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Saturday, September 2

Feeding Frenzy
See how keepers present food in creative ways to stimulate animals' natural food-finding behaviors at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Watch animals enjoy specialized meals. Learn more at nwtrek.org. More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Cancelled - The September 2 and October 7 Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Parties have been cancelled. Normally, these volunteer events are held the first Saturday of every month. Our Habitat steward provides a fun, open, and secure p... 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
Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Let go of your work week and kick start your weekend with a loving community based practice of meditation, sound, light movement and sacred breath. This gathering invites all levels of experience to join together in a supportive community. Surr... More
End of Summer Blast

9:30 am

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids' Zone or cafe. ... 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
Succulent Love

1:00 pm

Jade & Co. succulent boutique will share their expertise on how to care for and design with cactus and succulents. $3 suggested donation. W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 South G Street in historic Wright Park (253) 591-5330 More

Sunday, September 3

Feeding Frenzy
See how keepers present food in creative ways to stimulate animals' natural food-finding behaviors at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Watch animals enjoy specialized meals. Learn more at nwtrek.org. More
End of Summer Blast

9:30 am

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids' Zone or cafe. ... 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, September 4

Feeding Frenzy
See how keepers present food in creative ways to stimulate animals' natural food-finding behaviors at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Watch animals enjoy specialized meals. Learn more at nwtrek.org. More
End of Summer Blast

9:30 am

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids' Zone or cafe. ... More
Free Swimming at Outdoor Pools

12:00 pm

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) 573-2532 ... More

Wednesday, September 6

Commitee 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

Saturday, September 9

Pooch Pool Party & Dog Gone Run
It's a puppy play day! Treat your furry friends to a run and/or a swim. There are three ways to participate! Run and Swim Swim Only Run Only The dog friendly race is 2-miles and begins at 8 am. Run participants will have t... 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
Harvest Home

11:00 am

Join us to celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn at our Harvest Home festival.  The day will include popular Victorian games, traditional music and dance performances, and the arrival of the hock cart carrying the last sheaf o... More
Ikebana by Megumi at the Conservatory

1:00 pm

Megumi Schacher will share the history of Ikebana. The Sogetsu School of ikebana, founded in 1927, has its roots in the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement. Their philosophy is that the basic rules and techniques of ikebana are the found... More
Ranger-led Nature Walk

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. Free Also held: Oct. 7, Nov. 4 View more Park Ranger programs at Poin... More

Sunday, September 10

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 Micaela Cooley, cellist, singer and songwriter. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes an... More

Monday, September 11

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, September 13

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

Friday, September 15

PARK(ing) Day 2017

10:00 am

Visit us downtown as we turn passive urban parking stalls into active mini-parks filled with people, plants, music, art, and games. Local businesses, organizations, and residents will showcase their creativity by transforming more than 35 pa... More
United Way Day of Caring

10:30 am

Each year, the United Way challenges corporate groups and individuals to get involved in local community projects in September. Metro Parks Tacoma hosts or co-hosts sites in order to improve our natural spaces and nature-centered facilities. W... More

Saturday, September 16

Run Wild
Choose from a 5k or 8k run or a 5k walk and explore Northwest Trek's unique race setting. Your registration fee helps support Northwest Trek programming and conservation efforts. Registration includes park admission. Northwest Trek Wi... 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
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 Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic ... 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
Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Let go of your work week and kick start your weekend with a loving community based practice of meditation, sound, light movement and sacred breath. This gathering invites all levels of experience to join together in a supportive community. Surr... More

Sunday, September 17

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

11:00 am

Valhalla Coffee Roasters will be sharing the fascinating story of coffee from bean to cup and sharing some of their delicious coffee with us. We'll also get an up close look at the conservatory's very own coffee tree. $3 suggested do... 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, September 18

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

Thursday, September 21

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

Saturday, September 23

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
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Help the Ivy League remove the invasive English ivy that is climbing trees along the promenade. Please come in yard work clothes and boots, and bring work gloves and plenty of water. Tools and snacks are provided. Come a few minutes early to co... More
Branch Out!

1:00 pm

We're exploring Wright Park trees from an artistic perspective with local artist, Kathy Anderson. Class participants will come away with not just a how to sketch, but a botanical illustration that really looks at the tree form and leaf stud... More
Eastside Community Center Celebration

2:00 pm

You're invited to a community celebration to mark the beginning of construction for Eastside Community Center, a $31 million facility going up on the campus of First Creek Middle School. The celebration will not only put a spotlight on t... More

Monday, September 25

Park Board Meeting - Canceled
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, September 27

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

Saturday, September 30

SPLASH!
Watch sea lions, walruses, and other magnificent marine animals enjoy special treats at Rocky Shores. Chat with the keepers who care for them and learn about their conservation in the wild - and what you can do to help protect their species. Le... 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
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
Tea Talk & Tasting with Ubi's

1:00 pm

Local tea and spice shop, Ubiquitous Journey, also known as Ubi's, will give an enthralling talk on the history, benefits and community build around tea. $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 South G Street in... More

Sunday, October 1

SPLASH!
Watch sea lions, walruses, and other magnificent marine animals enjoy special treats at Rocky Shores. Chat with the keepers who care for them and learn about their conservation in the wild - and what you can do to help protect their species. Le... More