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Saturday, April 1

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
Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Enjoy guided meditaiton and relaxation among the flowers of the Conservatory led by Megan Zaback. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on.  Limited pillows and mats are avai... More
Family Nature Walk-Swan Creek 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

Monday, April 3

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Salute the Zoo’s conservation superstars during this wild week! Free with admission FREE with paid admission or membership.   pdza.org   More

Tuesday, April 4

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Salute the Zoo’s conservation superstars during this wild week! Free with admission FREE with paid admission or membership.   pdza.org   More

Wednesday, April 5

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Salute the Zoo’s conservation superstars during this wild week! Free with admission FREE with paid admission or membership.   pdza.org   More
Walk Tacoma Kick-Off

12:00 pm

Celebrate National Walking Day by joining Downtown On the Go and the American Heart Association for the 2017 Walk Tacoma Kick-off on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at noon. The free event, starting in Wright Park, will include a historic walking tour... More
Cleveland Scoring Clinic

5:30 pm

90 minutes of expert short game instruction. One brand-new, custom-fit Cleveland Golf RTX-3 wedge. The chance to instantly start saving strokes. ALL FOR ONLY $129.99 Click Here to sign up Questions: Please contact Erik Haag, PGA Head Golf... More

Thursday, April 6

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Salute the Zoo’s conservation superstars during this wild week! Free with admission FREE with paid admission or membership.   pdza.org   More

Friday, April 7

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Salute the Zoo’s conservation superstars during this wild week! Free with admission FREE with paid admission or membership.   pdza.org   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. January 13 - Ice Age: Collision Course... More

Saturday, April 8

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

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
Spring Fling at Portland Ave Community Center

10:00 am

Bring the whole family to enjoy the petting zoo, food vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatable obstacle course and decorated ostrich egg contest! Epic egg hunt begins at 12:30 pm. Free Portland Ave. Community Center 3513 Portla... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato 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, April 9

Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. April features the folk music of Mary Farr and Sky Davenport of Sweet Mary.. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the ... More

Monday, April 10

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

Tuesday, April 11

Opening Day 5k

6:00 pm

Start the baseball season off with a celebratory 5k run/walk that is sure to be a hit for the whole family. This run will take you down part of the Scott Pierson Trail and finish at Cheney Stadium, the home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Once you f... More

Wednesday, April 12

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 Garden Inspired Art: The Girl with the Watering Can by Ewa Zadrzynska Science: Wh... More

Friday, April 14

Hackathon - Parks and People United Through Technology

1:00 pm

Join us for 2 days of coding and camaraderie!   We will provide access to lots of program and operational data. Use your powers for good by making this data improve access to parks and recreation! LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP >  ... 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, April 15

Hackathon - Parks and People United Through Technology

1:00 pm

Join us for 2 days of coding and camaraderie!   We will provide access to lots of program and operational data. Use your powers for good by making this data improve access to parks and recreation! LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP >  ... More
April Pool's Day
April Pool’s Day is no joke – kids learn to be safe in water Preventing drowning, the second leading cause of death in children, could be as simple as spending a free afternoon at your local swimming pool. On Saturday, April 1... 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
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
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
Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Enjoy guided meditaiton and relaxation among the flowers of the Conservatory led by Megan Zaback. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on.  Limited pillows and mats are avai... More
Family Nature Walk-Oak Tree 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
Sewing to Sowing

11:00 am

Experience the joys and labors of springtime in the 1850s. Sow seeds to take home, learn hand-sewing techniques from the Fort’s seamstresses, and see demonstrations of one of the world’s earliest sewing machines, the Wheeler and Wil... More

Sunday, April 16

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
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, April 17

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

Saturday, April 22

Washed Ashore Grand Opening
Beginning in April, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will host the eye-poppingly compelling Washed Ashore exhibit, featuring 10 fish, birds and marine animals, including a sea horse sculpture created just for the Zoo. See mesmerizing works ... More
Parks Appreciation Day

9:00 am

Do something good for the earth!  Participants are needed to spruce up local parks by trimming limbs, grooming grounds, combing beaches and planting more flowers and trees. This annual event draws thousands of volunteers in cities through... 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
Earth Day Weekend Celebration

11:00 am

Celebrate Earth Day Weekend at the Conservatory! Stop by any time from 11 am-3 pm to plant veggie and flower seeds, learn about pollinators and low water landscapes, and learn how to make your own homemade cleaners. We also have two works... More
Earth Day Extravaganza

12:00 pm

It’s time to celebrate the earth at the Tacoma Nature Center! Explore your creative side as you learn about the Earth and things that we can do to keep it healthy. Free. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tacoma Nature Center 1919 S. T... More
Wilson Golf Demo Day

1:00 pm

Demo the newest golf equipment and golf balls from Wilson Golf. Free Meadow Park Golf Course 7108 Lakewood Dr. W., Tacoma, WA  98467 (253) 473-3033 MeadowParkGolf.com More

Sunday, April 23

Washed Ashore Grand Opening
Beginning in April, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will host the eye-poppingly compelling Washed Ashore exhibit, featuring 10 fish, birds and marine animals, including a sea horse sculpture created just for the Zoo. See mesmerizing works ... More
National ParkRx Day

10:00 am

National ParkRx Day is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Come out to Point Defiance Park and get your prescription filled! Activi... More
Family Yoga Play

11:00 am

Join us for an imaginative exploration of yoga through sounds and earthy animal, bug and plant poses. After yoga, make nature wands to take home. Family yoga sessions are every hour. Led by Megan Zaback.  ($3 suggested donation.) W.W. S... More

Monday, April 24

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, April 26

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, April 29

STAR Center Fitness and Wellness Conference

9:00 am

Sample classes and learn about a wide range of wellness topics at the FREE Fitness and Wellness Conference Check out more than 12 wellness classes ranging from beekeeping to acupuncture. Or come to one 18 fitness classes, including Mixxed... More
Tacoma Giants: Part 1 Trees of Point Defiance Park

9:00 am

Meet Park Ranger Mary and learn about the trees of Point Defiance. Take a short walk to the "Beanstalk", a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas-fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort Nisqually. Ideal for kids, olde... More
Design Matters! A special workshop featuring Sue Goetz, Chris Scheer & Cameron McGinnis

10:00 am

Join us in the historic Pagoda in Point Defiance Park for a workshop featuring Sue Goetz of Creative Gardener and Chris Scheer & Cameron McGinnis of Father Nature Landscapes.  Get tips and information about how to work with garden ... 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
Tiptoe through the Tidepools

1:00 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
Family Nature Walk-Tacoma Nature Center

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