Published June 28, 2023

MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for July

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 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.


Active Outdoors

Pony rides at the Carriage Hill Riding Center are offered on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Pony rides are for children ages 2 to 8 and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekend trail rides are full for the rest of the season.

Youth & Family

  • Tike Hike: July 6 – 10 to 11 a.m. at Taylorsville MetroPark
  • Radio Telemetry: July 8 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cox Arboretum MetroPark
  • Tike Hike: July 12 – 10 to 11 a.m. at Englewood MetroPark
  • iNaturalist: July 15 – 1 to 2:30 pm. at Englewood MetroPark
  • Waterway Check-up: July 15 – 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
  • Nature Sports: July 22 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Cox Arboretum MetroPark
  • Creek Fun: July 22 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sugarcreek MetroPark
  • Wetland Escape: July 28 – 6 to 7 p.m. at Carriage Hill MetroPark
  • Water Chemistry: July 29 – 2 to 4 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
  • Nature’s Defenses: July 29 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sugarcreek MetroPark
  • Nocturnal Excursion: July 29 – 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Germantown MetroPark

Nature Exploration for Adults

Earth Friendly Living

For Everyone

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

Special Events


New at RiverScape MetroPark this July, visitors can enjoy Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays before the free Summer Music Series concerts. Beer and hard seltzers will be available for purchase for those ages 21 and older. RiverScape MetroPark is now also part of the downtown Dayton Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). Read more about DORA.

Related  Winter Activities for Everyone at Five Rivers MetroParks’ Ice Rink

Also new this month, RiverScape MetroPark will host Music Bingo on Saturday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Free fitness offerings, including dance fitness, boot camp, Zumba, yoga and Tai Chi and Qigong, continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and select Saturday mornings. For the full fitness schedule, visit MetroParks’ blog.

For those who want to hit the river and experience what it’s like to paddle under the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights, Taiter’s Kayak Solutions offers kayak rentals on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and during select special events through September (weather dependent). Learn more.


July is the perfect time to visit the 2nd Street Market for a wide variety of locally grown seasonal produce from outdoor and indoor vendors. Plus, you can do your part to help people connect to local food in southwestern Ohio by stopping by the Market on Saturday, July 15 to take the Ohio Farmer’s Network survey.

Additionally, the Market will host the Columbus Iris Society, MetroParks animal ambassadors, the Carriage Hill MetroPark steam engine and your favorite local musicians. Learn more about the 2nd Street Market’s hours of operation, programs and events.

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


Service Saturdays are perfect volunteer opportunities for those who are on a schedule and have a few hours of weekend availability.

Spend your Saturday morning giving back to the community and the planet while also meeting new people and building your outdoor skills. Services Saturdays are every third Saturday through October, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up by visiting MetroParks’ Get Connected site.

Monthly must-do in your MetroParks

Visit Huffman Prairie Flying Field: Squeeze in an afternoon of nature in bloom and history in one stop! Huffman Prairie Flying Field, located on Wright Patterson Air Force Base, is the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright tested their Wright Flyer and more. This location is also home to a beautiful planted prairie that your Five Rivers MetroParks helps to maintain.

During July and August, you can see gorgeous blooms, such as pink royal catchfly and purple coneflower, in addition to amazing pollinators and birds. Learn how to visit this site, which is accessible to the public.

Explore a creek: Head to Sugarcreek, Wesleyan or Possum Creek MetroPark to see what is living in shallow waters of the park’s creeks. You may find crawfish, tadpoles or even fossils!

Experience the golden hour atop the Tree Tower: After the summer solstice, the daylight hours begin to dwindle. Be sure to savor the summer sunset on top of the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark with someone special, like a loved one or friend.

Sustainability Tip:

Starting a waste-free journey may sound intimidating, but you can reduce your carbon footprint with the basics. Learn three ways you can start living more sustainably today and register for free sustainability programs offered this July.

July Challenge: Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month!

We’re asking you to give a shout out to our parks and conservation staff who work so hard to maintain and protect MetroParks’ natural spaces this National Parks and Recreation Month. Your challenge for July is to visit your favorite MetroPark, snap a pic, post it to your favorite social platform and give a shout out to the MetroParks staff who maintain your favorite spaces. Be sure to tag us Facebook, Instagram or TikTok so your posts can be shared with MetroParks’ staff and on our social media platforms.

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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