Karen Hesser began her tenure as chief executive officer at Five Rivers MetroParks on May 1. She is no stranger to the agency, as she’s been with MetroParks for more than a decade, serving as the director of park services and legislative affairs and most recently as chief of operations. The staff at MetroParks want […]

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means many people will be itching to get out on the water. No matter how experienced you are at paddling, you can take important actions to ensure you have a safe, fun experience on the water. This week – National Safe Boating Week – we invite you […]

While there is no swimming in your Five Rivers MetroParks, there are still opportunities for you to splash on hot days. Visit one of the following locations for a cool down now through Labor Day: Island MetroPark (101 E. Helena St., Dayton): This park features both a traditional playground and a sprayground. Park hours are […]

It’s getting warmer and you might be ready to boat – but do you have everything you need for a fun, safe paddling or boating experience? Watch our outdoor recreation team teach you how to prepare to paddle: Whether you are a seasoned paddler or new to the water, you should take these critical steps […]

Five Rivers MetroParks will host the Twin Valley Trail Challenge on Saturday, June 3, National Trails Day. Participants in this free, noncompetitive event choose their own adventure by hiking any distance from 1 to 28.7 miles, following marked routes on the Twin Valley Trail (TVT), located in and connecting Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks — […]

Farmers returning to the outdoor market   A warm welcome back to the outdoor market this season is Pay it Forward Farm, joining us again this year after a few years hiatus. Garber Farm, Corner Hill Farm, Consider the Lilies, Regenerate Garden Co., Harry’s Ole’d Country Orchard and Produce, and Gypsy Chick Farm are returning. […]

Whether you have some extra time at home and are looking for a new hobby or need to supplement your pantry out of necessity, gardening is a great way to stay physically active, enjoy the outdoors and reward yourself with healthy produce. For nearly 80 years, Americans have been gardening during challenging times. During World […]

Cut your waste and feed your garden by creating a compost area at home. To get started, all you need is a little know-how and a space big enough for a container or bin. Why compost? Organic waste, such as food and yard waste, make 25% to 50% of what people throw away. While you may […]

Show your mother figures in your life some love this Sunday, Mother’s Day, by sharing your time with them. Gifts are great, but time spent with loved ones is priceless and we have just the place: the great outdoors. Here are a few easy ways to surprise your favorite mom, grandma, fur mom or bonus […]

About Paint-A-Park With the help of Old Scratch Pizza – Cones For a Cause, we have developed the Paint-A-Park program to provide an outlet for improving mental health- encouraging participants to slow down, be in the moment, and take time to explore the beauty they find in nature. We encourage participants to explore new parks, […]

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