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Friday, October 5

Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Madrone Feeding Frenzy (Meet at Gig Harbor Viewpoint) 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 through... More
Candlelight Tour 2018

6:00 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men, women, and children of the H... More

Saturday, October 6

Candlelight Tour 2018

6:00 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men, women, and children of the H... More
Fall 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
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

Meet the Park Ranger just before 9 am for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Madrone Feeding Frenzy. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library fo... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward and Friends of China Lake volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive ... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward Luis Yanez and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and ... More
Point Defiance Marina Fall Swap Meet

10:00 am

SHOP Pick up some gently used sporting and boating equipment. 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. ... More
Flora & Fauna

1:00 pm

Experience the magic of whimsically dressed Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma artists dancing to live music as you wander at your leisure through this lush oasis in the heart of Wright Park. Light refreshments provided. Donations benefit W.W.... More
Nature at Night

7:30 pm

Discover who goes bump in the night at the Tacoma Nature Center. Walk the trails after dark and learn about the nocturnal residents in the park. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa and cookies. Pre-registration required. Register online> ... More

Sunday, October 7

Garden Tour at the Zoo

10:00 am

Take a tour around the beautiful landscapes of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, led by lead horticulturalist Bryon Jones.  This month: "Savage Garden," an exploration of thorns, spikes and all the eerie plant species at the ... More

Monday, October 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, October 10

Capital Improvement Committee- Canceled
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

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott Science: Spiders Art: Spider and Web Suggeste... More

Friday, October 12

Harvest Fest at Norpoint

5:30 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE. Center at Norpoint 4818 Nassau Ave NE 404-3900 Presented by Supported by More
Haunted Hall

6:00 pm

Bring the family for a frightfully fun walk through the Haunted Hall at the Center at Norpoint! Spirits will take over Cascade Hall for two nights only – Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13 from 6 – 8 pm.  Children... More

Saturday, October 13

Haunted Hall

6:00 pm

Bring the family for a frightfully fun walk through the Haunted Hall at the Center at Norpoint! Spirits will take over Cascade Hall for two nights only – Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13 from 6 – 8 pm.  Children... More
Zoo Boo

9:30 am

Go Boo at the Zoo! Come in costume for a weekend featuring fall-themed decorations around the grounds and special treats for the animals. More information here. More
Green Tacoma Day

10:00 am

  Connect with nature Tacoma’s wetlands, parks and open spaces need your help! These natural resources provide people with clean air, clean water, and access to nature. Keeping them healthy is a community effort! Join hundreds... 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
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party (Green Tacoma Day Site)

10:00 am

Franklin Park is a Green Tacoma Day site.   Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday. Our habitat steward Nori Kimura and volunteers are there to provide a fu... More
Slug Celebration Walk

11:30 am

From local heroes to invading enemies, get to know the gastropods – also known as slugs and snails – who call Point Defiance Park home, including Washington’s largest species of land snail! Join us to celebrate these slimy ... More
Family Nature Walk - Wapato 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, October 14

Zoo Boo

9:30 am

Go Boo at the Zoo! Come in costume for a weekend featuring fall-themed decorations around the grounds and special treats for the animals. More information here. More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features The Happy Sinners - Traditional Jazz & Folksy Blues. Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical t... More

Monday, October 15

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

Thursday, October 18

Michael Magee Poetry Reading

6:00 pm

Michael Magee will read from his new poetry collection, How We Move Toward Light, (MoonPath Press) and selected works about Marcel, Proust, Walt Whitman and Neil Young in the Wright park setting. Q and A and book signing will ... More

Friday, October 19

Hoot 'n' Howl

5:00 pm

Come in costume, take a nighttime tram ride through the Free-Roaming Area, play games and go trick-or-treating during the spookiest event of the year. Tickets and information here. More

Saturday, October 20

Hoot 'n' Howl

5:00 pm

Come in costume, take a nighttime tram ride through the Free-Roaming Area, play games and go trick-or-treating during the spookiest event of the year. Tickets and information here. 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. Dress for the weather, whatever that means for you (... 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
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green space every 3rd Saturday. All ages welcome. Bring your garden gloves, wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide litter bag... 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
Celebrate Eastside: Grand Opening of Eastside Community Center

10:00 am

We imagined it. Now let’s celebrate it! Eastside Community Center is opening and we're throwing a giant party! The event begins with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting by Eastside residents, followed by an opening ceremony featuring musi... More
Ranger-Led Nature Walk

1:00 pm

Meet the Park Ranger at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion for an exploration of the plants and animals in the special old-growth forest of Point Defiance Park. Not recommended for strollers, wheelchairs, or children under 3. Free. Reserve ... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma - Awesome Arthropods

7:30 pm

Bring your family to the Point Defiance Marina to join us for an aquatic night-time adventure. We'll explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! See and touch creatures brought up from the deep... More

Monday, October 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
Public Hearing

6:00 pm

Public Hearing 6:00PM, Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters 4702 S 19th St. Tacoma, WA 98405 2019 Regular Property Tax 2019 Excess Property Tax More

Wednesday, October 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, October 25

Zoo BOOze & Bites

6:00 pm

Don your best Halloween attire and come support The Zoo Society in an evening of fun, great sips and bites. Delight your senses with unlimited signature bites from local restaurants, plus wine, whiskey and beer tastings from local brewers. I... More
Blossoms and Haunts

7:00 pm

King's Books and the Conservatory are teaming up to bring you a night of unspeakable horrors. Except we need you to speak . . . as you recite your favorite chilling story, odd tale, or eerie poem to scare the brave group who dare face th... More

Friday, October 26

Harvest Fest at People's Center

6:00 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE. This free community festival is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, with games, prizes and fun for everyone. People's Center 1602 MLK Jr. Way,... More
Harvest Fest at STAR Center

6:00 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE. This free community festival is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, with games, prizes and fun for everyone. STAR Center 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma WA... More

Saturday, October 27

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
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 Friends of Blueberry Park volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive... More
Pumpkin Chomp 'n' Stomp

9:30 am

Enjoy a day that's certain to be a "smashing" success as animals throughout Northwest Trek Wildlife Park receive special pumpkin treats. Free with admission. More information here. 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
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 - 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
Black Cat Fun Run

7:00 pm

Bring your family and friends to run or walk a glowing Point Defiance Five Mile Drive in the dark! Wear your favorite costume while you run or walk along the lighted roadway. The fun begins in the zoo parking lot which will be lit with fe... More

Monday, October 29

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
Ruston Way Visioning Workshop

5:00 pm

We're working to create a vision for the future of Tacoma's waterfront – what it looks like, what it offers, and how it can be improved. Whether you use Ruston Way regularly or think you might in the future, we will need to hea... More

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween Hurrah!

4:00 pm

The Conservatory is open late for a haunting good time and sweet treats. Join us for a family friendly night of spooky plants, goblin brew and cacking games. $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 South G Street in... More