Published February 14, 2024

MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for March

Below you’ll find a list of programs and events for all ages, from children to lifelong 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 on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

PROGRAMS

Active Outdoors 

Youth & Family

Adult Nature Exploration

Earth Friendly Living

For Everyone

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Special Events:

LAST CHANCE TO SKATE

The 2023-2024 skating season will be over before you know it! Be sure to visit during daily hours of operation until March 1.

The last evening of skating for the season is Friday, March 1, and will be the last themed skate, Disco Skate. Themed skate nights include special music selections, photo ops and contests.

The MetroParks Ice Rink is sponsored by PNC; MSD; media sponsor WKEF22/FOX45; Butler Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing; USI Insurance Services; Ed Smith Flowers; and Winans Chocolates + Coffees.

TRAILS CHALLENGE REMINDER

The 2024 MetroParks Trails Challenge started on Feb. 1, with many new trails to hike, cycle, walk, run, mountain bike and horseback ride. Check off trails on your own time and at your own pace for the chance to win awesome prizes.

Register today at metroparks.org/trailschallege and download OuterSpatial to use the mobile app to check off trails as you go on your mobile device. The 2024 MetroParks Trails Challenge is presented by Huffy, with additional support by Dayton Children’s, Wright State University and Miller Valentine Construction.

MARCH AT THE MARKET

Spend the weekend at the 2nd Street Market this March. Kick off the month by attending a Coffee Talk on March 1, during which participants can sample and learn about six kinds of coffee from six different islands. Join Andrew Fisher from Good Hands Bread on March 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., to learn about Benefits of Whole Grain Bread. Also on March 10, join Drive Electric Dayton for Let’s Talk Electric Cars. Participate in a DIY Rain Collection Barrel Assembly Workshop on March 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., hosted by Montgomery Soil and Water Conservancy District and Dayton Urban Green. Grab your family and wrap up the month with a Spring Scavenger Hunt around the Market on March 30.

SAVE THE DATE FOR ADOPT-A-PARK

Adopt-A-Park, MetroParks’ annual Earth Day celebration, will be Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers of all ages, accessibility levels and backgrounds will tackle dozens of projects in different natural areas. View available projects and sign up at metroparks.org/adopt beginning March 1.

Sponsored by Montgomery County Environmental Services, Keep Montgomery County Beautiful and QEI Engineers.


Monthly must-do in your MetroParks:

  • Celebrate spring by searching for blooms: With the weather warming up, more plants are starting to bloom. Head to your favorite MetroPark to see what spring colors you can find.
  • Watch for migrating birds: Spring is the prime season to catch a glimpse of migrating birds, with most spring bird migration occurring between mid-February and April. Birdwatchers should check out the wildlife viewing area at Englewood MetroPark, where the plentiful fish populations attract many feathered friends.
  • See what’s biting in our ponds: A relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors, observe nature and unplug with your family, fishing provides an opportunity to slow down and find peaceful moments near the water. If you’re wanting to fish this spring, here are five places in the MetroParks you can do so without a license.

Sustainability Tip:

The official first day of spring is March 19, but spring cleaning can begin at any time. As you create tidy, healthy living spaces, there are several ways to reduce your impact on the environment with just a little extra effort.

Read more green spring cleaning tips.


March challenge: Participate in Global Day of Unplugging

Smartphone access – especially social media usage – has had an increasingly large effect on people of all ages. If you are someone who reaches for their phone multiple times throughout the day, consider committing to the Global Day of Unplugging.

This year, the Global Day of Unplugging is March 1, 2024. Take a 24-hour break from screens and spend time outdoors and with your friends and family. Visit the 2nd Street Market for a Coffee Talk or go to the Disco Skate at the MetroParks Ice Rink. You can also spend this time hiking your favorite trail or discovering a new one with the MetroParks Trails Challenge.

Please note: Programs and events with limited capacity may fill quickly; however, in some cases waitlists are available. Please contact 937-275-PARK to inquire about being placed on a waitlist. Additionally, programs may be cancelled due to a variety of reasons – including weather conditions – please check our online calendar to check the status of a program or event before attending.

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