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Tuesday, April 2

Let's Grow!

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational activities around plants and gardens. Drop in anytime between 11 am-1 pm to take part in fun activities. Topics April 2 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from... More

Wednesday, April 3

Let's Grow!

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational activities around plants and gardens. Drop in anytime between 11 am-1 pm to take part in fun activities. Topics April 2 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from... More
Walk Tacoma Kick-Off

12:00 pm

Join Downtown On the Go for the 2019 Walk Tacoma series. This year the series will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The kick-off on National Walking Day (April 3) is in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The 1.5-mil... More

Thursday, April 4

Let's Grow!

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational activities around plants and gardens. Drop in anytime between 11 am-1 pm to take part in fun activities. Topics April 2 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from... More
Mobile Blood Drive - STAR Center

1:00 pm

A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that's needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you're saving lives! April 4, 2019       &n... More

Friday, April 5

Let's Grow!

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational activities around plants and gardens. Drop in anytime between 11 am-1 pm to take part in fun activities. Topics April 2 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from... More
Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may be removing invasive plants, re-planting areas with native plants, or other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No experience is... More

Saturday, April 6

China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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. Vo... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Volunteers will learn about restoration efforts happening at Ryan's Park, as well as get hands on experience with how to ... 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
Spring Fling at Norpoint

10:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at this free community festival featuring a variety of themed arts and crafts, games, and so much more.     Center at Norpoint (253) 404-3900 4818 Nassau Ave N.E. Tacoma, WA  98422 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
Frog Fest

1:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Drop in during this froggy-themed event to participate in activities, create a craft to take home, and go on a hike to look for amphibian egg masses in the lake. Please note that you should plan on coming early ... More
Springtime Tea Party

4:00 pm

Celebrate spring with a tea party! Enjoy sweet and savory morsels and a variety of botanical inspired teas while surrounded by the Conservatory's sweet smelling and colorful spring flower exhibit. TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. SOLD OUT! ... More

Sunday, April 7

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

Monday, April 8

Park Board Meeting

6:00 pm

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 10

Mobile Blood Drive - Point Defiance Zoo
A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that's needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you're saving lives! April 10, 2019 Time: TBD    &nb... More
Capital Improvement Committee

5:00 pm

The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) at 5 pm to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The... More

Friday, April 12

Lusio Lights (21+)

7:00 pm

Curated by Lusio, local light artists use the plants as canvases and transform the Conservatory into a whole new world. Come explore this creative and fun light art as you explore the fragrant dark pathways of this historic location. Drinks wil... More

Saturday, April 13

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 Crows and Ravens. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for pa... More
Rise and Grind 5k

9:00 am

If you love hills then this race is for you! Come get your grind on at McKinley park. The race is a chip-timed 5k featuring McKinley Park's amazing trails. Race begins at 9 am Check-in begins at 8 am All participants receive a finish... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

  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 fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and gr... 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
Spring Fling at STAR Center

10:00 am

An egg hunt will take place at 10 am followed by the Metro Parks Tacoma Summer Camp Fair. The Egg Hunt will be held in the fields at SERA Campus/STAR Center. Hunt areas will be separated for each age group. Please dress for the weather and b... More
Sewing to Sowing

11:00 am

Experience the joys and labors of springtime in the 1850s. Guests can check out our poultry house and visit with our heritage breed chickens and rooster.  Families can get their hands dirty in the Fort’s heritage gardens, which i... More
Egg-a-palooza

1:00 pm

Dive into People's first-ever aqua egg hunt! You're on the hunt at People's Egg-a-palooza for hidden treasure in the water and on the pool deck. Bring a basket and your best searching skills - It's sure to be an eggs-cellent ... More
Eastside Nature Hour

2:00 pm

Join Tacoma Nature Center staff at the Eastside Community Center for a monthly nature program and learn about plants and animals, create fun crafts, and go outside to observe nature. $1.00/person or join the Eastside Family Nature Club for $... More
Lusio Lights - All Ages Family Night

7:30 pm

Bring the whole family for a de"light"ful evening as Lusio brings the gardens alive with light. Explore creative and fun light art in the fragrant dark pathways of the historic Conservatory. See local light artists use the plants as c... More

Sunday, April 14

Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appeal to audiences of all ages and sensibilities. Most ... More
Forest Mindfulness

1:00 pm

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

Monday, April 15

Committee of the Whole - Canceled

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

Wednesday, April 17

Story Hour

11:00 am

(rescheduled from April 10) Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Science: Chicks and Chickens Art: Crayon... More

Friday, April 19

Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may be removing invasive plants, re-planting areas with native plants, or performing other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No ex... More
Nature After Hours - Slugs & Mugs

6:00 pm

Join the Point Defiance Park Rangers for an evening hike followed by an adult beverage around the fireplace at the Pagoda on Trolley Lane. This month's theme is slugs & snails! From local heroes to invading enemies, get to know the g... More
Glow Golf

9:00 pm

Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... More

Saturday, April 20

Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Register Online   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... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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 inva... 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
Spring Fling at Eastside Community Center

10:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at this free community festival. Enjoy a variety of themed arts and crafts, games, and family activities. Bring swimsuits and hop in the pool for a free open swim from 11 am-12 pm!   Eastside Community... More
Earth Day Extravaganza

12:00 pm

It’s time to celebrate the earth at the Tacoma Nature Center during this free family event!  • Play fun conservation games with Tacoma Water and Tacoma Power! • Create earth friendly crafts with Tahoma Audubon and Metro... More

Sunday, April 21

Tacoma Giants Part 1: Intro to Point Defiance Trees

10:00 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
Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk

12:00 pm

  Take a walk to the tallest tree in Point Defiance with a certified arborist and immerse yourself into the world of living natural history.   Fall in love with the infinite shades of green in this in-depth look into the biol... More

Monday, April 22

Park Board Meeting

6:00 pm

This meeting will be held at STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma 98409 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 a... More

Wednesday, April 24

Capital Improvement Committee - Canceled

5:00 pm

The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) at 5 pm to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The... More

Saturday, April 27

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
Wapato Lake Park Restoration Work Party

9:00 am

Our steward at Wapato Lake Park will be hosting a work party the 4th Saturday of the month.  We will be removing invasive non-native plants and maintaining previous plantings, in an effort to restore the ecology near the wetlands.  ... 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
Super Girl Scout Day

9:30 am

How cool is it to earn a Girl Scout badge while staring at a moose? With the park opening at 9:30 am and activities beginning at 11 am, Girl Scouts can explore habitats, discover animals like elk, beaver and bison, take a tram ride and do craft... More
Spring into Action

10:00 am

Spring Into Action is a community festival celebrating Oak Tree Park, S. 74th and Cedar Streets, Tacoma. Join us in picking up trash, pulling invasive plants and recording the wildlife you see on the iNaturalist app as part of the City Nature C... More
Klahowya

11:00 am

In 1855, Fort Nisqually was home to people from around the world and they greeted each other with the Chinook Jargon word "Klahowya." At this event we welcome all Pierce County residents with free admission for hands-on activities,... 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! Find out what makes them more specia... More
Family Nature Walk - Wapato Hills 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, April 28

Park Rx Day - Family Health Festival at Point Defiance

11:00 am

National Park Rx 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! Drop ... More

Monday, April 29

Committee of the Whole - Canceled

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