Updated May 29th, 2024

MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for June


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: June 2 – 2 to 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
  • Paint-A-Park: June 22 – noon to 3 p.m. at Wesleyan MetroPark

Special Events

Twin Valley Trail Challenge

Join us at Twin Creek and Germantown MetroParks on Saturday, June 1, to take the Twin Valley Trail Challenge. We will have marked routes where you can hike 1 to 28.7 miles on the Twin Valley Trail, and you can pick your distance. Along the hiking routes will be snack and water stations for you to rest, re-fuel and re-hydrate before tackling your next segment. Learn more.

June Happenings at RiverScape MetroPark

New activities are happening at RiverScape MetroPark all summer long. Grab your lawn chair and dancing shoes and listen to some awesome local bands, enjoy great food from the expanded menu at the RiverScape Café, paddle under the fountains with Taiters Kayak Solutions, or participate in a variety of free fitness classes. There are several special events happening at RiverScape MetroPark in June, too, so be sure to read below for more information.

Summer Music Series

Sponsored by Jack W. & Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation and Enterprise Roofing.

Community Fitness – View Dates

  • BootyMix: Mondays – 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Tai Chi & Qigong at the River: Tuesdays – 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Bootcamp with The Unit: Mondays and Wednesdays – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Stay Fit with DCDC: Wednesdays – 6 to 7 p.m.
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Fitness in the Park – View Dates

  • Yoga: Saturdays – 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Zumba: Saturdays – 10 to 11 a.m.

Presented by Kettering Health and sponsored by McGohan Brabender.

Tuesday Programming

  • First Tuesdays: Cornhole Tournaments
  • Second Tuesdays: Live Local Musicians
  • Third Thursdays: Music Bingo
  • Fourth Tuesdays: Live Local Musicians

Kayak Rentals with Taiters Kayak Solutions

  • Tuesdays – 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 4 to 8 p.m.

Special Events

Sunset at the Market

Enjoy a special evening at the 2nd Street Market in celebration of all things creative, local and community-based during June’s Sunset at the Market, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. Visitors can grab dinner, shop from their favorite vendors and dive into the arts and culture that makes Dayton vibrate, inclusive community.

The Market will host the Word’s Faire Art Bazaar in the pavilion featuring artists and writers tables, spoken word poetry, live music and a host of community organizations sharing their resources.

Service Saturdays

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

Splash around: Cool off this summer by playing in the water at your favorite MetroPark. Island MetroPark is home to a splash pad with several interactive features for kids to play in. The interactive fountains at RiverScape MetroPark are popular on hot summer days, when multiple fountain jets shoot water as high as 20 feet into the air. Experience water in an interactive way as it exists in its natural settings in local waterways in the Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. All of these water features are open daily, weather permitting, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Go fishing with your father figure: Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, and what better way to spend the day than out on the water. Cedar Lake at Carriage Hill MetroPark, Argonne Lake at Possum Creek MetroPark, Lake George at Twin Creek MetroPark and Eastwood Lake at Eastwood MetroPark are all popular fishing locations. No fishing license? No problem. Read more about MetroParks locations you can fish at without one at metroparks.org/ParkWaysOnline.

You can find locations to fish in every MetroPark except Cox Arboretum, Hills & Dales and Sugarcreek MetroParks.

Watch the sunset: The sun will be setting around 8:40 p.m. all month. Stop by your favorite MetroPark to take an evening stroll and watch the sunset. We recommend checking out the views on the beach at  Eastwood MetroPark, along the river at RiverScape MetroPark, by the ponds at Cox Arboretum MetroPark or in the gardens at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.

Sustainability Tip: Switch to electric lawn equipment. The engines on your gas-powered lawnmower and weed whacker may be small, but they can have big effects on air quality. Using a gas-powered lawnmower for one hour will produce the same amount of emissions as driving your car 100 miles, but switching to an electric mower will reduce your emissions to zero. Make sure to leave a patch of dandelions and other blooming plants in your yard for pollinators, too!

June Challenge: Try paddling.

Dayton region is home to numerous waterways that allow paddlers to enjoy the warm weather on the water. Summer months bring the perfect paddling weather and MetroParks has several opportunities for you to get out on the water, including kayak rentals at RiverScape MetroPark, flatwater floats, try paddling and more.

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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