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Friday, March 1

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More
Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may be removing invasive plants, re-planting areas with native plants, or other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat.   No exper... More

Saturday, March 2

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... 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. Volunteers will learn about restoration efforts happening at Ryan's Park, as well as get hands on experience with how to ... More
Garfield Gulch Annual Restoration Planting

9:00 am

Join us for our annual winter planting activity as we care for the park by removing invasive plants and trash and re-planting areas with native vegetation. We will have over 100 native plants to get in the ground including serviceberry, Paci... More
South Sound Sustainability Expo

10:00 am

Join us at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center for a day celebrating all things sustainability in the South Sound area with over a hundred vendors, interactive workshops, screen-printing, community art, a kid's corner and more! New this... 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, March 3

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... 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, March 4

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More
Mobile Blood Drive - Norpoint

8:00 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! March 4, 2019       &n... More

Tuesday, March 5

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More
Titlow Park Public Meeting #3

6:00 pm

You're invited to discuss the park's shoreline, its forested areas, trails and the former Tacoma Outboard Association site.   Your input will help us make parts of 75-acre Titlow Park more publicly accessible whil... More

Wednesday, March 6

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Thursday, March 7

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Friday, March 8

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More
Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Celebrate the birds of Point Defiance Park in this mobility-adjusted program. Enjoy a short lecture with seating provided followed by an optional short walk. This program is made possible by support from Franke Tobey Jones Senior University. T... More

Saturday, March 9

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More
St. Patrick's Day 5k

9:00 am

Come get your Irish jig on and join us on this lovely 5k around the trails of Titlow. The race is chip-timed and dogs (on leash) are welcome! Race begins at 9 am Check-in begins at 8 am Entry Fee       ... 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
Kids 'n' Critters Discount Days

9:30 am

Because of the snow in February, this has been rescheduled to March 9-10. Hold a mountain goat skull. Stroke a wolf pelt. Stagger under elk antlers. And get up close to dozens of native Northwest animals. Kids 'n' Critters is the per... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma - Marvelous Mollusks

7:30 pm

Note: this event was postponed from an earlier date Bring your family to the Point Defiance Marina to join us for an aquatic night-time adventure. We'll explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalis... More

Sunday, March 10

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More
Kids 'n' Critters Discount Days

9:30 am

Because of the snow in February, this has been rescheduled to March 9-10. Hold a mountain goat skull. Stroke a wolf pelt. Stagger under elk antlers. And get up close to dozens of native Northwest animals. Kids 'n' Critters is the per... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features 1010 Acapella. 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 appeal ... More

Monday, March 11

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Tuesday, March 12

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Wednesday, March 13

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Thursday, March 14

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Friday, March 15

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Saturday, March 16

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Sunday, March 17

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Monday, March 18

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Tuesday, March 19

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Wednesday, March 20

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Thursday, March 21

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Friday, March 22

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Saturday, March 23

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Sunday, March 24

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Monday, March 25

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Tuesday, March 26

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Wednesday, March 27

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Thursday, March 28

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Friday, March 29

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Saturday, March 30

March Muscle Membership Special
It's time for March Muscle!   Become a passholder at any community center and receive 25% off a six month pass with no setup fee.   Valid March 1-31, ,2019 Promotion valid for new account holders only.   This s... More

Monday, March 11

Park Board Meeting

6:00 pm

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, March 13

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: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi Science: Birds Art: Bird Design Suggested donation: $3 W.W. Seymour ... More
Capital Improvement Committee

5:00 pm

The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) at 5 pm to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The... More

Friday, March 15

Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may be removing invasive plants, re-planting areas with native plants, or performing other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No ex... More
Tacoma Nature Center 40th Anniversary Reception

5:00 pm

View some great moments in the 40 year history of the Tacoma Nature Center. Drop in during the reception for viewing the new exhibit along with historical artifacts, sharing some light refreshments, and the chance to meet some of the people ... More
Nature After Hours - Hoos & Booze

6:00 pm

Join the Point Defiance Park Rangers for an evening hike followed by an adult beverage around the fireplace at the Pagoda on Trolley Lane. This month's theme is owls! Point Defiance Park is home to five species of owls, so there is a good c... More

Saturday, March 16

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
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

Rescheduled from March 9 to March 16. Meet the Park Ranger just before 9 am for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the Owen Beach picnic shelter. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Eagles at the Point. Tahoma Audu... 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
Fitness & Wellness Conference at Norpoint

9:00 am

This is the time of year to try something new so stop by to see what Norpoint can offer you!  Sample fitness and cooking classes and browse vendor booths. Get inspired as you hear from our Keynote speaker, Erden Eruc about his adventure... 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
Heritage Skills Workshop - Bee Independent

1:30 pm

Bee Independent! Learn how to engineer your own lip balm and moisturizers based on your skin needs while helping support local pollinators. For the kitchen, we will practice making reusable food wraps using natural cloth and beeswax. All recipe... More

Sunday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo

10:00 am

Watch animals enjoy “lucky” green treats in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Find out more here. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407 pdza.org More

Monday, March 18

Committee of the Whole - canceled

5:30 pm

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

Saturday, March 23

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
Under the Sea

5:00 pm

UNDER THE SEA for Tacoma kids with disabilities and their families Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl Street, Tacoma Experience the new Pacific Seas Aquarium and meet animals up close across the Zoo.   be mes... More

Sunday, March 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 biol... More

Monday, March 25

Park Board Meeting

6:00 pm

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, March 26

Mobile Blood Drive - MPT Main Office

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! March 26, 2019       &... More
Metro Parks Job Fair

4:00 pm

The Metro Parks job fair is a great way to learn about part-time and seasonal positions that may interest you, discover what we have to offer, and find out about becoming a part of our great organization. At Metro Parks we love doing what we... More

Wednesday, March 27

Capital Improvement Committee

5:00 pm

The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) at 5 pm to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The... More

Saturday, March 30

Plant Sale to Benefit Rose Garden

9:00 am

A Plant Sale to benefit the Metro Parks’ Rose Gardens will be held from 9 am to 2 pm on March 30 at the Point Defiance Pagoda. Sponsored by the Tacoma Rose Society, the sale will feature roses grown by Metro Parks’ staff and Taco... More
UWT Titlow Park Restoration Work Party

10:00 am

The University of Washington Tacoma, Restoration Ecology students need your help with finishing up their capstone project at Titlow Park.  Site is located on the corner of Hidden Beach Dr. and 6th Ave.  Things to bring:  ... 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! Find out what makes them more specia... More