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Friday, May 3

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 experience is... More

Saturday, May 4

Spring Native Plant Sale

9:00 am

Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area. Planting natives ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects. Native plants require less water and care than oth... 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
May the Fourth Be With You 5k

9:00 am

Are you a sci-fi fan who loves to run with the force? Get your favorite costume ready and join us for a 5k that loops around Wapato Park. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. Race is chip-timed. Race begins at 9 am... 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
Wild Wonders & Budgies Opening

9:30 am

Our Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater live animal show opens this weekend, with shows daily. And our Budgie Buddies habitat gives you the chance to meet and feed these friendly Aussie birds up close.   Find out more here. More
Point Defiance Marina Spring Swap Meet

10:00 am

SHOP Pick up some gently used fishing and boating gear. SELL Clean out lockers or garages of tackle and gear others may really need! Booths Register now for a 10x10 space for $20 (tenants get $5 off). Covered space is limited. Regi... More
Seasoning from the Garden Herbal Workshop

10:00 am

Join us at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory with award-winning garden designer, writer and speaker Sue Goetz. Grow Flavor! Create herb seasoning salt mixes using herbs from your garden. Shake them on a fresh leafy salad or flavor up a mar... More
Family Nature Walk - Tacoma Nature Center

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. Reserve ... More

Sunday, May 5

Wild Wonders & Budgies Opening

9:30 am

Our Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater live animal show opens this weekend, with shows daily. And our Budgie Buddies habitat gives you the chance to meet and feed these friendly Aussie birds up close.   Find out more here. More
Vintage Hickory Invitational

9:00 am

Play the classic 100 year old Meadow Park Golf Course with vintage turn of the century golf clubs from Scotland. All participants are encouraged to dress in early 1900's style attire to add to the event experience. Collector's Ta... 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

Wednesday, May 8

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: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith Science: Planting Gardens Art: Green Design Suggested donation: $3 W.W. Sey... More

Friday, May 10

Planting Days in May

10:00 am

An assortment of annual plants, houseplants and succulents will be for sale. Bring an empty pot or hanging basket and we'll help you plant them. Treat yourself, your mother or a loved one to the gift of Mother Nature! Suggested donati... 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. M... More

Saturday, May 11

Planting Days in May

10:00 am

An assortment of annual plants, houseplants and succulents will be for sale. Bring an empty pot or hanging basket and we'll help you plant them. Treat yourself, your mother or a loved one to the gift of Mother Nature! Suggested donati... 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
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 Northwest Native Plant Garden. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Spring Arrivals. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for par... More
Half-Price Mothers' Day

9:30 am

Moms are the stars on this special day! Meet animals up close or sit and enjoy a drink at the café. All moms will receive half-off general admission. Find out more here. Presented by: 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
Edible Plant Hike

1:00 pm

Join naturalist Wes Bowens for an introduction to identifying edible plants in western Washington forests and how to collect them legally. *No plants from Point Defiance Park will be consumed. Meet at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion T... More
Eastside Nature Hour

2:00 pm

Join Tacoma Nature Center staff at the Eastside Community Center for a monthly nature program and learn about plants and animals, create fun crafts, and go outside to observe nature. $1.00/person or join the Eastside Family Nature Club for $... More

Sunday, May 12

Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

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 to audiences of all ages and sensibilities. This mon... More

Monday, May 13

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, May 14

Point Defiance Marina Customer Information Night

6:00 pm

Join us at the Point Defiance Pagoda to hear updates from Point Defiance Marina staff on: Enhanced Marina Services Salmon Fishing Season Locker Tenant Agreement Point Defiance Park Construction Q & A with Planning and Operatio... More

Wednesday, May 15

Capital Improvement Committee -Canceled

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, May 17

Glow Golf
Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... 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 performing other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No ex... More
Run the Greens Series - Race #1

7:00 pm

This is Race #1 in a series of 4 monthly runs on the greens at Meadow Park Golf Course this summer! There will be a music and beer garden following each race.  Spike up and come relive your Cross Country days. When was the last time you... More

Saturday, May 18

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
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
Bear Tracks

9:30 am

Furry, furry fun.We just can't bear the excitement! Not one, not two but FOUR bears, all ready to play this spring weekend.   Come meet the black bears Benton and Fern, and our grizzly cubs Huckleberry and Hawthorne, and watch th... More
Hickory Golf Class & Round of Hickory Golf

10:00 am

Give classic golf a go! Meadow Park Golf Course now offers this opportunity to celebrate history and experience a small piece of golf's classic tradition by playing with century-old hickory clubs from Scotland. Open to all ages and skill... More
Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

Join us for a day of revelry in honor of Queen Victoria's 200th birthday! At noon, bagpipes will announce the start of the traditional tributes to the Queen, including a musket volley, toasts by the gentlemen of the Fort, and a cannon sa... More
Cinderella Ball

1:00 pm

Join us for the 5th annual Cinderella Ball sponsored by the Tacoma Yacht Club and hosted by the Metro Parks  Specialized Recreation program. This will be an afternoon full of dancing, singing, and celebrating. All ages are welcome. P... More

Sunday, May 19

Bear Tracks

9:30 am

Furry, furry fun.We just can't bear the excitement! Not one, not two but FOUR bears, all ready to play this spring weekend.   Come meet the black bears Benton and Fern, and our grizzly cubs Huckleberry and Hawthorne, and watch th... More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

11:00 am

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Free! Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes to protect from t... More

Monday, May 20

Committee of the Whole

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

Wednesday, May 22

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! May 22, 2019       &nb... More

Saturday, May 25

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
CANCELLED - Wapato Lake Park Restoration Work Party

9:00 am

We have cancelled our work party for May. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have casued.    Our steward at Wapato Lake Park will be hosting a work party the 4th Saturday of the month.  We will be removing invasive non-n... 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, May 26

Tacoma Giants Part 1: Intro to Point Defiance Trees - canceled

10:00 am

Canceled. Tacoma Giants Part 1: Introduction to the Trees of Point Defiance will no longer be offered at Point Defiance Park. Please join us for  Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk or a  Ranger-led Nature Walk instead! Po... 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 history of t... More

Tuesday, May 28

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, May 29

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! May 29, 2019       &nb... 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, May 31

Glow Golf
Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... More
Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking the maker movement back in time!  Join us this summer for three evenings of "make and take" 19th century crafts. This is a chance to try your hand at scrimshaw, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, and more! T... More