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Friday, June 2

Free Walking Tours at Point Defiance Park
Join the Park Ranger for these fun and informative walking tours. Registration not required for these drop-in programs. Friday, June 2 Meet at the Point Defiance Visitors Center 11:30 am-12 pm     Garden Tour 12:30-1 p... More
PT Trolley Summer Season Kick Off

9:30 am

Join Pierce Transit and partners for the launch of the Downtown to Defiance Trolley (Route 15). Friday, June 2 at 9:30am Tollefson Plaza at 17th & Pacific in Downtown Tacoma First 50 attendees will receive an ORCA card loaded with $1... More

Saturday, June 3

Free Walking Tours at Point Defiance Park
Join the Park Ranger for these fun and informative walking tours. Registration not required for these drop-in programs. Friday, June 2 Meet at the Point Defiance Visitors Center 11:30 am-12 pm     Garden Tour 12:30-1 p... More
Trails Day

9:00 am

Point Defiance Trails Getting a Helping Hand on National Trails Day Point Defiance Park serves more than 3.1 million visitors annually. One of the Park’s many popular features are the scenic hiking trails set in the vast ancient fores... 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
Ocean Commotion

9:30 am

Dive deep into educational activities and “sea” what’s so amazing about ocean life! Free with admission. Visit pdza.org for details. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Sunday, June 4

Free Walking Tours at Point Defiance Park
Join the Park Ranger for these fun and informative walking tours. Registration not required for these drop-in programs. Friday, June 2 Meet at the Point Defiance Visitors Center 11:30 am-12 pm     Garden Tour 12:30-1 p... More
Ocean Commotion

9:30 am

Dive deep into educational activities and “sea” what’s so amazing about ocean life! Free with admission. Visit pdza.org for details. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Monday, June 5

Committee of the Whole

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

Tuesday, June 6

Destination Point Defiance-Roundabout Public Meeting

6:00 pm

Two community meetings have been scheduled to review the project, answer questions, and to discuss the impacts of construction and the benefits upon completion. We encourage you to attend one or both of these meetings to learn more details a... More

Friday, June 9

Historic Structures and Sites of Point Defiance Park

10:00 am

Join Metro Parks Historic and Cultural Resource Manager Melissa McGinnis on a tour of the structures and sites still lremainning from the early days of Point Defiance Park. Approximately 0.75 mile of walking required. Fee: Free Point Defia... More

Saturday, June 10

Free Fishing Weekend
Grab your fishing pole and enjoy the Washington State's Free Fishing Weekend. No license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington State on June 10 & 11. Visit the Point Defiance Mari... More
National Marina Day

7:00 am

Get boating safety and fishing information and instruction. Fishing and boating tutorials will be offered throughout the day. Learn know tying, safe boating, rig tying and more. Free. Reduced priced boat rentals also available. (75% off boat a... More
Dock Fishing Derby

7:00 am

Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win 3 winnable categories: Flounder, Sculpin, Coolest Catch.  A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your catch! Dock Fishing Co... More
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
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Sunday, June 11

Free Fishing Weekend
Grab your fishing pole and enjoy the Washington State's Free Fishing Weekend. No license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington State on June 10 & 11. Visit the Point Defiance Mari... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More
Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. This months musical artist is Castletown, a Celtic Duo from Portland Oregon featuring Robert Richter (guitar) and Katie Lubiens (fiddle). With fl... More
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Meet at: E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Meet at the south end of the permeable parking lot in Swan Creek Park. Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. walking trails strategic edible plantin... More

Monday, June 12

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
Explore the Shore

12:45 pm

Explore local wildlife at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for ages 5-adult to learn about the biological... More

Tuesday, June 13

Joint Park Board/City Council Study Session

12:00 pm

Joint Park Board/City Council Study Session- 12Noon Tacoma Municipal Bldg. North, room 16, 733 Market St., Tacoma WA   More

Wednesday, June 14

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, June 15

Third Thursday Extended Hours

10:00 am

Visit the Conservatory during extended hours every third Thursday of each month! Conservatory hours on this day are 10am - 7pm. From the extra daylight hours during the summer to the enchantment of the Conservatory at night during the winter... More

Friday, June 16

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, June 17

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
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. Meet at the Northwest Native Garden. Today's topic is Songbirds. Tahoma Audubon will have a ... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Sunday, June 18

Half-Price Dads' Day

9:30 am

Dads are the stars on this special day! Meet animals up close, watch the show put on by the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, or sit and enjoy a drink at the café. All dads will receive half-off general admission. Learn more at pdza.org. More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Monday, June 19

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, June 22

Cleveland Scoring Clinic

5:30 pm

 Meadow Park Golf Course   April 5th, May 18th or June 22nd   5:30-7:00pm Cost: $129.99 REGISTER: Click Here    So to Recap: 90 minutes of expert short game inst... More

Saturday, June 24

Slug Fest
Join the fun at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as we celebrate all that is slimy and silly about the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk: the banana slug! Learn more at nwtrek.org. 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

CANCELLED - The June 24 Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party has been cancelled. Please join us on one of our future dates. Help restore your local park's natural area every fourth Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volu... More
Plough to Plate

11:00 am

Discover farm to table, 19th century style, at Plough to Plate! Throughout the day guests can tour the heritage kitchen garden and poultry house, orchard, and grain patch and learn how these relate to the agricultural history of the Fort. To... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Sunday, June 25

Slug Fest
Join the fun at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as we celebrate all that is slimy and silly about the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk: the banana slug! Learn more at nwtrek.org. More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

11:00 am

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
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Meet at: E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Meet at the south end of the permeable parking lot in Swan Creek Park. Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. walking trails strategic edible plantin... More

Monday, June 26

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
Explore the Shore

12:35 pm

Explore local wildlife at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for ages 5-adult to learn about the biological... More

Wednesday, June 28

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 art project. This month featuring Public Parks and Gardens: The Man Who Made Parks: The Story of Parkbuilder Frederick Law Olmst... More

Thursday, June 29

Eastside Community Center Public Meeting

6:00 pm

We are excited to announce that the City of Tacoma has granted construction permits, and that means we are starting to build Tacoma’s newest community center! We also will be spending the next few months talking with – and listen... More

Friday, June 30

Sprout Smart Workshop

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops and drop-in activities around plants and gardens. Jun. 30, 2017 / 11 am-1 pm Workshop / This week's activity: Plant and decorate tiny indoor garden... More
Swan Creek Camp Fire Program

8:00 pm

Join us for an evening gathered around the campfire listening to stories, singing songs, and learning about the natural world at Swan Creek Park. Meet at the  Swan Creek Park "gathering place." Gathering Place Amenities: p... More