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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 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 […]

Five Rivers MetroParks hosted the new Small Farm & Food Fest on Saturday, July 27, from 10 AM to 5 PM at Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Rd. This free, all-ages event promoted healthy eating and sustainable living with dozens of hands-on activities, a pop-up farmers market, demonstrations, speakers and more. See photos from the event:

The Dayton Strong Benefit Concert was held at RiverScape MetroPark on Saturday, July 13. The concert offered live music, food and family fun, all in support of the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. Donations are accepted online at www.daytonfoundation.org/disasterfund. Read more about how th

Megan Rude has cool superpowers: She saves trees, counts deer and hears ultrasonic bat calls. The Five Rivers MetroParks intern is actually part of a MetroParks team that inoculates trees against the emerald ash borer, and she places cameras that monitor deer for the park system’s annual population survey.The high-frequency bat calls? They’re recorded with […]

Brad and Rebecca Garrett did a thing that it seems like only people on television do: They sold their suburban house, left their 9-to-5 careers and bought a farm. “Some people talk about doing things like this,” Brad jokes. “We’re just crazy enough to do it.” But three years into their quest for a more […]

Brad and Rebecca Garrett did a thing that it seems like only people on television do: They sold their suburban house, left their 9-to-5 careers and bought a farm. “Some people talk about doing things like this,” Brad jokes. “We’re just crazy enough to do it.” But three years into their quest for a more […]

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