The holidays are going to be different for many families this year, but with change comes a great opportunity to create new traditions. MetroParks is challenging you to #optoutside this Black Friday instead of physically going to stores. If you have shopping to do, shopping online or curbside pick up are great ways to stay […]

With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy — and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants of days long past in your Five Rivers MetroParks. The preservation and interpretation of the Dayton region’s natural heritage is at the core of MetroParks’ mission, but […]

Spooky season has arrived and MetroParks wants you to have safe, seasonal fun in your MetroParks or back yard. Spooky Kits encourage families to get outside, enjoy nature and experience the changing of the seasons together. Kits are specific to one of three MetroParks (Wegerzyn Gardens, Carriage Hill and Cox Arboretum MetroParks), with an option […]

Seeing red for feeling blue? Just step outside! Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day, designed to raise awareness of mental health challenges around the world and mobilize efforts to support mental health. During these challenging times, those who are feeling stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness and other complicated emotions are not alone. According to Montgomery […]

Select restrooms, playgrounds, nature play areas and campsites are open in your MetroParks. Details are below to help you plan your visit to Five Rivers MetroParks’ parks and trails, all of which are open. Stay up-to-date on alerts, closures and ways to get outside by visiting metroparks.org/COVID-19 and following MetroParks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find the most […]

Each year during the first weekend in October, MetroParks celebrates all the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities Dayton offers during the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. Though the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is cancelled this year, there are still many ways you can experience the outdoor adventure capital of the Midwest. HIKE, BIKE OR PADDLE METROPARKS’ BEST […]

Play Landmark Bingo this fall Download MetroParks Landmark Bingo card How to play: Download and print your Bingo card, or transfer it to paper or another surface if you don’t have a printer. Check off boxes while visiting your Five Rivers MetroParks. Once you can create a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line by checking boxes, […]

Best trails roundup for those of different interests, abilities and more Your Five Rivers MetroParks are home 160 miles of paved and natural surface trails for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and more. The greater Dayton region is home to more than 340 miles of recreation trails – the nation’s largest paved trail network – and […]

MetroParks wants to keep you and your family safely engaged with fun, educational programs that help you connect with nature. Developed by MetroParks’ education and recreation staff, new take-home program kits allow families to experience nature on their own time while learning new things and developing new skills. Kits include self-guided activities with nature, outdoor […]

Warm-weather holiday weekends often include a mix of camping, paddling, family barbequing, swimming and many other fun outdoor activities. Five Rivers MetroParks invites you to savor the last days of summer during the holiday weekend and offers some guidelines to keep you and the environment safe. Campsite safety: Whether you have reservations to camp at […]

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