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Saturday, February 4

Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Enjoy guided relaxation among the flowers of the Conservatory. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on.   Limited pillows and mats are available. Suggested donation $10... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the... More
Cancelled-Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Will be back in March! Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invas... More
Heritage Skills Workshop - Backyard Poultry

10:00 am

$25 Ages 16+ We’ve teamed up with the experts at GardenSphere to present a workshop for anyone interested in raising chickens at home. All the basics will be covered from what kind of bedding to use to what to feed chicks at different... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato Hills Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More

Wednesday, February 8

Story Hour - CANCELLED

11:00 am

This date has been postponed. The next Story Hour will be March 8th. Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project. Kids will have fun learning abo... More
Kickoff Meeting at Wapato Lake!

6:00 pm

Please join us at a public meeting: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6-7:30 Learn how you can help keep Wapato Park clean, green, and safe. We’ll be sharing information about engaging volunteer opportunities including: Habita... More

Friday, February 10

STAR Center Indoor Movie Series
Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie! Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on.  Movie will be shown on a big screen. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. January 13 - Ice Age: Collision Course... More
Wine & Chocolate

5:30 pm

Stroll through a romantically lit conservatory, sip on wine or champagne, nibble on decadent truffles, and savory treats. Enjoy live music and beautiful floral displays. Ages 21 and older only. Tickets $40 each ($30 for Foundation Members... More
Family Movie Night

7:30 pm

Join us at Portland Avenue Community Center for a free indoor movie. Movie will be shown on large indoor screen. Free popcorn! You are welcome to bring bean bags, game chairs, pillows, etc. for comfortable lounging. Children 10 and under mus... More

Saturday, February 11

Valentines Run on the Waterfront

8:00 am

Run or walk this chip-timed 5k along the waterfront and add a little salty air to your Valentine's weekend. Learn more and sign up More
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

Bring your coffee mug and enjoy the birds of Point Defiance Park. Meet the Park Ranger just before 9 am for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participants to check-out binoculars for the durat... More
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the par... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the par... More
Love at the Zoo

10:00 am

Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and special enrichments. Free with admission pdza.org; 591-5337 More
Family Nature Walk-Titlow Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma

7:30 pm

Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as we explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! Warm up at the end of the evening with some hot cocoa. Each child requires one re... More

Sunday, February 12

Love at the Zoo

10:00 am

Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and special enrichments. Free with admission pdza.org; 591-5337 More
Forest Mindfulness

10:00 am

Learn to slow down and experience the forest in a new way. Led by Certified Forest Therapist Julie Hepp, this program is designed to take participants slowly and intentionally through nature. The Guide gives a series of place-based invitations ... More
Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. February features the romantic ballads of Cara Francis. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to ... More

Monday, February 13

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district. Regular Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Wednesday, February 15

Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The public ... More

Saturday, February 18

Relax and Renew
Enjoy guided relaxation among the flowers of the Conservatory. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on.   Limited pillows and mats are available. Suggested donation $10... More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Water... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

MEET AT MAIN ENTRANCE FOR FEBRUARY! Help restore your local park's natural area every third Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are remov... More
Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event takes place Presidents Day Weekend. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critt... More
Family Nature Walk-McKinley Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Ranger-Led Nature Walks

1:00 pm

Meet the Park Ranger at the Rhododendron Garden for an exploration of nature in Point Defiance Park. Not recommended for strollers, wheelchairs, or children under 3. No registration necessary.  Time: 1-2 pm Free but space is limited. ... More

Sunday, February 19

Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event takes place Presidents Day Weekend. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critt... More
Swan Creek Park Food Forest Volunteer Work Party

1:00 pm

WHERE:  E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Uphill from Roosevelt.  Far end of the parking lot. For Details or questions, contact Chip-in at (253) 202-5978, or SWAN CREEK PARK FOOD FOREST ON FACEBOOK    WHAT WE DO: ... More

Monday, February 20

Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event takes place Presidents Day Weekend. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critt... More
Committee of the Whole - Canceled
Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment). M... More
Conservatory open on Presidents' Day

10:00 am

The W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory will be open to the public on February 20, Presidents' Day (It is usually closed on Mondays). Hours are 10 am to 4:30 pm. Exotic tropical plants and seasonal floral displays await you at the W.W. ... More
Titlow Work Party

10:00 am

Great opportunity to learn about invasive plants and how to remove them, get your fill up of nature's medicine and hopefully a nice stroll along the beach come day's end. We will have light snacks and drinks. Please bring a pair of... More

Wednesday, February 22

Because Parks Matter

11:30 am

You're invited to support the Greater Metro Park Foundation's mission to build a healthier, more vibrant community by investing in people and parks. Be inspired by the story of the Eastside and hear from Mushawn Knowles. Because P... More

Thursday, February 23

Point Defiance Traffic Circulation Meeting

6:00 pm

A public meeting will showcase two-way traffic alternatives that could provide more efficient ways to drive in and out of the park. Two-way traffic designs have been developed to streamline a few routes to and from the Zoo, Owen Beach and Fo... More
Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually

6:30 pm

Enter the fort by candlelight and embark on an epic adventure through time in Tacoma’s newest escape room experience.  Jan. 26, 27 & 28 Feb. 23, 24 & 25 Mar. 23, 24 & 25 Games begin at 6:30pm, 8:00pm &&nbs... More

Friday, February 24

Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually

6:30 pm

Enter the fort by candlelight and embark on an epic adventure through time in Tacoma’s newest escape room experience.  Jan. 26, 27 & 28 Feb. 23, 24 & 25 Mar. 23, 24 & 25 Games begin at 6:30pm, 8:00pm &&nbs... More

Saturday, February 25

Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually

6:30 pm

Enter the fort by candlelight and embark on an epic adventure through time in Tacoma’s newest escape room experience.  Jan. 26, 27 & 28 Feb. 23, 24 & 25 Mar. 23, 24 & 25 Games begin at 6:30pm, 8:00pm &&nbs... More
Tacoma Giants: Part 2 Immersion Tree Walk
Did you know that there are living beings over 200 feet tall residing right here in Point Defiance Park? Immerse yourself into the world of living natural history and fall in love with the infinite shades of green in this in-depth look into the... More
Tacoma Giants: Part 1 Trees of Point Defiance Park

9:00 am

Meet Mik and the Beanstalk. Mik is a Certified Arborist happy to share his knowledge of the trees of Point Defiance with you; and the Beanstalk is a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas-fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort ... More
Wapato Lake Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every fourth Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the pa... More
Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every fourth Saturday! Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the pa... More
Hilltop Heathy Kids & Family Carnival

12:00 pm

8th annual health and wellness fair features carnival games, music, dance, raffles, food. The gymnasium of the People’s Community Center will go into party mode when it hosts its annual health and wellness fair: the Hilltop Healthy Kids ... More

Sunday, February 26

Herb Garden Work Party

2:00 pm

Participate in a work party in the herb garden. Help with maintenance and prepare the garden for spring planting, all are welcome. Point Defiance Herb Garden 5400 N. Pearl St. Facebook.com/TERRAHerbGardeners More

Monday, February 27

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district. Regular Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More