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Sunday, January 1

Polar Bear Plunge
Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound! 11:30 am: Cub Plunge, for youth under 10 years of age. 12:00 pm: Adult/Family Plunge at noon Cost: The Polar Bear Plunge is free, just sho... More
Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Wednesday, January 4

Relaxing into Wholeness Series

5:45 pm

During this dynamic Wednesday night series held in the beauty of the Conservatory, we will learn breathing techniques for aligning, yoga poses, essential movement for health and supportive sound tools that will help to sustain us as we carry ou... More

Saturday, January 7

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 and wetland 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 plan... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area and wetland 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 plan... 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
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
Heritage Skills Workshop - Bread Making

10:00 am

$25 Ages 16+ In this two-hour workshop participants will learn to make bread dough from scratch, try their hand at churning butter, and tour our period kitchen and bake oven.  Everyone will leave with a fresh batch of dough ready for t... More

Sunday, January 8

Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. January features Tim Bertsch, Soulresonance on the Harp Guitar & Schrammel Guitar. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical taste... More

Monday, January 9

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, January 11

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, January 12

Public Meeting: Seymour Conservatory

6:00 pm

The public is invited to an informational meeting about the planned addition to the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. It will be held at Metro Parks Tacoma  headquarters, 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma. The meeting follows a series of p... More

Friday, January 13

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, January 14

Run the Greens

8:00 am

Run or walk a cross country-style 5k on varied terrain of the golf course! New in 2017 is our first Run the Greens X-Country 5k at Meadow Park Golf Course. Come check out Metro Parks' first cross-country style family run which will repli... 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
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party!

9:00 am

Wapato Hills work party has been taken over by the City of Tacoma! They will be continuing working in the park to restore the natural area! Contact Carol Munsey 253-753-6417  cemunsey@nventure.com Aris Efting W:253-404-6905, Cell: &nbs... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato Park

11:00 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, January 15

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 Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. • walking trails • strategic edible planting • managing the existing trees, shrubs, and vines • planting for beauty and pollinators A... More

Monday, January 16

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
Martin Luther King Day of Caring

9:00 am

Come help us spruce up our parks alongside other volunteers and give back to the community through a day of service! Locations will be announced soon. Free ChipInForParks.org More

Saturday, January 21

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
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 park... 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

Sunday, January 22

Herb Garden Planning Meeting

2:00 pm

Join us to discuss the Point Defiance Herb Garden’s 2017 garden season. All are welcome.  Free 2-4 pm Location to be determined. For more information: (253) 591-5328 Facebook.com/TERRAHerbGardeners More

Monday, January 23

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, January 25

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, January 26

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, January 27

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, January 28

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
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

Monday, January 30

Committee of the Whole
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