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 more than 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 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton, is home to 50 small business vendors that offer fresh, local food, pantry staples and hand-crafted items. The Market offers a one-stop shopping experience where visitors can grab lunch and shop for groceries and gifts. The Market will be open the day before Thanksgiving, […]

With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy — and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants of days long past in your Five Rivers MetroParks. The preservation and interpretation of the Dayton region’s natural heritage is at the core of MetroParks’ mission, but […]

Seeing red for feeling blue? Just step outside! Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day, designed to raise awareness of mental health challenges around the world and mobilize efforts to support mental health. During these challenging times, those who are feeling stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness and other complicated emotions are not alone. According to Montgomery […]

Don’t put away your gardening tools as the weather begins to cool: Native trees and shrubs thrive when planted in the fall since they’ve adapted to our climate. Many of the trees’ natural changes, such as losing their leaves in autumn, ensure they enter dormancy before the coldest weather arrives and stay dormant until spring. […]

A conservation agency, your Five Rivers MetroParks works hard to creative engaging festivals, programs and events that also can help you be kinder to the environment. MetroParks’ largest festival of the year, the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, this Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at Eastwood MetroPark, is a waste-free event. You can help MetroParks keep […]

Outdoor play is essential for adults and kids — especially during the school year. Enjoy the outdoors with your family at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Rd. in Dayton. With […]

Ohio’s first-ever bat blitz is happening Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Twin Valley — and you have a chance to get a virtual behind-the-scenes look at the research and learn more about bats. Tune in to MetroParks’ Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. to […]

Hot weather crops, such as peppers and tomatoes, are getting ripe and popping up left and right in your garden. In case you were thinking about winding down, think again: You can keep the gardening fun going into fall with cooler-season vegetables and herbs.

Many of our favorite celebrations revolve around food, friends and family, and summer is no different. If you’re planning to host a 4th of July barbeque, look no further than the 2nd Street Market to shop for fresh, local food and support local Black-owned businesses. Sourcing your food locally means your dollars stay in the […]

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