Published January 17, 2024

MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for February

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.

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Active Outdoors

Youth & Family

Adult Nature Exploration

Earth Friendly Living

For Everyone

  • Paint-A-Park: Feb. 4 – 2 to 5 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark

Teacher and Educator Programs: For a list of programs and opportunities for classroom educators, click here and sign up for MetroParks’ educator newsletter and Facebook group.

Outdoor and Nature-Based Certifications: For a list of trainings specifically for those in outdoor recreation and education, click here.



A biennial celebration of outdoor culture, skill and experience, The Adventure Summit is Friday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Wright State University Student Union.

The Adventure Summit features more than 40 presentations, demonstrations, an outdoor adventure expo, clinics and competitions. Admission and parking are free.

The three featured presentations are:

The Adventure Summit is a co-production of Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University. The event is presented by Wagner Subaru, with additional support provided by Bonbright Distributers, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Explorer Chick Adventure Co.


Surprise your sweetheart, best friend or family with a MetroParks Ice Rink experience this Valentine’s Day. Special skating opportunities include reduced admission, Sweetheart Skate packages and more.

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Enjoy a Valentine’s Day date night during Valentine’s Dine & Skate on Wednesday, Feb. 14, starting with skating to your favorite love songs at the MetroParks Ice Rink, from 4 to 6 p.m. Next, head to the 2nd Street Market for an intimate, seated four-course meal provided by Vegan It Iz Eats from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment provided by Jimmy Pepper Magician.

Registration includes two skate admissions and skate rental. Dinner includes four courses with beverages (plant-based, allergy-friendly meal). Space is limited; registration is required. $50/person.


The 2023-2024 skating season will be over before you know it! Be sure to visit during daily hours of operation and holidays, such as Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.

Family Day Skates are on select Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Each has a family friendly theme with additional off-the-ice activities for visitors to enjoy. Additionally, themed skates are on select Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. and include special music selections, photo ops and contests.

The MetroParks Ice Rink is sponsored by PNCMSD; media sponsor WKEF22/FOX45Butler Heating, Air Conditioning & PlumbingUSI Insurance ServicesEd Smith Flowers; and Winans Chocolates + Coffees.


February is Black History Month, and the 2nd Street Market will host special programs that invite the public to celebrate with a Market Evening of Love Celebrating Black Culture during Sunset at the Market. On Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the Market will be open for dinner, shopping and the Distinguished Gentleman will present dance performance “Black History in Motion.”

Check out all the Market’s events, including additional programs that celebrate Black History Month.

Programs at the 2nd Street Market are sponsored by Dayton Children’s.

Monthly must-dos in your MetroParks:

  • Winter garden park surprises: Head to Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark this February to see what late winter’s colors look like. There’s something green to spot year-round, but winter witch hazel also should be bursting with warm color later in the month.
  • Gal pals in the great outdoors: Invite the awesome ladies in your life out for a Galentine’s Day adventure this month. Head out for a hike, visit the adorable animals at Carriage Hill or , or snap a selfie on top of the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark.
  • Check for tracks in the snow: When it snows, head to your favorite park – or even your back yard – to see what tracks are left in the snow. Check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ field guides to help you identify the tracks you come across.

Sustainability Tip: Celebrate soup season by saving your scraps

It may be soup season, but every season is the right time to be mindful of food waste. Indeed, food waste is one of the largest contributors to the landfill, with 38% of all food in America being tossed, according to Feeding America.

Before you compost your scraps, collect what you can to make a from-scratch soup stock for your next winter recipe. Here’s a Tasty recipe for a basic veggie stock using scraps.

February Challenge: Register for the MetroParks Trails Challenge

The 2024 MetroParks Trails Challenge kicks off on Feb. 1, with a host of 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 at and download OuterSpatial to use the mobile app to check off trails as you go on your mobile device. The MetroParks Trails Challenge is presented by Huffy.


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