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.

Storytime: Celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month July is National Parks and Recreation Month and this year, the celebration is all about sharing stories. Your Five Rivers MetroParks has a rich history you can learn more about by tuning in to Decoding Nature each month for a new episode which will stream on local service […]

This Tuesday, 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 […]

Are you ready for an adventure? MetroParks has teamed up with the awesome folks who create Decoding Dayton for a look at the past, present and future of your MetroParks, and the role access to nature has played in the Dayton region’s development. From traveling the trails to searching for wildlife, join us to discover […]

Dayton-area visitors now have a new option for spending a night beneath the stars: trailside camping. These sites join MetroParks’ 23 existing camping options, which include frontcountry campsites, accessible by motor vehicles, and backcountry campsites, accessible on foot. The trailside campsites support travelers without a motor vehicle who are passing through the region and need […]

Chances are, if you’ve been in your MetroParks this season you’ve spotted wildlife, perhaps even an adorable baby animal. Spring is when many animals mate and give birth to little ones. While spotting any animal in the wild can be exciting, there a few things to remember when you come across a furry, scaly, feathered […]

In celebration of World Environment Day on Saturday, June 5, MetroParks wants to give a virtual high five to all our amazing Adopt-A-Park volunteers for their stellar job sprucing up their favorite MetroParks, greenspaces and back yards this year. As you may remember, Adopt-A-Park was different this year due to the pandemic. This past April, […]

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 […]

Biking is good for your health, your wallet, and the environment – but how good? Laura, from Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, shares how you can use their rideshare program, Gohio Commute, to tally these stats.

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 […]

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