For many, the holiday season means getting together with loved ones to celebrate with hearty meals, snacks and desserts. While everyone is cautiously aware of over-indulging in rich foods during the holidays, there is another thing to keep in mind that not only affects your health, but also affects the environment. According to the American […]

It’s America Recycles Day and your Five Rivers MetroParks is celebrating with a little sustainability pop quiz. Check out the questions and then mark your calendar for some opportunities that can help you live a more sustainable lifestyle: TRUE/FALSE: You can’t recycle aerosol cans in Montgomery County. False. As long as the can is empty […]

Join group walks or practice forest therapy on your own time. While research shows spending just 20 minutes in nature — or simply going outside — improves your wellbeing, forest therapy takes it to the next level.   Ellen Foley and Dave Thaeler are forest therapy guides certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy […]

The 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton, is home to 50 small business vendors that offer fresh, local food, pantry staples and hand-crafted items. The Market offers a one-stop shopping experience where visitors can grab lunch and shop for groceries and gifts. The Market will be open the day before Thanksgiving, […]

There are just few days left to get out and wrap up the 2022 MetroParks Trails Challenge. Whether you completed just a few trails or all 28, you should feel great about moving your body in the great outdoors – and perhaps even finding a new favorite MetroPark. Remember, you can’t be selected to win […]

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 […]

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 […]

A conservation agency, your Five Rivers MetroParks works hard to creative engaging festivals, programs and events that also can help you be kinder to the environment. MetroParks’ largest festival of the year, the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, this Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at Eastwood MetroPark, is a waste-free event. You can help MetroParks keep […]

Outdoor play is essential for adults and kids — especially during the school year. Enjoy the outdoors with your family at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Rd. in Dayton. With […]

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