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Tackle your New Year’s resolutions in your MetroParks

Published December 23, 2020

It’s time to leave behind 2020 and start the New Year off with a clean slate that supports your wellbeing. For many New Year’s resolution adopters, this means focusing on health, diet and exercise. Others may find a new hobby, taking time to relax and other self-care activities fulfilling. Look no further than your MetroParks’ […]

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Opt Outside this Black Friday

Published November 24, 2020

The holidays are going to be different for many families this year, but with change comes a great opportunity to create new traditions. MetroParks is challenging you to #optoutside this Black Friday instead of physically going to stores. If you have shopping to do, shopping online or curbside pick up are great ways to stay […]

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Spooky Kits for family-friendly, educational outdoor fun this season

Published October 20, 2020

Spooky season has arrived and MetroParks wants you to have safe, seasonal fun in your MetroParks or back yard. Spooky Kits encourage families to get outside, enjoy nature and experience the changing of the seasons together. Kits are specific to one of three MetroParks (Wegerzyn Gardens, Carriage Hill and Cox Arboretum MetroParks), with an option […]

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Missing Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience? Here’s 8 things you can do to Get Out & Live this season

Published October 2, 2020

Each year during the first weekend in October, MetroParks celebrates all the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities Dayton offers during the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. Though the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is cancelled this year, there are still many ways you can experience the outdoor adventure capital of the Midwest. HIKE, BIKE OR PADDLE METROPARKS’ BEST […]

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Best trails roundup for those of different interests, abilities and more

Updated September 28th, 2020

Best trails roundup for those of different interests, abilities and more Your Five Rivers MetroParks are home 160 miles of paved and natural surface trails for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and more. The greater Dayton region is home to more than 340 miles of recreation trails – the nation’s largest paved trail network – and […]

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MetroParks, Access to Excess growing solutions to help alleviate hunger in the Dayton region

Updated September 21st, 2020

Each year during the growing season, MetroParks gleans produce grown in its gardens at Cox Arboretum, Wegerzyn Gardens, Carriage Hill and Possum Creek MetroPark to donate to local organizations. This summer, Five Rivers MetroParks partnered with local non-profit, Access to Excess, to provide fresh, local produce to those who struggle with hunger in our community. […]

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Camp, paddle and recreate safely this holiday weekend

Published September 4, 2020

Warm-weather holiday weekends often include a mix of camping, paddling, family barbequing, swimming and many other fun outdoor activities. Five Rivers MetroParks invites you to savor the last days of summer during the holiday weekend and offers some guidelines to keep you and the environment safe. Campsite safety: Whether you have reservations to camp at […]

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Celebrate National Trail Mix Day with our favorite sweet and salty recipe

Published August 28, 2020

One of the most important things to pack with you on an outdoor adventure is good fuel for your body. To celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Sunday, Aug, 31, we asked outdoor recreation coordinator Angie Sheldon to share her favorite recipe. Before you put on your chef’s hat and grab your hiking shoes, here […]

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Virtual Art in the City with Five Rivers MetroParks

Published August 7, 2020

A celebration of the arts, Virtual Art in the City features local artists, musicians, performances and more. MetroParks invites you to look at nature through an artistic lens. Learn about local wildlife and join us in creating crafts that encourage sustainability and use of natural materials. Get a sneak peek at some of your favorite […]

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MetroParks and Nature Cat are headed to summer camp and you’re invited!

Published August 7, 2020

Five Rivers MetroParks and local PBS station, ThinkTV, are co-presenting a virtual Explore the Outdoors Nature Camp with PBS Kids show Nature Cat. The six-day, educational camp starts airing on ThinkTV’s Facebook and online Monday, Aug. 10,  at 10 a.m. and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 15. Episodes explore Dayton’s natural spaces, parks, wildlife and […]

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