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Friday, September 2

Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More
Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on July 3, 1892; just four years after the city began transforming the Park's rugged tract of fore... More

Saturday, September 3

Calls of the Wild
Discover the sounds and behaviors of animals as they prepare for fall. How do animals act during this important time of year? Bring the brood to enjoy hands-on activities that celebrate the final days of summer. www.nwtrek.org More
End of Summer Splash
Visit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for an end-of-summer celebration jam-packed with special activities! Get up close, talk to keepers, and be amazed by animals of all types. Learn More More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area and wetland every first Saturday.Our Habitat Steward Luis Yanez is a highly qualified citizen taking on the restoration of Ryan's Park. When he was a Lead for the Washington Conservation Corps (... More
Crafts of the Past - Textile Arts

11:00 am

Synthia Santos will demonstration 19th century sewing techniques and guide visitors willing to try a treadle sewing machine and a few basic hand sewing and finger knitting techniques. The littlest visitors can practice these skills on sewing ca... More
Family Nature Walk-Point Defiance Park

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. Free! The following are Point Defiance Park Ra... More

Sunday, September 4

Calls of the Wild
Discover the sounds and behaviors of animals as they prepare for fall. How do animals act during this important time of year? Bring the brood to enjoy hands-on activities that celebrate the final days of summer. www.nwtrek.org More
End of Summer Splash
Visit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for an end-of-summer celebration jam-packed with special activities! Get up close, talk to keepers, and be amazed by animals of all types. Learn More More
Crafts of the Past - Textile Arts

11:00 am

Synthia Santos will demonstration 19th century sewing techniques and guide visitors willing to try a treadle sewing machine and a few basic hand sewing and finger knitting techniques. The littlest visitors can practice these skills on sewing ca... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More

Monday, September 5

Calls of the Wild
Discover the sounds and behaviors of animals as they prepare for fall. How do animals act during this important time of year? Bring the brood to enjoy hands-on activities that celebrate the final days of summer. www.nwtrek.org More
End of Summer Splash
Visit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for an end-of-summer celebration jam-packed with special activities! Get up close, talk to keepers, and be amazed by animals of all types. Learn More More
Free Swimming at Outdoor Pools

12:00 pm

Visit one of our outdoor pools today and receive FREE admission!  Pool capacity is limited. Kandle Pool: Noon - 5 5302 N 26th St., (253) 404-3920 website Stewart Heights Pool: Noon - 5 402 E 56th St.,  (253) 573-2532 ... More

Wednesday, September 7

Walk Tacoma

5:15 pm

Join Downtown On the Go for the 2016 Walk Tacoma series. The walks are scheduled on the 1st Wednesdays of the month, from April through October. Explore and learn about the different areas of downtown Tacoma through the 1.5 – 2 ... More

Friday, September 9

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, September 10

Pooch Pool Party & Dog Gone Run
It's a puppy play day! Treat your furry friends to a run and/or a swim.   There are three ways to participate!   1. Run and Swim 2. Swim Only 3. Run Only   The dog ... More
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will p... More
Crafts of the Past - Leather Working

11:00 am

Jerry Kempe enjoys working with period hand tools such as planes, chisels, saws, gimlets and braces. Jerry has built small period items for himself and for Fort Nisqually, including a folding wood table, board bench, cassette (small trunk), lau... More

Sunday, September 11

Crafts of the Past - Leather Working

11:00 am

Jerry Kempe enjoys working with period hand tools such as planes, chisels, saws, gimlets and braces. Jerry has built small period items for himself and for Fort Nisqually, including a folding wood table, board bench, cassette (small trunk), lau... More
Downtown to Defiance

9:00 am

Enjoy almost 7 miles of the beautiful Tacoma waterfront clear of car traffic. This is an event for walking, bicycling, skateboarding, scootering, rollerblading—whatever human-powered travel mode you can imagine! Everyone is welcome to ... More
Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. This month's featured artist is Kathye Long (Folk, Pop, Covers).The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intende... More

Monday, September 12

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 MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Wednesday, September 14

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 di... More
Zoo Trek Authority Meeting

5:00 pm

The Zoo/Trek Authority is charged with approving the biennial operating budgets for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. It was established in 2001 to oversee disbursement of sales tax revenue to Point De... More

Thursday, September 15

Third Thursday at the Conservatory
Visit the Conservatory’s beautiful exhibits during Third Thursday extended hours. FreeW.W. Seymour Conservatory316 S. G St., in Wright ParkSeymourConservatory.org; 591-5330 More

Friday, September 16

Tacoma Open
THE 2016 TACOMA OPEN HAS BEEN CANCELLED . . . WE'LL BE BACK BETTER THAN EVER IN 2017. Play with the pros! Experience the world of professional golf. Compete alongside some of the best players in the Pacific Northwest. There's no oth... More
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. September 16: The Jungle Book, (begins... More
Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More

