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Saturday, February 3

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 Rhododendron Garden Pavilion. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Urban Owls. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participant... 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
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
Heritage Skills Workshop - 19th Century Clothing Construction

10:00 am

This hands-on workshop is perfect for anyone interested in creating their own period clothes.  Spend the morning learning about popular fabrics and styles of mid-19th century Pacific Northwest and the afternoon learning the basics needed t... 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
Guarding Fort Nisqually

11:00 am

Between September 1855 and April 1856, soldiers from Fort Steilacoom were called on to provide a sense of security at Fort Nisqually. Established as an outpost for the Hudson's Bay Company and operated as the headquarters of the Puget Sound... More
Family Nature Walk-Tacoma Nature Ctr

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, February 4

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

Thursday, February 8

Point Defiance Blood Drive

10:00 am

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!     February 8, 2018   Po... More

Friday, February 9

Wine & Chocolate

5:00 pm

Enjoy live music as you stroll through the romantically lit floral displays of the Conservatory. Sip some wine or champagne and nibble on savory hors d'oeuvres and decadent treats created by local chocolatiers. Ages 21 and older only. ... More
STAR Center Indoor Movie Series

7:00 pm

Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie on the big screen. Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. STAR Center 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA  98409 404-3939 More
Family Movie Night at Portland Ave

7:30 pm

Join us at Portland Avenue Community Center for a free indoor movie on a large indoor screen. Free popcorn! You are welcome to bring bean bags, game chairs, pillows, etc. for comfortable lounging. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by... More

Saturday, February 10

Valentines Run on the Waterfront

8:00 am

Run or walk this chip-timed 5k along the waterfront and add a little salty air to your Valentine's weekend. Learn more and sign up 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
Love at the Zoo

10:00 am

Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and special enrichments. Free with admission pdza.org (253) 591-5337 More
Point Defiance Open House

10:00 am

If you love Point Defiance, visit our open house on Feb. 10 A new aquarium, new recreation areas, a connection to Ruston Way, a roundabout … a lot of improvements are coming to Point Defiance Park. There are so many projects underway ... More

Sunday, February 11

Love at the Zoo

10:00 am

Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and special enrichments. Free with admission pdza.org (253) 591-5337 More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward Nori K and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Ruthann Ritchie on the harp. 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 inten... More

Monday, February 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

Wednesday, February 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
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 Herb Gardens: First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew by Robin Gourley Art: Herb... More

Friday, February 16

Tacoma Nature Center Volunteer Stewardship

9:00 am

Habitat Restoration Work All ages welcome, free Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experienc... More

Saturday, February 17

Presidents Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Join us for the Presidents Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Adult and youth teams will compete throughout the weekend for the Cup!   FREE ADMISSION for spectators! Come & support your local wheelchair basketball team Tacoma Tita... 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. Dress for the weather, whatever that means for you (... 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
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
Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event takes place Presidents Day Weekend. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critt... 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
Movies and Marine Life at the Seaport

7:00 pm

Bring your favorite person for a great "date night" at an adults only Pier Peer in Tacoma. You will have the chance to see cool critters while night-lighting on the pier, enjoy popcorn and a short film, and cap it off with somethin... More

Sunday, February 18

Presidents Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Join us for the Presidents Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Adult and youth teams will compete throughout the weekend for the Cup!   FREE ADMISSION for spectators! Come & support your local wheelchair basketball team Tacoma Tita... More
Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event takes place Presidents Day Weekend. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critt... More
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Location: 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 planti... More

Monday, February 19

Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event takes place Presidents Day Weekend. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critt... More
Committee of the Whole-cancelled
This meeting is cancelled due to the President's Day holiday. 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 fo... More

Saturday, February 24

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
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 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
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
Swim Saturday

12:30 pm

Join us at People’s Pool (1602 MLK Jr Way) to brush up on water safety and enjoy an open swim, plus giveaways and prizes! Free. 12:15-12:30 Registration 12:30-1 pm Water Safety 1-2:30 pm Recreation Swim Each participant will recei... More
Spring Fling & Hilltop Health Fair

1:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of spring at this free community festival. People’s Community Center 1602 MLK Jr. Way Presented by: 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  ... More

Monday, February 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

Wednesday, February 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