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The rewards of a local, diverse, climate-conscious diet

Published July 26, 2023

Guest blogger: MetroParks Sustainability Manager, Tim Pritchard Better food choices can help curb climate change and embracing this notion can lead to rewarding lifestyle changes and personal wellness. Climate change is a heavy, urgent and overwhelming topic, but it is important that we share knowledge and empowerment focused on the betterment of our collective environment […]

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Spend time in nature during Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Published July 20, 2023

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the perfect time to check-in with yourself and loved ones, as well as learn about all the ways you can support your mental wellbeing outdoors. One in five American adults live with mental illness, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those who […]

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Free family fun at MetroParks’ Small Farm & Food Fest

Published July 13, 2023

Five Rivers MetroParks will host its Small Farm & Food Fest on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Rd. This free, all-ages festival offers hands-on activities, demonstrations, local speakers, and a pop-up farmers market that focuses on healthy eating and sustainable living. Festivalgoers will experience […]

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Forest Therapy improves mental, physical health

Updated March 20th, 2023

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 […]

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A few weeks left to nominate your favorite OUTstanding Teacher

Updated January 5th, 2023

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 […]

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Pop quiz – are you recycling right?

Updated December 2nd, 2022

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 […]

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Osprey cleared for landing at Eastwood MetroPark

Updated September 14th, 2022

@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 […]

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Nature Play in your MetroParks

Published May 26, 2022

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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