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 […]

One of the most important things to pack with you on an outdoor adventure is good fuel for your body. To celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Sunday, Aug, 31, we asked outdoor recreation coordinator Angie Sheldon to share her favorite recipe. Before you put on your chef’s hat and grab your hiking shoes, here […]

MetroParks and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are working hard to ensure your experiences in the parks and trails are safe and enjoyable. A number of upcoming repaving projects may affect your adventures in the parks and on the trails. ENGLEWOOD EAST PARK IS REOPENED AS OF 9/15 CREEKSIDE AND IRON HORSE TRAILS Scheduled […]

Each year during the growing season, MetroParks gleans produce grown in its gardens at Cox Arboretum, Wegerzyn Gardens, Carriage Hill and Possum Creek MetroPark to donate to local organizations. This summer, Five Rivers MetroParks partnered with local non-profit, Access to Excess, to provide fresh, local produce to those who struggle with hunger in our community. […]

Hot weather crops, such as peppers and tomatoes, are getting ripe and popping up left and right in your garden. In case you were thinking about winding down, think again: You can keep the gardening fun going into fall with cooler-season vegetables and herbs. You can start seeds now for the following plants, which can […]

The spectacular meteor shower the Perseids will light up this sky this week. According to astronomers, stargazers can expect to see anywhere from 15 to 20 meteors an hour on a clear night. The Perseid meteors are small specks of ice and dust that come from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Named after the constellation […]

A celebration of the arts, Virtual Art in the City features local artists, musicians, performances and more. MetroParks invites you to look at nature through an artistic lens. Learn about local wildlife and join us in creating crafts that encourage sustainability and use of natural materials. Get a sneak peek at some of your favorite […]

Five Rivers MetroParks and local PBS station, ThinkTV, are co-presenting a virtual Explore the Outdoors Nature Camp with PBS Kids show Nature Cat. The six-day, educational camp starts airing on ThinkTV’s Facebook and online Monday, Aug. 10,  at 10 a.m. and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 15. Episodes explore Dayton’s natural spaces, parks, wildlife and […]

  For many, hiking is a family affair that includes little ones who may be hitting the trails for the first time. What children may lack in stride and stamina, they certainly make up for in curiosity — making hiking the perfect opportunity to be active and discover new things in nature. Make the most […]

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