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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.

Paul E. Knoop Jr. Prairie. Photo courtesy of Aullwood Audubon. In 1995, Five Rivers MetroParks provided prairie seed to Aullwood Audubon to plant a 140-acre prairie known as the Paul E. Knoop, Jr. Prairie, located on the corner of U.S. Route 40 and Fredrick Pike. In the nearly 25 years since its planting, the Paul E. Knoop, Jr. […]

Paul E. Knoop Jr. Prairie. Photo courtesy of Aullwood Audubon. The City of Dayton has issued a notice: “This is to advise that the June 18, 2019 public meeting in the Friends and Family meeting room at the Dayton International Airport on the topic of Airport Planning and Development has been canceled.” For questions about this notice, contact […]

For all recent updates on alerts and closures, please visit our Alerts page. DAYTON, OH (May 30, 2019) — Some of Five Rivers MetroParks’ operations have been affected by recent storms in the region. All MetroParks are open — with the exception of Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., which will remain closed until […]

The Great Miami Mitigation Bank is a literal field day for local college students. While University of Dayton Ph.D. student Michaela Woods is leading a research team working to restore the health of 30 acres of soil at the 360-acre site, Wittenberg University Associate Professor Dr. Amber Burgett and two of her advanced biology students […]

Some people bystand. Other people jump in lakes with both feet when a duck needs help. Jeremy Barkley is one of those people. On a brisk day in early April, Barkley — a Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps member serving at Five Rivers MetroParks — was birding at Eastwood MetroPark when he noticed a ring-necked […]

Get Out & Explore Your MetroParks with Staff and Volunteer Experts Yvonne Entingh’s passion for backpacking began with an introductory program hosted by MetroParks. As MetroParks’ outdoor recreation specialists shared their personal adventures on the trails, how-tos and examples of what to pack, her interest continued to grow. Entingh recalled a MetroParks backpacking program that […]

It’s easy to help protect our local environment by donating to the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. Dayton Hikers founder and local trail advocate Andy Niekamp spends much of his time on the trails and in the region’s 18 clean, safe MetroParks. Because he’s such an avid park user, Niekamp understands the importance of preserving these […]

Strengthen your work team while supporting your parks. Your Five Rivers MetroParks includes 18 parks, 160 miles of managed trails and 270 miles of river corridor — meaning parks and conservation staff have full plates when it comes to keeping those green spaces, waterways and habitats beautiful and thriving. It also means volunteer groups are […]

The Edible Landscape Garden provides learning opportunities — and fresh produce — for the community. Despite a kale shortage a few years back, a lot of the popular veggie was growing in the Edible Landscape Garden (ELG) at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. Volunteer Jenny Andary recalls a park visitor offering any amount of green for the […]

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