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Saturday, March 4

Point Defiance Rose Pruning Demo

9:00 am

Are Your Roses Ready for Spring? Consulting rosarians from the Tacoma Rose Society and Metro Parks staff will demonstrate rose-pruning techniques and share information on how to care for roses and get them ready for the growing season from ... More
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
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
Garfield Gulch Winter Planting!

9:00 am

Join us for our annual winter planting activity as we care for the park by removing invasive plants and replanting areas with native vegetation. We will have over 100 native plants to get in the ground including Alaskan Yellow Cedar (new!), Sco... More
Garfield Gulch Planting Work Party!

9:00 am

Join us for our annual winter planting activity as we care for the park by removing invasive plants and re-planting areas with native vegetation. We will have over 100 native plants to get in the ground including Alaskan Yellow Cedar (new!... More
Heritage Skills Workshop - Beekeeping

12:00 pm

$25 Ages 16+ This workshop will cover the basics to successfully rear honeybees at home.  Topics will include hive types and materials and participants will construct and tend hives located in Pt. Defiance Park to gain practical knowle... More

Wednesday, March 8

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 Native Art: Frog Girl by Paul OwenScience: Food ChainsArt: Frog Print DesignKi... More

Thursday, March 9

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

Friday, March 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
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, March 11

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
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

We will meet at the intersection of S 58th and S Fife Streets.   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, le... 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
South Sound Wedding Workshop

2:00 pm

Come to learn cost-saving and time-saving wedding planning tips from South Sound wedding professionals. Engaged couples and their parents are invited this free workshop. Reservations are needed before the workshop. Please RSVP with the... More
Father & Daughter Gala Masquerade Ball

6:30 pm

This Father & Daughter Family and Friends Dance will present an evening of mystery, elegance, and beauty. Guests will be treated to music, dancing, delectable treats, and party favors. All guests are invited to participate in the ‘... 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, March 12

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. March features Kristi & Steve Nebel. Learn more about the duo at: sknebel.com The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical taste... More

Monday, March 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, March 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, March 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

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
Going Green

10:00 am

Learn how to shrink your carbon "pawprint" with tips and trick for sustainable living. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407 pdza.org More

Sunday, March 19

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, March 20

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, March 23

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, March 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, March 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
Swan Creek Mud Run
Bring the family out for a muddy chip-timed 2-mile trail run! The course is designed for dirt-tromping, fire-leaping, mud-loving children and adults as well as fastidious folks who plan to puddle-jump and keep their feet dry. LEARN MORE A... More
Plant Sale to Benefit Rose Garden

9:00 am

A Plant Sale to benefit the Metro Parks’ Rose Gardens will be held from 9 am to 2 pm on March 25 at the Point Defiance Pagoda. Sponsored by the Tacoma Rose Society, the sale will feature roses grown by Metro Parks’ staff and Taco... 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
Cancelled-Wapato Lake Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Cancelled- will be back in April Thank you  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
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
South Sound Summer Camp Fair

10:00 am

Explore hundreds of ideas for summer at ParentMap's Summer Camp Fair. Find adventures, enrichment and fun of every possible variety for preschoolers to teens. Parents seeking summertime childcare and enrichment solutions can explore d... 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
So I Have This Orchid... tips and tricks to help your orchids thrive.

1:00 pm

Tacoma Orchid Society will share their expertise through a presentation and potting demonstrations.   Come with questions and leave with fresh ideas on caring for your orchids. Presentation/demonstration will be at 1 pm, and then rep... More

Sunday, March 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, March 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

Wednesday, March 29

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, March 30

Wapato Lake Public Meeting

6:00 pm

Please join us on March 30 as we discuss an upcoming treatment to protect and improve Wapato Lake’s water quality. Metro Parks Tacoma plans to treat Wapato Lake later this spring to reduce public exposure to toxic algae. The blue-gr... More