This season, it’s time to chill – literally. When the weather cools and leaves start dropping, it’s good to be a little lazy with your yard. Leaving leaves, sticks, clippings and more provides homes for wildlife and helps create a healthy ecosystem in your yard and beyond. MetroParks sustainability coordinator, Tim Pritchard, suggests adopting a […]

From banana plants to gryphon begonias, you could get lost in the amount of impressive tropical and succulent plants on display at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark during the warm weather months. However, these plants cannot grow outdoors once temperatures reach 45 degrees and need to be put in a much warmer environment during the winter. Moving […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t put away your gardening tools as the weather begins to cool: Native trees and shrubs thrive when planted in the fall since they’ve adapted to our climate. Many of the trees’ natural changes, such as losing their leaves in autumn, ensure they enter dormancy before the coldest weather arrives and stay dormant until spring. […]

 The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) have awarded reaccreditation to Five Rivers MetroParks. The announcement was made at the 2021 NRPA annual conference held Sept. 21-23 in Nashville. Agency first received accreditation in 2016, joining a prestigious list of agencies throughout the country […]

Cooler weather and vibrant colors make fall one of the best seasons to start a new outdoor hobby or to enjoy a longstanding one. Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors, observe nature and unplug with your family. “Fall fishing is great because the temps are cooling, both in the air and the […]

Those who have registered for the MetroParks Trails Challenge have a little more than one month to check off the trails they wish to complete. Luckily, the cool weather, fewer insects and beautiful views make conditions perfect for hiking, cycling, paddling and more. The MetroParks Trails Challenge is a fun way to explore the region’s […]

Don’t put away your gardening tools as the weather begins to cool: Native trees and shrubs thrive when planted in the fall since they’ve adapted to our climate. Many of the trees’ natural changes, such as losing their leaves in autumn, ensure they enter dormancy before the coldest weather arrives and stay dormant until spring. […]

As the saying goes, “it takes a village,” but in the case of Adventure Central, its village is built from generations of service-minded families with one goal: to see children thriving outdoors and in the classroom. Take the Steele family, for example. Father, Sheldon Steele, 52, and his daughters, Mariah Steele, 25; Asja Steele, 18; […]

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