Saturday, September 17

Tacoma Open
THE 2016 TACOMA OPEN HAS BEEN CANCELLED . . . WE'LL BE BACK BETTER THAN EVER IN 2017. Play with the pros! Experience the world of professional golf. Compete alongside some of the best players in the Pacific Northwest. There's no oth... More
Run Wild
Choose from a 5k or 8k run or a 5k walk and explore Northwest Trek's unique race setting.Your registration fee helps support Northwest Trek programming and conservation efforts. Registration includes park admission. Northwest Trek Wildlif... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every third Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting... More
CANCELLED - McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

WORK PARTY ON SEPT. 17 HAS BEEN CANCELLED Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind gettin... 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. Wate... More
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

Bring your coffee mug and enjoy an introduction to the birds of  Point Defiance Park. Meet the Park Ranger at the Rhododendron Garden pavilion to grab a cup of coffee – or hot chocolate for the kids – and set out in search o... More
Marianne Binetti presented by the Point Defiance Flower & Garden Show Committee

10:00 am

Step-by-Step Landscape Redesign: A garden of less work and more birds, bees and butterflies Is gardening a passion of yours? Then you won't want to miss Marianne Binetti at this signature event in support of the Point Defiance Flower and... More
Crafts of the Past - Photography

11:00 am

Victoria Anderson will demonstrate the two most popular 19th century photograhic processes.  To make a cyanotype, she uses ultraviolet light (e.g. sunlight) to create a photographic image on photo-sensitive paper and cloth. This was one of... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma

7:30 pm

Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. After this ... More

Sunday, September 18

Tacoma Open
THE 2016 TACOMA OPEN HAS BEEN CANCELLED . . . WE'LL BE BACK BETTER THAN EVER IN 2017. Play with the pros! Experience the world of professional golf. Compete alongside some of the best players in the Pacific Northwest. There's no oth... More
Crafts of the Past - Photography

11:00 am

Victoria Anderson will demonstrate the two most popular 19th century photograhic processes.  To make a cyanotype, she uses ultraviolet light (e.g. sunlight) to create a photographic image on photo-sensitive paper and cloth. This was one of... More

Monday, September 19

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
Park Watch Monthly Meeting
Friends of Point Defiance Park Park Watch Monthly Meeting Point Defiance Pagoda, 5:30pm, Downstairs Meeting Room 5715 Roberts Garden Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407 Meetings are held the third Monday of every monthFor more information email maryk@tacom... More

Wednesday, September 21

Wounded Warriors Fishing Trip

7:00 am

THIS FISHING TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CLOSURE OF SALMON FISHING SEPT. 1, 2016-JAN. 31, 2017. Free fishing trip and bbq for wounded warrior veterans and their family hosted by boathouse tenants. The day starts with coffee and doughnu... More

Friday, September 23

United Way Day of Caring

9:00 am

Each year, the United Way challenges corporate groups and individuals to get involved in local community projects on the 3rd Friday in September.  Metro Parks Tacoma hosts or co-hosts sites in order to improve our natural spaces and nature... More

Saturday, September 24

Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will provide litter bags and too... More
Wapato Park Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural areas. The goal of the Wapato Lake work parties are to remove invasive plant species, such as blackberry, ivy and laurel, from the park's wetlands and wooded areas, as well as some minor trash clea... More
REI Intro to GPS at Point Defiance

9:00 am

Learn with REI at Point Defiance Park! Sign up online at REI.com/Learn 10 max per class. Head out into the field for a day of hands-on GPS navigation training. Sign up online at REI.com/LearnFee: $60 member / $80 non-member ... More
Crafts of the Past - Bead work

11:00 am

Chuck Larsen, PhD is a Metis/Ojibwa/Iroquois historian, artist, and educator. He learned his bead craft in western Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan from relatives and friends. The Metis are descendants of many generations of fur traders and t... More
People's Pool Grand Opening

12:30 pm

Get ready to dip your toes in Tacoma’s newest public, indoor  swimming pool at People’s Community Center , 1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The grand opening begins at 12:30 pm. and admission is free to everyone, regard... More

Sunday, September 25

Crafts of the Past - Bead work

11:00 am

Chuck Larsen, PhD is a Metis/Ojibwa/Iroquois historian, artist, and educator. He learned his bead craft in western Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan from relatives and friends. The Metis are descendants of many generations of fur traders and t... More
Snake Lake Family Adventure Quest

1:00 pm

It’s time to hit the trails and let the fun begin! Teams of 4 people or less will answer riddles, complete missions, and navigate the trails of Snake Lake. So if you are up for some outdoor nature adventures, bring your family for a qu... More

Monday, September 26

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 MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Tuesday, September 27

Titlow Park Park Watch & Habitat Restoration Meeting

6:00 pm

Join us at Titlow Lodge (8425 6th Ave.) to find out how you can help keep Titlow Park clean, green, and safe. We're looking for some Titlow Park friends . . . Volunteer your time and labor to help restore and conserve Titlow's dozens... More

Wednesday, September 28

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 di... More

Thursday, September 29

Parking and Traffic Circulation Public Meeting

6:00 pm

Join us for the first in a series of public meetings to discuss options to make it easier to get to and from your favorite destinations within Point Defiance Park. The meeting will be the public’s first opportunity to weigh in on propo... More