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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.

The half-dozen or so plots at McGregor’s Garden on Helena Street in Dayton are framed by an elegant wrought iron fence. A large iron rabbit stenciled with the garden name keeps watch just to the right of the entrance gate. This 26-year-old garden, one of the oldest in the city, is welcoming and well-protected at […]

Last Saturday was the first Saturday of a new era at 2nd Street Market. Carroll Creek Farms has moved to the vendor space formerly occupied by founding vendor KJB Farms. KJB owner Jean Mattis has retired after 26 years with the Market and wanted to hand over her space to farmers who share her passion for […]

Indicators of climate change are in our faces like never before. Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods and droughts are becoming more common and more intense. The ocean is warming at a rate 24 percent faster than normal and that rate is expected to rise. The average sea level is six to eight inches higher than it was in […]

Adventure Central (AC), located at Wesleyan MetroPark, serves 600 meals a week to students in west Dayton. Offering free after-school programming and summer camps, AC grows the minds, bodies and character of the 95 youth it serves during the school year. AC staff also use the kitchen as a classroom, teaching students about the importance of fresh […]

Paul E. Knoop Jr. Prairie. Photo courtesy of Aullwood Audubon. UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 2019: In Five Rivers MetroParks’ continuing discussions with the city of Dayton, the city informed MetroParks the proposed development at Knoop Prairie will not move forward. MetroParks will continue to engage the city in discussions to protect the prairie. Read more about Five Rivers MetroParks’ […]

The Five Rivers Metroparks conservation team went on insect patrol in late July and found two rare dragon and damselfly species at the Great Miami Mitigation bank. MaLisa Spring, a dragonfly expert from the Museum of Biological Diversity in Columbus, joined the search and was thrilled when the group spotted a large population of Paiute […]

A new Ohio law doesn’t make it a crime to plant non-native flowers, trees or shrubs, but Amy Sellers hopes it will make people think twice about what they’re putting in their yards and gardens. “I’m kind of a native plant dork,” says Sellers, a horticulture technician at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. And she hopes that House […]

You’ve probably seen him doing his facilities rounds at the 2nd St. Market, easily smiling and making his way calmly through the crowds to take care of the next task, one of many he’s probably already done since he unlocked the doors at 5:30 AM. Sherman Howard is the backbone of the Market, say Market […]

The first Sunday in September will be your last chance to buy eggs, pork and chicken from KJB Farms. KJB owner Jean Mattis, who takes your empty egg cartons and writes each sale down in a ruled notebook, has been a fixture at the Market since it opened in its current location in 2001, and […]

Last year, Janice Mittelkamp saw a documentary called “Lives Well Lived,” and the next day she applied for a horticulture position at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Mittelkamp had been a landscape architect since 1990 and she liked her job, but after she heard the elderly adults in the film talk about how important it is to love […]

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