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Saturday, November 3

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
POSTPONED Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

  Event postponed till Decemeber 3rd 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 sec... 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
Polar Bear Awareness Weekend

10:00 am

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

Sunday, November 4

Polar Bear Awareness Weekend

10:00 am

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
Garden Tour at the Zoo

10:00 am

Take a tour around the beautiful landscapes of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, led by lead horticulturalist Bryon Jones.  This month: "Living Fossils," an exploration of the iconic Northwest ferns around the Zoo. Free wi... More

Monday, November 5

Commitee of the Whole

5:30 pm

Executive Directors Recommended Work Plan & Budget will be disussed. 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 atten... More

Wednesday, November 7

Titlow Park Master Plan meeting

6:00 pm

The public is invited to a brainstorming session to discuss the Titlow shoreline, its forested areas and the bridge to the former Tacoma Outboard Association site. Your input will help us make parts of 75-acre Titlow Park more publicly acces... More

Saturday, November 10

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
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

Sunday, November 11

Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Sweet Mary - 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 the music is intended to app... More

Tuesday, November 13

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district. This meeting is also Public Hearing #1 for the 2019-20 Metro Parks Tacoma Biennial Budget. Learn more Regular M... 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!     November 13, 2018   &n... More
Joint Park Board/City Council Study Session

12:00 pm

Joint Park Board/City Council Study Session 12:00 Noon Tacoma Municipal Building North 728 Market  Tacoma, WA More
Public Hearing

6:00 pm

6:00pm, Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters 4702 South 19th St.   Public Hearing #1 2019-20 Biennial Budget More

Wednesday, November 14

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
Story Hour

11:00 am

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Science: The Moon Art: Crayon Resist Moon Picture Suggested donation: $3 W.W. Se... More
Joint Park Board / Zoo Trek Authority Meeting

5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:00PM 5400 N. Pearl St. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA The Zoo/Trek Authority is charged with approving the biennial operating budgets for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwes... More

Thursday, November 15

Ride the Bus with Shon Sylvia

11:45 am

Ride the bus with Metro Parks Executive Director Shon Sylvia and tour the new Eastside Community Center! This free event, open to the public, is a chance to learn about your community, ask questions, and have a conversation with a local lead... More

Saturday, November 17

Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Register Online   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... 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
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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 inva... More
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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 dirt... More
Hogwarts Homecoming

10:30 am

Come join us at STAR Center for our first Harry Potter Party in celebration of the release of Fantastic Beasts 2. Prepare to be sorted into your Hogwarts House, play an exhausting game of quidditch, and brush up on potions and herbology less... 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
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

Monday, November 19

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 - canceled
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, November 23

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... More

Saturday, November 24

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... More
Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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. V... More

Sunday, November 25

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... More

Monday, November 26

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... 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. This meeting is also Public Hearing #2 for the 2019-20 Metro Parks Tacoma Biennial Budget. Learn more Regular M... More
Public Hearing #2

6:00 pm

6:00pm, Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters 4702 South 19th St.   Public Hearing #2 2019-20 Biennial Budget More

Tuesday, November 27

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... More

Wednesday, November 28

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... 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
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!     November 28, 2018  &nb... More

Thursday, November 29

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... More

Friday, November 30

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (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 dis... More