Show your mother figures in your life some love this Sunday, Mother’s Day, by sharing your time with them. Gifts are great, but time spent with loved ones is priceless and we have just the place: the great outdoors. Here are a few easy ways to surprise your favorite mom, grandma, fur mom or bonus […]

As National Volunteer Month comes to an end, Five Rivers MetroParks wants to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers. Whether you’ve volunteered during special service days or regularly spend time in a park, you have helped MetroParks protect the region’s natural heritage and provided outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection […]

Spring ephemerals, plants that bloom for only a short time in the spring, are popping up in the gardens and along the trails of your Five Rivers MetroParks.

Need help identifying a spring plant? Here’s a list of what you can spot in Wegerzyn Gardens, Aullwood Garden, and Cox Arboretum MetroPark.

Early spring is a great opportunity get your garden ready, whether you want to grow flowers, plants, a pollinator area or produce. Spring ephemerals, plants that grow and bloom in early spring, can be spotted in many MetroParks locations, including Wegerzyn Gardens and Aullwood Garden MetroParks. Depending on the weather, you may be able to […]

It’s officially spring cleaning season, and many may be itching to get their spaces cleaned, organized and purged of unnecessary items that have piled up during winter. You can create tidy, healthy living spaces and reduce your impact on the environment with just a little extra effort. Before you start pitching unwanted items, remember there […]

April is Ohio Native Plant Month, the perfect occasion to learn more about the importance of these beautiful, important flowers, shrubs and trees. Adapted to the environment in which they grow, native plants provide the perfect food and shelter for wildlife. Many native plants are also critical to pollinators — animals and insects that cause […]

Chances are, if you’ve been in your MetroParks this season you’ve spotted wildlife, perhaps even an adorable baby animal. Spring is when many animals mate and give birth to little ones. While spotting any animal in the wild can be exciting, there a few things to remember when you come across a furry, scaly, feathered […]

Teachers, childcare professionals and families are invited to discover new ways to connect children with nature during the 10th annual Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit, held on April 2 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Possum Creek MetroPark, 4790 Frytown Rd. Registration is required for the free summit and can be completed […]

February was American Heart Month, and MetroParks encourages everyone to keep the theme going during March, Women’s History Month. According to the American Heart Association, the best way to battle heart disease is by maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and healthy diet. This is true for both women and men, which is crucial, as heart […]

While you may be itching to get in the garden, there’s still a ways to go before planting many flowers and produce varieties for the year. MetroParks education coordinator Betty Hoevel suggests gardeners focus their time on the following to set yourself up for gardening success during the growing season. “April will come quickly and […]

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