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Saturday, July 1

Sharks!
Dive into the world of sharks! Learn about a shark's role in the ocean ecosystem through interactive activity stations. Learn about shark conservation and join us in pledging to protect sharks around the world. Learn more at pdza.org. 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
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
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, July 2

Sharks!
Dive into the world of sharks! Learn about a shark's role in the ocean ecosystem through interactive activity stations. Learn about shark conservation and join us in pledging to protect sharks around the world. 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

Tuesday, July 4

Free Swimming at Outdoor Pools
Visit one of our outdoor pools today and receive FREE admission!  Pool capacity is limited.   Kandle Pool: Noon - 5 5302 N 26th St., (253) 404-3920 website Stewart Heights Pool: Noon - 5 402 E 56th St.,  (253) 5... More

Wednesday, July 5

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 Vegetable Gardens: Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story by Linda Glaser Art: Garden... More
Championship Baseball at Cheney Stadium

4:00 pm

Cheer for your favorite team during the Metro Parks Tacoma youth competitive baseball championship games. Free! Between games the Parade of Players will feature youth from every Metro Parks Baseball team -- from T-ball through 18U.  ... More

Friday, July 7

Sprout Smart Drop-In Day

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops and drop-in activities around plants and gardens. Jul. 7, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm This week's Drop-In activity: Learn how to listen for the music nature ... More

Saturday, July 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
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
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, July 9

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 month's musical artist is the Kareem Kandi Trio. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended t... More

Monday, July 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
Explore the Shore

11:45 am

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, July 11

Lavender Wand Making Workshop

1:00 pm

Join Conservatory Foundation board member, Priscilla Taylor to make a lovely lavender wand while sipping refreshing lavender lemonade. Lavender is one of Shakespeare's blooms. Free, Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316... More

Wednesday, July 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 art project. This month featuring Country Gardens: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Art: Bunny Puppets Kids will h... More

Thursday, July 13

Titlow Park Park Watch & Habitat Restoration Meeting

6:00 pm

Join us at Titlow Lodge (8425 6th Ave.) to find out how you can help keep Titlow Park clean, green, and safe. We're looking for some Titlow Park friends . . . Volunteer your time and labor to help restore and conserve Titlow's dozens... More

Friday, July 14

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
Sprout Smart Drop-In Day

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops and drop-in activities around plants and gardens. Jul. 14, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm This week's Drop-In activity: Explore the Shakespeare in Bloom e... More
Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

Children will race for saltwater taffy fired from the candy cannon as several cannon firings punctuate an evening of 19th century fun with the Fort’s living historians. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and join in scavenger h... More
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 14, July 28, and August 18. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, crafts, R... More

Saturday, July 15

Keeper Spotlight
Learn about careers in animal care through activities and demonstrations at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Learn more at nwtrek.org. More
Wild Cat Weekend
Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that’s purrfect for the entire family. Make a cat-like connection with our resident cats and watch them enjoy special treats and toys designed by their keepers. Learn more at pdza.org. More
Yin Fusion Experience

8:30 am

Meet on the lawn outside the Pagoda and together we will move through a yoga class that combines the seamless movement of Vinyasa with the depth that comes from Yin yoga and longer held postures. Throughout this Experience you will be moved ... 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
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
Tacoma Giants: Part 1 Trees of Point Defiance Park

9:00 am

Discover the trees at Point Defiance Park with Mik Miazio, a certififed arborist. He'll introduce you to the "Beanstalk", a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas-fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort Nisqually. ... 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
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
The Earth Has Music for Those Who Listen

2:00 pm

Join us for a mesmerizing performance by classical vocalist Teresa Lin in the Conservatory as she takes us on a journey of Shakespeare's most memorable works around nature. Free, Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 So... More

Sunday, July 16

Wild Cat Weekend
Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that’s purrfect for the entire family. Make a cat-like connection with our resident cats and watch them enjoy special treats and toys designed by their keepers. Learn more at pdza.org. More
Special Olympics Southwest Region Golf Tournament

8:00 am

Between 200 and 300 players from throughout Southwest Washington will turn out for Meadow Park's 12th outing as host of the regional tournament. This includes around 30 regular participants in Metro Parks Tacoma's specialized recreation... 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, July 17

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
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, July 18

Lavender Wand Making Workshop

1:00 pm

Join Conservatory Foundation board member, Priscilla Taylor to make a lovely lavender wand while sipping refreshing lavender lemonade. Lavender is one of Shakespeare's blooms. Free, Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316... More

Wednesday, July 19

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 City Gardens and Farmer's Markets: To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda Art: Market List ... More

Thursday, July 20

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
The Secret Art of the Tussie Mussie

5:30 pm

Attend our Tussie-Mussie workshop and embark on a fascinating journey into the Victorian/Edwardian age and the mysterious language of flowers. Compose your own secret message comprised of a small flower and herb bouquet. $10. Register at ww... More

Friday, July 21

Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Enjoy an outdoor birding experience adapted for seniors and those with limited mobility that highlights the many birds that live in or pass through Point Defiance Park throughout the year. FREE – this event is made possible by the gene... More
Sprout Smart Drop-In Day

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops and drop-in activities around plants and gardens. Jul. 21, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm This week's Drop-In activity: Learn about nature in an engaging way by... More
Friday at the Fort

6:00 pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a summer evening party in the unique setting of Fort Nisqually and Point Defiance Park. The beauty of the Park at dusk surrounds you while live music adds energy and fun to the scene. Choose to kick back and... 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

Saturday, July 22

Swan Creek 5k

9:00 am

Swan Creek 5k Saturday, July 22 9 am Swan Creek Park LEARN  MORE 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
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 Plant Garden. Today's topic is Songbirds. Tahoma Audubon will h... 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
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
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

Sunday, July 23

Food Truck Fest

10:30 am

Tacoma, isn’t it time you come to your senses? Tantalize your taste buds, savor the scents, feast your eyes on nature's beauty, and devour the sounds of great local music. Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:30 am-6:00 pm Wright Park, 501 Sou... 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
Making a Point - Living History Presentations

4:00 pm

Get to know the key characters who turned Point  Defiance into a Park: Allen C. Mason, Rep. Francis Cushman, and Edith May Ferris, brought to life by local history interpreters Walter Neary, Patrick Haas, and Karen Haas. Presentation fo... More

Monday, July 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
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
Explore the Shore

11:30 am

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, July 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
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 School Gardens: It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona... More

Friday, July 28

Kandle Park Sunset Cinema
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! This summer, enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie, presented by Sound Credit Union and movie sponsor Click! Network in partnershi... More
Family Campout
We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 14, July 28, and August 18. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, crafts, R... More
Sprout Smart Drop-In Day

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops and drop-in activities around plants and gardens. Jul. 28, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm / This week's Drop-In activity: Carnivorous Plants. We'll learn abou... More

Saturday, July 29

Ethnic Fest Outdoor Movie
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. This summer, enjoy family-friendly... 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
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
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

Celebrating Culture & Community for Over 25 years! Since 1986 the festival has featured the many cultures and ethnic groups that make Pierce County a great place to live. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around... More

Sunday, July 30

Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

Celebrating Culture & Community for Over 25 years! Since 1986 the festival has featured the many cultures and ethnic groups that make Pierce County a great place to live. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around... More
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 invitatio... 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, July 31

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