Join group walks or practice forest therapy on your own time. While research shows spending just 20 minutes in nature — or simply going outside — improves your wellbeing, forest therapy takes it to the next level.   Ellen Foley and Dave Thaeler are forest therapy guides certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy […]

Five Rivers MetroParks is accepting nominations for its eighth annual OUTStanding Teacher Award, open to Dayton-area classroom educators who teach any subject from pre-K through high school. Nominations are due Jan. 31, 2023. A winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Rising Star (less than 10 years of teaching experience) Leader (10 […]

It’s America Recycles Day and your Five Rivers MetroParks is celebrating with a little sustainability pop quiz. Check out the questions and then mark your calendar for some opportunities that can help you live a more sustainable lifestyle: TRUE/FALSE: You can’t recycle aerosol cans in Montgomery County. False. As long as the can is empty […]

@fiveriversmetroparks Much, like the bald eagle, osprey have seen a population decline and local student Alex Weed wanted to help as part of his Eagle Scout project. He brainstormed with our conservation team to create an osprey landing that the amazing folks at Carey Electric put up on a 35-foot pole they donated. With their […]

The spectacular meteor shower, the Perseids, will light up the sky starting as early as next week. According to astronomers, stargazers can expect to see up to 60 meteors an hour on a clear night. Typically the early mornings of August 11, 12 and 13 (when the shower peaks) are opportunities to view the most […]

Discover why research shows children who spend time outdoors are healthier, happier and smarter. Jai’Yanna Bass, 11, and sister Sai’Ari Cobb, 9, love playing outdoors, jumping on their trampoline, growing pumpkins, and enjoyinggames with their other sisters, cousins and  friends. They also love visiting parks, climbing on the playground at Island MetroPark, as well as […]

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