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Volunteer spotlight: Ed Stevenson

Published April 11, 2024

If you’ve helped at a Twin Valley Trail Workday, participated in the Twin Valley Trail Challenge or attended the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, you’ve likely crossed paths with volunteer Ed Stevenson. Stevenson joined MetroParks’ volunteer team in March of 2016 after his wife and he moved to the area to be closer to their grandkids. […]

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Meet MetroParks’ new chief of operations

Published April 10, 2024

If you’ve attended a Five Rivers MetroParks event or frequented your favorite park, you may recognize Chris Pion, MetroParks’ new chief of operations! For nearly 28 years, Chris has been on the MetroParks team in many capacities, most recently as director of parks. Pion started his MetroParks journey in 1996 as a seasonal park technician […]

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MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for April

Updated March 31st, 2024

Below you’ll find a list of programs and events for all ages, from children to life-long learners, in addition to MetroParks must-dos, sustainability tips and information on what’s growing in the parks this month. Take a deeper dive into your areas of interest by signing up for MetroParks’ email newsletters and following Five Rivers MetroParks […]

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New Market event offers special after-hours shopping, dining opportunities

Updated March 30th, 2024

The 2nd Street Market is extending its hours on certain Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 PM as part of Sunset at the Market: a bimonthly occasion with themed evenings with seasonal programming. Nearly all the Market’s indoor vendors will be on site during the following dates: April 11 June 13 August 8 October 10 December […]

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Women’s History Month – Meet the Women of Five Rivers MetroParks 

Updated March 28th, 2024

In honor of Women’s History Month, we profile some of Five Rivers MetroParks’ female employees who keep your parks beautiful, safe and open year-round.    Amy Kennedy has worked for MetroParks for almost 10 years, currently as lead horticulture technician at RiverScape MetroPark. Her job is to train all new horticulture staff and take care […]

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Outdoor exploration for all abilities

Published March 20, 2024

Each individual experiences the outside world differently and brings a unique perspective on how to enjoy the natural world – a sentiment local mom and MetroParks human resources and volunteer manager Jenny Hymans often reminds those around her. What started with a tiny speck of light on an ultrasound turned into a long journey for […]

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Hike your way to heart health with the MetroParks Trails Challenge

Published March 20, 2024

Now that the weather is warming and there are more hours of daylight, it’s a great time to start a new wellness journey. Engaging in healthy activities outdoors provides a boost of benefits that indoor workout sessions do not, such as decreased stress and increased vitamin D and heart health. Indeed, heart disease is the […]

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Love Dayton’s Natural Spaces? You Can Thank These Four Influential Women in Conservation

Updated March 7th, 2024

March is Women’s History Month, and your Five Rivers MetroParks are highlighting some of Dayton’s most influential women in conservation. A conservation agency protecting nearly 16,000 acres of land, MetroParks would not be able to meet its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage today without these incredible women and their work completed in the […]

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Be a mud skipper during this weird weather season

Updated March 7th, 2024

For the third year in a row, winter’s flip-flopping temps and wet weather have probably resulted in many of your favorite natural surface trails being muddy. When this happens, regional park manager Mike Osborne encourages parkgoers to avoid these trails or take your adventures to the region’s many paved trails. “When there are muddy patches […]

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Just 3 hours can make a difference this Earth Day

Published March 5, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by protecting and cleaning the region’s parks and waterways during Five Rivers MetroParks’ 36th annual Adopt-A-Park. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, hundreds of volunteers from across the region will come together to spruce up these green spaces to prepare the parks for the warm weather months. Registration is […]

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