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Saturday, February 2

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. Volunteers will learn about restoration efforts happening at Ryan's Park, as well as get hands on experience with how to ... More
Resolution Reboot - Wellness & Resource Fair

10:00 am

Reserve your spot for the FREE Resolution Reboot at Eastside Community Center.   The new Eastside Community Center is hosting their first annual Wellness & Resource Fair. Pre-register for this free event and you'll be en... 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, February 3

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, February 4

POSTPONED: Center at Norpoint Anniversary Celebration

11:00 am

This event has been postponed due to the weather. Stay tuned for future details! Join us at the Center at Norpoint for our anniversary open house celebration featuring membership and fitness specials, commemorative giveaways and more! H... More

Thursday, February 7

Mobile Blood Drive - Point Defiance Zoo
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 7, 2019 Time: TBD    &... More

Saturday, February 9

All Work Parties Canceled
Due to the predicted snow accumulation we have canceled Franklin Park's Work party for this Saturday.  More

Sunday, February 10

Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Ranger and the Re-Arrangers - Swing & Jazz Musicians. This Seattle group evokes the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy jazz. Enjoy live acoustic... More

Monday, February 11

Park Board Meeting - Canceled
This meeting has been canceled due to continuing inclement weather. 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... More

Wednesday, February 13

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

The Feb. 13 story hour has been cancelled. Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: The Big Snow by Berta Hader Science: Snowflakes Art: Snowflake ... More

Thursday, February 14

Mobile Blood Drive - People's Center

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 14, 2019      ... More

Friday, February 15

Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Please note that the February 15th work party has been cancelled due to lingering effects of the storm which make regular stewardship activities difficult. Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may ... More
Wine & Chocolate

6:00 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

Saturday, February 16

Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Register Online   Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beach. Meet at the Point Defiance Marina at 9 am. This event occurs rain or shine! Dress for the weather, whatever that means for ... More
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

This event has been rescheduled from Feb. 9 to Feb. 16. Meet the Park Ranger just before 9 am for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the Rhododendron Garden. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Urban Owls. Tahom... More
CANCELLED: Oak Tree Park & McKinley Park Work Parties

9:00 am

Work parties CANCELLED, due to the inclement weather at Oak Tree Park & McKinley Park.  Join us next Saturday, at  Charlotte's Blueberry Park or  Wapato Lake Park.  Or next month on the 3rd Saturday at &... More
Heritage Skills Workshop - Basketry

10:00 am

Judy Bridges, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, will lead a hands-on workshop in which participants construct a small roundish basket using cedar bark, sweet grass and raffia.  It will include the following techniques, plaiting, twinin... 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, February 17

Forest Mindfulness

1:00 pm

This event has been rescheduled from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17. 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 n... More

Monday, February 18

Committee of the Whole - canceled
This meeting has been canceled 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. ... More

Thursday, February 21

Community Listening Session: Hilltop Library Services

6:00 pm

Join Council Member Keith Blocker, Metro Parks Executive Director Shon Sylvia and Library Director Kate Larsen to hear about new library services for the Hilltop area. Come provide input on the materials, programs and services that interest ... More

Friday, February 22

Black History Celebration

5:30 pm

People's Center is excited to introduce their Inaugural Black History Celebration. This community celebration features guest speakers, spoken word, praise dancing, live painting, art & crafts and much more. People's Community ... More

Saturday, February 23

Valentines 5K

8:00 am

The race has been rescheduled for February 23 at 8am. Let's run away together! This is an out-and-back along Ruston Way, beginning at Cummings Park (near the Lobster Shop restaurant), to Point Ruston, and back. All participants who hav... 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 Park Restoration Work Party

9:00 am

Our steward at Wapato Lake Park will be hosting a work party the 4th Saturday of the month.  We will be removing invasive non-native plants and maintaining previous plantings, in an effort to restore the ecology near the wetlands.  ... More

Sunday, February 24

Tacoma Giants Part 1: Intro to Point Defiance Trees

10:00 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
Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk

12:00 pm

Take a walk to the tallest tree in Point Defiance with a certified arborist and immerse yourself into the world of living natural history.   Fall in love with the infinite shades of green in this in-depth look into the biology and hi... More

Monday, February 25

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
Mobile Blood Drive - Eastside

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! February 25, 2019      ... More

Thursday, February 28

Swan Creek Public Meeting #3

6:00 pm

Do you love Swan Creek Park? Please join us to share ideas about future improvements. Some of the ideas under consideration are a dog park, new trail systems, renovation of old trail systems, more parking, restrooms, special event space and ... More