for that, right?) is working with Five Rivers MetroParks to reclaim a 230-acre former farm in Trotwood’s Great Miami Mitigation Bank. Woods is focused on the 30 acres in the southwest corner, along […]

The roof at the Daybreak emergency shelter is about to turn green again. For the seventh year, youth experiencing homelessness will plant rows and rows of vegetables in the downtown Dayton building’s 1,200-square-foot rooftop community garden. Soil tilling will start after Easter, and seeds will drop after the last frost, says Samantha Kirby, a Daybreak […]

DAYTON, OH (April 9, 2019) — Five Rivers MetroParks welcomes Bear Monita to its Board of Park Commissioners. Judge Alice O. McCollum of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division appointed Monita on March 28, 2019. He joins Board of Park Commissioners president Karen L. Davis and vice president Jessica Saunders. Monita replaces […]

Five Rivers MetroParks sank more than 500 Christmas trees in Eastwood Lake in January. Don’t worry — people were done with them. Lakes need protected places for small fish to lay eggs, so that big fish will have more to eat and anglers will have more to fish for. Eastwood’s shoreline doesn’t have enough trees […]

Five Rivers MetroParks Volunteer Orientation Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor March 7, 9 to 11 AM or March 21, 6:30 to 8:30 PM Discover all the ways you can participate in gardening, habitat restoration, outdoor recreation, farm history and sustainability. Orientation highlights opportunities. Register online or contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information BUSINESS SUPPORT […]

Are you tired of the dreary weather as much as we are? Itching for that final frost date? Beat back those winter blues by planning and preparing for your community garden or garden plot. If you haven’t determined what to plant, now is a great time to make those decisions. (In the “Mark Your Calendar” […]

There are too many bats bunking in the barn at Possum Creek MetroPark. So we asked Buchanan’s Wildlife Solutions to mount several bat boxes on the outside of the barn, hoping the bats will roost there instead of on the barn’s rafters. “The guano the bats are dropping in the barn is posing health concerns,” […]

African American art and culture have a rich history in Dayton, and the 2nd Street Market is proud to celebrate them. Join us for Black History Day at the Market — Saturday, Feb. 23 — as some of our city’s most creative black musicians, dancers and artists come together to share their talents with you. […]

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