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Saturday, November 4

Chillin' with Polar Bears
Discover the amazing world of polar bears, watch them get special treats, test your knowledge of polar bear adaptations, and learn how to help protect polar bear habitat in the wild. 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 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
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
Heritage Skills Workshop - Making Bacon

10:00 am

People have been preserving food by salting, smoking, drying and pickling for throusands of years and it can still be done today. Pork, and specifrically bacon, was one of the staples that crossed cultural and class boundaries to be consumed by... 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
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 View more Park Ranger programs at Point Defiance Park More
The Majesty of Flora and Fauna

1:00 pm

A Benefit Performance Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma Dancers will be dressed to represent fauna: Butterfly, Cricket, Peacock, Ladybug, Koi Fish and other exotic creatures. Come tour the Conservatory and be surprised by the beauty and elega... More
Squid Fishing Derby

3:00 pm

Enjoy a time limited squid derby with prizes for the winners based on number of squid caught in the time allowed. 1st Place Adult $50 Marina Gift Card 2nd Place Adult $30 Marina Gift Card 3rd Place Adult $20 Marina Gift Card Rule... More

Sunday, November 5

Chillin' with Polar Bears
Discover the amazing world of polar bears, watch them get special treats, test your knowledge of polar bear adaptations, and learn how to help protect polar bear habitat in the wild. Learn more at pdza.org. More
The Majesty of Flora and Fauna

1:00 pm

A Benefit Performance Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma Dancers will be dressed to represent fauna: Butterfly, Cricket, Peacock, Ladybug, Koi Fish and other exotic creatures. Come tour the Conservatory and be surprised by the beauty and elega... More

Monday, November 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

Wednesday, November 8

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 Secret Gardens - Special Gardens in Stories, Art, and Your Neighborhood: The Curious Garden by... More
Zoo/Trek Authority

5:30 pm

The Zoo/Trek Authority was established in 2001 to oversee disbursement of sales tax revenue to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.  In 2000, Pierce County voters approved a one-tenth-of-a-cent increase in th... More

Friday, November 10

Veterans' Appreciation Days

9:30 am

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are offering FREE admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family member... More

Saturday, November 11

Veterans' Appreciation Days

9:30 am

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are offering FREE admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family member... 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
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
Family Nature Walk - Titlow 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

Sunday, November 12

Veterans' Appreciation Days

9:30 am

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are offering FREE admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family member... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features the kitschy, fun Puget Sound Recorders. 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 mus... More

Monday, November 13

Park Board Meeting-CANCELLED
MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND A POWER OUTAGE. 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 seco... More
Public Hearing-CANCELLED

6:00 pm

MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND A POWER OUTAGE. 2018 REGULAR PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION 2018 EXCESS PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION Metro Parks Headquarters Bldg. 4702 S 19th St. More

Wednesday, November 15

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
Special Park Board Meeting

5:00 pm

Due to a power outage caused by the storm on Monday night, November 13th  the Park Board was forced to cancel their Study Session, Public Hearing and Regular Meeting.  The Public Hearing and Special Board meeting to take care of busin... More
Public Hearing

5:00 pm

Due to a power outage caused by the storm on Monday night, November 13th  the Park Board was forced to cancel  its Public Hearing.  The Public Hearing is now scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th at 5pm 2018 REGULAR PROPERTY ... More

Thursday, November 16

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, November 17

STAR Center Indoor Movie Series
Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie! Tonight we're showing Spider Man on the big screen. Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. November 17 - Spider Man ... More

Saturday, November 18

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 Owen Beach shelter. Be prepared to walk on the beach for up to ¾ of a mile. Toda... 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
Family Nature Walk - McKinley 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
Squid Fishing Derby (JBLM)

3:00 pm

Enjoy a time limited squid derby with prizes for the winners based on number of squid caught in the time allowed. Must follow WDFW regulations Rules of participation: All participants must fish off the PD Marina Pier. The pier will be ... More

Monday, November 20

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, November 23

Norpoint Turkey Trot

9:00 am

Join us Thanksgiving morning for the Norpoint Turkey Trot, Tacoma's original and largest Turkey Trot! The event is “stuffed” with holiday activities and features a 5k run, 2-mile run/walk and a kids trot. The race has been br... More

Friday, November 24

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... More

Saturday, November 25

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... 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

Sunday, November 26

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... More

Monday, November 27

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... More
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

2nd Public Hearing 2018 REGULAR PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION 2018 EXCESS PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION Metro Parks Headquarters Bldg. 4702 S 19th St.   More

Tuesday, November 28

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... More

Wednesday, November 29

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... More
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, November 30

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Clo... More