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Monday, May 1

Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm

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

Friday, May 5

Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Enjoy an educational birding experience adapted for seniors and those with limited mobility. The program highlights the many birds that live in or pass through Point Defiance Park throughout the year. FREE – this event is made possible... More

Saturday, May 6

Rhododendron Society Annual Plant Sale

9:00 am

Many types of rhododendrons and azaleas (evergreen and deciduous) will be for sale with proceeds going back into the Rhododendron Garden.  Rhododendron Society members will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on rhododendron car... More
Spring Native Plant Sale

9:00 am

Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area. Planting natives ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects. Native plants require less water and care than oth... More
Ryan's Park 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
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
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. Meet at Owen Beach. Today's topic is Shorebirds Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library... More
Cinco de Mayo 5k

10:00 am

Cinco de Mayo 5k Saturday, May 6 10 am Kids Dash + 5k, Wright Park LEARN  MORE 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

Sunday, May 7

Vintage Hickory Invitational

9:00 am

Live the history of golf at the Vintage Hickory Invitational. Play the classic 100 year old Meadow Park Golf Course with vintage turn of the century golf clubs from Scotland. All participants are encouraged to dress in early 1900's style... More

Monday, May 8

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, May 10

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
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project. This month featuring Nature's Colors: Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons Science: Life Cycle of the... More

Friday, May 12

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
Planting Days in May

10:00 am

An assortment of annual plants will be for sale* - we'll help you pot them or create a hanging basket.  Soil and pots provided, but feel free to bring your favorite container. Kids can make cards for Mother's Day or create a n... 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, May 13

Ling Cod Fishing Derby

5:00 am

Join us for our 9th annual Ling Cod Derby in Area 11/13 . Lucky anglers will catch a tasty fish and a chance to win cash and prizes. What a great way to kick off the bottom fishing season and have a chance to collect a good pay day. All Fish... More
Dock Fishing Derby

7:00 am

Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win 3 winnable categories: Flounder, Sculpin, Coolest Catch.  A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your catch! Dock Fishing Co... 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
Tacoma Giants: Part 1 Trees of Point Defiance Park

9:00 am

Discover the trees at Point Defiance Park with Mik Miazio, a certififed arborist. He'll introduce you to the "Beanstalk", a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas-fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort Nisqually. ... More
CANCELLED: CHIP-IN Habitat Steward Training!

9:00 am

Due to lack of particapates, the habitat steward training will be rescheduled at a later date. More
Half-Price Moms' Day

9:30 am

Moms are the stars on this special day! Meet animals up close or sit and enjoy a drink at the café. All moms will receive half-off general admission. Learn more at pdza.org. More
Planting Days in May

10:00 am

An assortment of annual plants will be for sale* - we'll help you pot them or create a hanging basket.  Soil and pots provided, but feel free to bring you favorite container.  Kids can make cards for Mother's Day or create a n... More
Tacoma Giants: Part 2 Immersion Tree Walk

11:00 am

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
Family Nature Walk-Titlow Park

1:00 pm

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 Walk

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
Maguinez Field Plaque Dedication

1:00 pm

In 2002, Metro Parks dedicated a competitive baseball field in its Heidelberg-Davis Sports Complex in his honor. At 1 p.m. on May 13, a memorial plaque will be unveiled there during the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s ... More

Sunday, May 14

Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month.May features the Pacific Northwest Chamber Ensemble. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appe... More

Monday, May 15

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 month For more information email mary... 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

Thursday, May 18

Third Thursday Extended Hours
Visit the Conservatory during extended hours every third Thursday of each month! Conservatory hours on this day ar 10am - 7pm.   From the extra daylight hours during the summer to the enchantment of the Conservatory at night during t... More
Cleveland Scoring Clinic

5:30 pm

 Meadow Park Golf Course   April 5th, May 18th or June 22nd   5:30-7:00pm Cost: $129.99 REGISTER: Click Here    So to Recap: 90 minutes of expert short game inst... More
Brew Night at the Zoo

6:30 pm

Become a “castaway” for the night sipping great brews from local breweries at the 1st annual Brew Night at the Zoo. Join us and toast the new Washed Ashore exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Guests can view 10 Washed A... More

Friday, May 19

Pierce County Iris Society 57th Annual Iris Show

12:00 pm

The Pierce Colunty Iris Society (an affiliate of the American Iris Society) presents their 57th Annual Iris Show! Join us in the Pagoda in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl Street. FREE Admission. Everyone is welcome. Metro Parks Taco... More

Saturday, May 20

Bear Camp
Learn how to camp in harmony with bears and enjoy bear-related demonstrations at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Activities are free with admission. Learn more at nwtrek.org. 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

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 removing invasive plants and keeping the par... More
Point Defiance Marina Spring Swap Meet

10:00 am

SHOP Pick up some gently used fishing and boating gear. SELL Clean out lockers or garages of tackle and gear others may really need! Booths Register now for a 10x10 space for $15 (tenants get $5 off). Covered space is limited. Regi... More
Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

Relive the festive 19th century celebrations surrounding a royal holiday. A merry mood permeates the Fort on this occasion. At noon, bagpipes announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volley... More
Cinderella Ball

1:00 pm

The Cinderella Ball is a formal dance that provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to experience a unique event of style and glamour. Participants will have a prom-like experience, including donated dresses, an honor guard and e... More
Family Nature Walk-McKinley Park

1:00 pm

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

Sunday, May 21

Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party!

1:00 pm

Meet at: E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Meet at the south end of the permeable parking lot in Swan Creek Park. Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. walking trails strategic edible plantin... More

Monday, May 22

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, May 24

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

Thursday, May 25

Joint Park Board Meeting with Tacoma School Board

4:30 pm

Annual Joint Park Board/Tacoma School Board Meeting Tacoma Public Schools Central Admin. Bldg.  601 S 8th St., Tacoma, WA  98405   More

Saturday, May 27

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
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

12:00 pm

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Free! Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes to protect from t... More

Sunday, May 28

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 invitatio... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Tuesday, May 30

Destination Point Defiance-Roundabout Public Meeting

12:00 pm

Two community meetings have been scheduled to review the project, answer questions, and to discuss the impacts of construction and the benefits upon completion. We encourage you to attend one or both of these meetings to learn more details a... More