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Monday, April 2

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More

Tuesday, April 3

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in any time between 10 am-1 pm and enjoy activities around plants and nature. April 3 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from seeds and pot your very own tiny plant to take home. April 4 Nature Art: Create a masterpiece using natural an... More

Wednesday, April 4

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in any time between 10 am-1 pm and enjoy activities around plants and nature. April 3 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from seeds and pot your very own tiny plant to take home. April 4 Nature Art: Create a masterpiece using natural an... More
Walk Tacoma Kick-Off

12:00 pm

Join Downtown On the Go for the 2018 Walk Tacoma series! The walks are scheduled on the 1st Wednesdays of the month, starting on April 4.  Explore and learn about the different areas of downtown Tacoma through the 1.5 - 2 mile themed wa... More

Thursday, April 5

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in any time between 10 am-1 pm and enjoy activities around plants and nature. April 3 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from seeds and pot your very own tiny plant to take home. April 4 Nature Art: Create a masterpiece using natural an... More
Rainiers' Opening Day Blood Drive

12:00 pm

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!     April 5, 2018  &n... More
Opening Day 5k

6:00 pm

Start the baseball season off with a celebratory 5k run/walk that is sure to be a hit for the whole family. This run will take you down part of the Scott Pierson Trail and finish at Cheney Stadium, the home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Once you f... More

Friday, April 6

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in any time between 10 am-1 pm and enjoy activities around plants and nature. April 3 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from seeds and pot your very own tiny plant to take home. April 4 Nature Art: Create a masterpiece using natural an... More
STAR Center Indoor Movie Series

5:00 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

Saturday, April 7

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 Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Ravens. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participants t... 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
Spring Fling at Northwest Trek

9:30 am

Get wild with spring fun. Forage for edible wild plants, participate in spring crafts and activities, and see our animals get natural spring bouquets. Free with admission.   Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville More
Spring Fling at the Center at Norpoint

10:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at  this free community festival and join us for a morning of family friendly games and activities.  There will be fitness demos, arts & crafts, bounce houses, a baloon artist, face painting, ... 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

Sunday, April 8

Spring Fling at Northwest Trek

9:30 am

Get wild with spring fun. Forage for edible wild plants, participate in spring crafts and activities, and see our animals get natural spring bouquets. Free with admission.   Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville More
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
Second Sunday Concert

1:00 pm

This month's concert features jazz vocalist Cara Francis. 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 intend... More

Monday, April 9

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
Fuchsia Garden Spring Pruning

10:00 am

Annual pruning and clean-up of garden in preparation for the growing season. Tahoma Fuchsia Society members will be on hand to answer questions about growing and caring for hardy fuchsias. Learn more about the Fuchsia Garden. More

Wednesday, April 11

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
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!     April 11, 2018  &... 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 Flower Gardens: Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Ap... More

Friday, April 13

Artist Reception - Arts Connect Exhibit

5:00 pm

Meet the artists of Arts Connect and hear the story behind this special exhibit. Arts Connect is a Hilltop Artists' community-based program for girls who are involved with the Pierce County Juvenile Court and the foster care sytem. In... 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, April 14

Spring Flora Hike

9:00 am

Get an introduction to the spring plants in the forest on this walking tour with botanist Romey Haberle. Program will require approximately 4 miles of walking over uneven terrain. Meet at the Rhododendron Garden. Ages 10 and over. $5 per... 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
Spring Fling at Portland Ave Community Center

10:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at  this free community festival. Bring your entire family to enjoy a petting zoo, games and contests, craft projects ...and a giant sling shot challenge! Food and beverage available for purchase. &nbs... 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
Orchid Talk

1:00 pm

Orchids are fascinating and addictive . . . just ask a member of the Tacoma Orchid Society! Bring your orchid related questions and walk away with some great tips and tricks. $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 3... More
Earth Day Pier Peer

7:00 pm

Bring your family to Foss Waterway Seaport to join us for an aquatic night-time adventure. We'll explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! Enjoy a Pier Peer, fun activities to learn about pro... More

Sunday, April 15

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, April 16

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

Friday, April 20

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, April 21

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
Tahoma Fuchsia Society Annual Plant Sale

9:00 am

Tahoma Fuchsia Society will be selling fuchsia starts and larger plants to support the Point Defiance Fuchsia Garden. Sale Location: North 12th and Stevens in the Disabled American Veterans Hall Tacoma, WA Learn more about the Fuchsia ... 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
Earth Day Migration Celebration

12:00 pm

It’s time to celebrate the earth at the Tacoma Nature Center at this free Family Event! Play migration games! Learn About Washington Migrators! Explore amazing collections from the Slater Museum of Natural History! Build a woo... More

Monday, April 23

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, April 25

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, April 27

BioBlitz

2:00 pm

Ever wondered just how many living organisms call Point Defiance Park home? We'll find out, at the park's BioBlitz, a survey of all living things in the park on April 27 - April 28. Volunteers will help out in four-hour shifts d... More

Saturday, April 28

BioBlitz

2:00 pm

Ever wondered just how many living organisms call Point Defiance Park home? We'll find out, at the park's BioBlitz, a survey of all living things in the park on April 27 - April 28. Volunteers will help out in four-hour shifts d... More
Rhododendron Society Annual Plant Sale

9:00 am

Many types of rhododendrons and azaleas (evergreen and deciduous) will be for sale with proceeds going back into the Rhododendron Garden.  Rhododendron Society members will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on rhododendron car... 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
Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

APRIL 28TH WORK PARTY CANCELLED. SEE YOU NEXT MONTH! 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... More
Wapato Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

APRIL 28TH WORK PARTY CANCELLED. SEE YOU NEXT MONTH! 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. Vo... More
Bloodworks Mobile Blood Drive-STAR Center

9:00 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!     STAR Center Fitness & W... 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
Tacoma Bike Swap: 10th Annual

10:00 am

The Tacoma Bike Swap is an annual event hosted every April, and this year it will be on April 28, 2018. This exciting community event is free to attend and is great for people who are looking to buy or sell bikes and bike-related accessories. T... 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
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
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 Point ... More

Sunday, April 29

National ParkRx Day

11:00 am

National ParkRx Day is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Come out to Point Defiance Park and get your prescription filled! Schedu... More

Monday, April 30

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