Drop off lights at one of seven locations and support the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. Starting Dec. 1, Five Rivers MetroParks and Cohen Recycling are making the holidays greener by providing bins at seven MetroParks locations where residents can drop off holiday lights to be recycled. Recycling these lights supports MetroParks’ conservation mission, and Cohen […]

For many, the holiday season means getting together with loved ones to celebrate with hearty meals, snacks and desserts. While everyone is cautiously aware of over-indulging in rich foods during the holidays, there is another thing to keep in mind that not only affects your health, but also affects the environment. According to the American […]

A big shout out to everyone who joined us for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 23. This annual day of service helps MetroParks button up the parks for the cold weather months, aides with reforestation efforts and more. Total volunteer impact: • 225 volunteers • 616.5 hours • 60 pounds of landfill litter […]

The 2nd Street Market, will extended its hours to include Fridays starting Nov. 26. The 2nd Street Market will be open Fridays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring fresh, local food; pantry staples; and hand-crafted items, the Market offers a one-stop shopping experience where […]

While the holidays can be a festive time that many look forward to, it’s also the time of the year when Americans tend to be the most wasteful. In fact, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency notes extra waste during the holidays amounts to 25 million tons of garbage. Additionally, Americans throw away 25% more trash […]

This season, it’s time to chill – literally. When the weather cools and leaves start dropping, it’s good to be a little lazy with your yard. Leaving leaves, sticks, clippings and more provides homes for wildlife and helps create a healthy ecosystem in your yard and beyond. MetroParks sustainability coordinator, Tim Pritchard, suggests adopting a […]

From banana plants to gryphon begonias, you could get lost in the amount of impressive tropical and succulent plants on display at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark during the warm weather months. However, these plants cannot grow outdoors once temperatures reach 45 degrees and need to be put in a much warmer environment during the winter. Moving […]

With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy — and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants of days long past in your Five Rivers MetroParks. The preservation and interpretation of the Dayton region’s natural heritage is at the core of MetroParks’ mission, but […]

Seeing red for feeling blue? Just step outside! Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day, designed to raise awareness of mental health challenges around the world and mobilize efforts to support mental health. During these challenging times, those who are feeling stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness and other complicated emotions are not alone. According to Montgomery […]

Don’t put away your gardening tools as the weather begins to cool: Native trees and shrubs thrive when planted in the fall since they’ve adapted to our climate. Many of the trees’ natural changes, such as losing their leaves in autumn, ensure they enter dormancy before the coldest weather arrives and stay dormant until spring. […]

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