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Saturday, September 1

Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
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 Fall Migration. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for partic... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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. Vo... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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 ar... More

Sunday, September 2

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More

Monday, September 3

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Tuesday, September 4

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Wednesday, September 5

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Thursday, September 6

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More

Friday, September 7

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Pacific Seas Aquarium Opening Weekend

9:30 am

Come celebrate the opening of our new Pacific Seas Aquarium! Be wowed by Baja Bay full of green sea turtles, rays, sharks and fish; get up close with marine creatures in the Tidal Touch Zone and so much more. Free with admission. More inform... More
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online $40 includes: Round of golf on the Williams Nine Cours... More

Saturday, September 8

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Pacific Seas Aquarium Opening Weekend

9:30 am

Come celebrate the opening of our new Pacific Seas Aquarium! Be wowed by Baja Bay full of green sea turtles, rays, sharks and fish; get up close with marine creatures in the Tidal Touch Zone and so much more. Free with admission. More inform... More
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 Run Only Swim Only RUN AND SWIM The dog friendly race is 2-miles and begins at 8 am. Run participan... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

  Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday. Our habitat steward Nori Kimura and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and gr... More
Succulents 101

11:00 am

Succulents and cactus are everyone’s favorite low-maintenance plants to grow, but have you found that they are actually a little tricky? Owner of Jade & Co, a local succulent boutique, will be at the conservatory to share some practic... More

Sunday, September 9

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Pacific Seas Aquarium Opening Weekend

9:30 am

Come celebrate the opening of our new Pacific Seas Aquarium! Be wowed by Baja Bay full of green sea turtles, rays, sharks and fish; get up close with marine creatures in the Tidal Touch Zone and so much more. Free with admission. More inform... More
Downtown to Defiance: Sunday Parkways

9:00 am

Bike, walk, run, roll from Downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance Park. Join us for the 6th annual Sunday Parkways event, Downtown to Defiance!  This free event is for people walking, bicycling, skateboarding, scootering, rollerbladi... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features the Clover Creek Ramblers - Blue Grass, Folk. 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 t... More

Monday, September 10

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. 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

Tuesday, September 11

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Wednesday, September 12

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Capital Improvement Committee -Canceled
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
Metro Parks Tacoma Blood Drive

9:30 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!     September 12, 2018   &... More
Zoo/Trek Authority

5:30 pm

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:30PM 4702 S 19th St.  MPT Headquarters The Zoo/Trek Authority is charged with approving the biennial operating budgets for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park prior to... More

Thursday, September 13

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More

Friday, September 14

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Saturday, September 15

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. The September 15 Beach Clean Up will join the Puget Sound Keepers effort on International Coastal Clean Up Day. Come out and be a part of this internationa... 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
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. Reserve ... More

Sunday, September 16

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Monday, September 17

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Park Watch Monthly Meeting
This is a meeting for Park Watch members. Held 5:30-6:30 pm in the lower level of the Point Defiance Pagoda. To learn more about Park Watch please call (253) 305-1088 or visit  www.metroparkstacoma.org/pointdefianceparkwatch. Point D... 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, September 18

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Wednesday, September 19

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Thursday, September 20

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Friday, September 21

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Park(ing) Day

10:00 am

Businesses, artists, and organizations take to the streets with over 35 pop-up parks on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Enjoy the activities at each park, visit food trucks, win prizes by completing a Park(ing) Day passport, and join an o... More
Golf Glow Party

8:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online $40 includes: Round of golf on the Williams Nine Cours... More

Saturday, September 22

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Slug Celebration Walk

11:30 am

From local heroes to invading enemies, get to know the gastropods – also known as slugs and snails – who call Point Defiance Park home, including Washington’s largest species of land snail! Join us to celebrate these slimy ... More

Sunday, September 23

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Monday, September 24

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
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

Tuesday, September 25

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Wednesday, September 26

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. 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, September 27

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Friday, September 28

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More

Saturday, September 29

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. 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
Sensational Sea Otters

9:30 am

Sept. 24-30 is National Sea Otter Awareness Week - and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is joining in. Each day of Sensational Sea Otters (Sept. 29-30) they'll give their adorable otters Sekiu and Libby plenty of special treats and enrichm... 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, September 30

Senior Month
Half-price is hard to beat. At Northwest Trek all September long we're offering seniors (65+) half-price off general admission, plus 10% discounts at the Forest Cafe, gift shop and Zip Wild. That's a steal. More information here. More
Sensational Sea Otters

9:30 am

Sept. 24-30 is National Sea Otter Awareness Week - and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is joining in. Each day of Sensational Sea Otters (Sept. 29-30) they'll give their adorable otters Sekiu and Libby plenty of special treats and enrichm... More