Published December 18, 2023

MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for January

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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The New Year kicks off with a special holiday skate at the MetroParks Ice Rink on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by another holiday skate on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lessons are available for youth, teens and adults. Themed Family Day Skates start in January and are on select Sundays, with themed skate evenings on select Fridays.

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Snacks and beverages will be available for sale at the RiverScape Café. New this year, alcoholic beverages — including a variety of beer, seltzer, wine and spiked drinks — also will be available at the Café for customers 21 and older.

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


There’s always something fun happening at the Market, from Coffee Talks to live music. This January, the Market’s farmers are especially excited for the annual CSA Fair. Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a way for individuals to support local farms directly, allowing consumers to get the freshest food available – all while helping the environment.

The Market’s CSA Fair offers both virtual (Thursday, Jan. 26) and in-person (Sunday, Jan. 28) options. While both options are free, space is limited for the Virtual CSA Fair and it requires registration.

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


The Adventure Summit will be back at Wright State University on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will converge on Dayton, Ohio – the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest – for a weekend of outdoor skill, culture and experience.

This free two-date event features world-renowned and local speakers who will share their experiences, in addition to competitions, an expo, used gear sale, Party with the Pros and much more.

The Adventure Summit is presented by Wagner Subaru and is a co-production by Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University.

Monthly must-dos in your MetroParks:

  • Winter hike: Treat your body to some movement and sunshine on the trails by planning a winter hike. Start with a shorter hike and then plan a longer hike for the next time you visit. With the right layers, your body and stamina will adjust to the outside temperatures.
  • Frozen falls: If the temperatures stay freezing for long enough, you can expect to see the waterfalls along Englewood MetroPark’s green trail freeze.
  • Woodland critters: The park staff and woodworking volunteers at Cox Arboretum MetroPark created a woodland creature feature on the park’s grounds for visitors to enjoy. It includes 10 wooden wildlife dressed up for winter. Can you spot them all?

Sustainability Tip: Create sustainability goals for 2024 as part of your annual New Year’s resolutions.

You can do so many things to create a healthier, happier home, from planting a garden to mixing your own green cleaners. Learn more in this month’s blog.

January Challenge: Get Out & Give Back

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, a very common goal is to give back to the community through volunteerism. January’s challenge invites you to visit MetroParks’ Get Connected volunteer portal to see if there are any opportunities that pique your interest.

Volunteers are critical to fulfilling MetroParks’ mission to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Opportunities are available for those of many interests, ages and availability. Learn more.

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