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Outdoor exploration for all abilities

Published March 20, 2024

Each individual experiences the outside world differently and brings a unique perspective on how to enjoy the natural world – a sentiment local mom and MetroParks human resources and volunteer manager Jenny Hymans often reminds those around her. What started with a tiny speck of light on an ultrasound turned into a long journey for […]

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Supporting Five Rivers MetroParks is a family affair for the Josephs

Published March 20, 2024

Five Rivers MetroParks has always been near and dear to the hearts of longtime Oregon District residents Katie and Russ Joseph. When their 15-year-old son, Eli, was born it became a family affair.    “One of our greatest memories was our first Bike to Work Day pancake breakfast with Eli at RiverScape MetroPark. He must have […]

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Hike your way to heart health with the MetroParks Trails Challenge

Published March 20, 2024

Now that the weather is warming and there are more hours of daylight, it’s a great time to start a new wellness journey. Engaging in healthy activities outdoors provides a boost of benefits that indoor workout sessions do not, such as decreased stress and increased vitamin D and heart health. Indeed, heart disease is the […]

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Lucy’s Pastry Palace, March Market Programs and Sunset at the Market Series

Updated March 14th, 2024

Lucy’s Pastry Palace Grand Opening at the 2nd Street Market Lucy’s Pastry Palace now has a permanent booth at the 2nd Street Market. They will celebrate their grand opening this Saturday, March 16. Introduced to authentic Armenian pastries since childhood, Owner Tamara Cerovcevic passion for baking led her to search for a way to share […]

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Love Dayton’s Natural Spaces? You Can Thank These Four Influential Women in Conservation

Updated March 7th, 2024

March is Women’s History Month, and your Five Rivers MetroParks are highlighting some of Dayton’s most influential women in conservation. A conservation agency protecting nearly 16,000 acres of land, MetroParks would not be able to meet its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage today without these incredible women and their work completed in the […]

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Be a mud skipper during this weird weather season

Updated March 7th, 2024

For the third year in a row, winter’s flip-flopping temps and wet weather have probably resulted in many of your favorite natural surface trails being muddy. When this happens, regional park manager Mike Osborne encourages parkgoers to avoid these trails or take your adventures to the region’s many paved trails. “When there are muddy patches […]

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Just 3 hours can make a difference this Earth Day

Published March 5, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by protecting and cleaning the region’s parks and waterways during Five Rivers MetroParks’ 36th annual Adopt-A-Park. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, hundreds of volunteers from across the region will come together to spruce up these green spaces to prepare the parks for the warm weather months. Registration is […]

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Preview of Summer Programs at RiverScape and Adopt-A-Park

Updated March 4th, 2024

Here’s to Another Ice Rink Season!   Whether you came to ice skate, participated in a sport league or just came to spectate with hot cocoa, we are grateful for every visitor who chose to spend time with us this season. While we had some wonky weather at times, we are beyond thankful for the community’s […]

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One of America’s Largest Witch Hazel Collections

Updated February 28th, 2024

Witch hazels are flowering plants boasting warm colors that also have medicinal properties. There are four main species – American witch hazel (H. virginiana), Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis), Ozark witch hazel (H. vernalis) and Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) – and hundreds of cultivars (plant varieties that have been cultivated through selected breeding). These […]

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Eastern Bluebirds Need Your Help

Published February 23, 2024

Each year, Five Rivers MetroParks volunteers monitor 48 bluebird boxes throughout nine MetroParks. Why do we monitor bluebirds? In the 1890s, House Sparrows and European Starlings found their way to the United States, competing with existing bluebirds for nesting sites. This bird boom and loss of habitat due to increased development meant that, by the […]

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