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Discover A New Park In The Dayton Region

Published April 23, 2020

Notice crowds in your favorite MetroPark? The wealth of natural spaces, trails, paved trails, riverways and park districts in our region ensures there’s plenty of greenspace to go around. With numerous closures due to COVID-19, families have headed to parks and trails in large numbers. In fact, Ohio has a seen a 117% increase in […]

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State celebrates first Ohio Native Plant Month

Published April 13, 2020

April is the state’s inaugural Ohio Native Plant Month, and Five Rivers MetroParks invites you to celebrate by exploring these beautiful and important blooms, shrubs and trees. Native plants are adapted to the environment in which they grow, making them perfect for food and shelter for local wildlife. Many native plants also are important to […]

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Find your new favorite park

Published April 6, 2020

MetroParks staff recommend some natural areas where it’s easier to enjoy the outdoors while social distancing. Spending time outdoors with people in your household is a great way to stay active and improve physical and mental health, whether at your favorite greenspace or your own back yard. If your family has access to a back […]

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Social distancing guidelines from NRPA

Published March 25, 2020

Need a breath of fresh air? Your parks and trails are open, but you should still practice social distancing while out in nature.

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Tree Sinking for the Win

Published February 6, 2020

The Christmas tree collection at Eastwood MetroPark has ended, and the evergreens are ready for their next life at the bottoms of various lakes. Sunk trees can create rich aquatic habitats that, among other things, provide places for fish to lay eggs that hatch into baitfish, which then become food for larger fish. These kinds of programs are […]

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MetroParks Rangers Earn Statewide Award For Their Response To Oregon District Mass Shooting

Published November 19, 2019

MetroParks rangers, health and wellness, and conservation prgrams recognized by Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. DAYTON, OH (Nov. 19, 2019) — Seven Five Rivers MetroParks rangers have been recognized as the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s (OPRA) Professionals of the Year for their response to the Oregon District mass shooting last August. Additionally, the park […]

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Autumn Gardening Checklist

Updated October 24th, 2019

Indoor plants: Bring your ornamentals — like spider plants, ferns, ficus, rubber plants, tropical hibiscus and potted herbs — inside before the first killing frost. Water them heavily about two weeks before the frost to kill insects and disease, and re-pot the ones that have outgrown their containers. Remember, these plants will likely go into shock […]

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Killing the Callery

Updated October 24th, 2019

Like Audrey II in the movie “Little Shop of Horrors,” the callery pear tree is like an alien pod bent on taking over the world — well, if not the world, at least large swaths of our forests, grasslands, and parks. But University of Dayton master’s student Meg Maloney is determined to stop the spread […]

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The climate’s changing, but so can we

Updated October 3rd, 2019

Indicators of climate change are in our faces like never before. Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods and droughts are becoming more common and more intense. The ocean is warming at a rate 24 percent faster than normal and that rate is expected to rise. The average sea level is six to eight inches higher than it was in […]

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Update: Five Rivers MetroParks to continue discussions to preserve Knoop Prairie

Published September 6, 2019

Paul E. Knoop Jr. Prairie. Photo courtesy of Aullwood Audubon. UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 2019: In Five Rivers MetroParks’ continuing discussions with the city of Dayton, the city informed MetroParks the proposed development at Knoop Prairie will not move forward. MetroParks will continue to engage the city in discussions to protect the prairie. Read more about Five Rivers MetroParks’ […]

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