Those who have spent many summer evenings outside may have noticed that there aren’t quite as many fireflies as there once were. Indeed, firefly species are dwindling due to many factors, including use of pesticides and habitat loss. Learn more about one of nature’s coolest glowing creatures and how you can help protect their homes.

Five Rivers MetroParks is hosting an intensive ecological survey of bat species in multiple MetroParks this August. This survey – also referred to as a bat blitz – is the first of its kind in Ohio and includes a number of researchers from organizations across Ohio and Indiana. The bat blitz will be held overnight, […]

Five Rivers MetroParks will host of Dayton’s favorite cultural festivals this August and September. The Dayton African American Cultural Festival will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Island MetroPark, 101 E Helena St., Dayton. From noon to 8 p.m. visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities, vendors, food, entertainment and live music, all of which celebrates […]

The spectacular meteor shower, the Perseids, will light up the sky starting as early as next week. According to astronomers, stargazers can expect to see up to 60 meteors an hour on a clear night. Typically the early mornings of August 11, 12 and 13 (when the shower peaks) are opportunities to view the most […]

July is National Parks and Recreation Month and we hope you’ll show some love for parks systems and all they do for our communities. Every day, parks professionals work hard, rising up for their communities in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. We’ll be sharing stories from the public, our awesome staff […]

Summer continues with one of Dayton’s favorite festivals, hosted at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton. The United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival returns to RiverScape MetroPark with nearly three days of international and national musical acts; food and drinks; family activities and much more. The United Irish Dayton Celtic Festival’s hours […]

Many of our favorite celebrations revolve around food, friends and family, and summer is no different. If you’re planning to host a 4th of July barbeque, look no further than the 2nd Street Market to shop for fresh, local food and support local Black-owned businesses. Sourcing your food locally means your dollars stay in the […]

Head to your backyard, local park or prairie for a Pollinator Scavenger Hunt. Pollinators include insects, such as bees, butterflies and flies. Pollinators also can be mammals, reptiles and birds. Important to the environment and the economy, pollinators ensure habitats are healthy and you have food on your plate. By moving pollen grains from one […]

Sunday, July 3 2022 will be the City of Dayton’s Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival and Display at RiverScape MetroPark. The fireworks display is planned for 10 PM, following a street festival that begins at 5 PM. The festival features food and beverage vendors, live entertainment and activities for family fun. Admission is free. With […]

This Wednesday, June 29 is International Mud Day and MetroParks is inviting you to celebrate with some at-home activities that will guarantee some good, not-so-clean fun. Mud Day is more than just an excuse to finally splash around in the mud, it’s an opportunity for children to connect to nature and be creative with a […]

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