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Saturday, June 1

World Ocean Weekend
Dive in to experience the magic of ocean life as we celebrate World Ocean Weekend. Watch marine animals receive special enrichment treats and discover how you can help the ocean and its glorious creatures. pdza.org More
Crafts of the Past
Meet modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions as they share the methods and materials of their work. Free with admission. Held on June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3.       Fort Nisqually Living History ... 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
Learn & Work: Plant Identification

9:00 am

Help celebrate National Trails Day! Join botanist Romey Haberle on a plant identification walk. Then roll up your sleeves and help remove some non-native plants from the Point Defiance forest. Free. Meet at Rhododendron Garden Pavilion. E... More
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... More
Cardboard Boat Regatta

9:30 am

Assemble a team, build a boat, and see how seaworthy your vessel really is! Teams of at least one adult (age 18+) and one student (age 5-17) will build a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape and bring it to Kandle Pool to test its seaw... More
Judge Jack Tanner Park Dedication

10:00 am

Join us near Les Davis Pier as we celebrate the legacy of Judge Tanner and dedicate the renamed park. A brief program will include remarks from Park Board Commissioner Aaron Pointer, Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud, and Tacoma M... More

Sunday, June 2

World Ocean Weekend
Dive in to experience the magic of ocean life as we celebrate World Ocean Weekend. Watch marine animals receive special enrichment treats and discover how you can help the ocean and its glorious creatures. pdza.org More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

10:00 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, June 3

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! June 3, 2019       &nb... More

Friday, June 7

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, June 8

Free Fishing Weekend
Grab your fishing pole and enjoy the Washington State's Free Fishing Weekend. No license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington State on June 8 & 9. Visit the Point Defiance Marina... More
Dock Fishing Derby

8:00 am

Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win 3 winnable categories: Flounder, Sculpin, Coolest Catch.  A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your catch! Dock Fishing Co... More
National Marina Day

9:00 am

Get boating safety and fishing information and instruction. Fishing and boating tutorials will be offered throughout the day. Learn knot tying, safe boating, rig tying and more. Free. Reduced priced boat rentals also available. (75% off boat... 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
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... 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, June 9

Free Fishing Weekend
Grab your fishing pole and enjoy the Washington State's Free Fishing Weekend. No license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington State on June 8 & 9. Visit the Point Defiance Marina... More
Ocean Fest

10:00 am

Celebrate the ocean and learn how to protect it through arts, science and water fun in a free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront. Ocean Fest is a one-day free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront for World Ocean weekend. It brings the... More
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, June 10

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, June 12

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
Zoo/Trek Authority

5:30 pm

June 12, 2019   5:30pm Metro Parks Headquarters, 4702 S. 19th St. The Zoo/Trek Authority was established in 2001 to oversee disbursement of sales tax revenue to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.... More

Saturday, June 15

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
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. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participants to check-out binoculars for ... More
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... 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
Plough to Plate

11:00 am

Discover farm to table, 19th century style, at Plough to Plate!   Throughout the day guests can tour the heritage kitchen garden and poultry house, orchard, and grain patch and learn how these relate to the agricultural history of the F... More

Sunday, June 16

Half-Price Dads' Day

9:30 am

Dads are the stars on this special day! Meet animals up close, watch the show put on by the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, or sit and enjoy a drink at the café. All dads will receive half-off general admission. Learn more here. ... More

Monday, June 17

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
Sound Baths & Blooms with Sara Corbishley

6:00 pm

$20.00 suggested donation / This is the last session of this season. Everything is energy. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.... More

Wednesday, June 19

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: Redwoods by Jason Chin Science: Paleobotany Art: Gingko Leaf Design Suggested donation: $3 W.W. Seymour... More

Friday, June 21

Glow Golf Party
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 #2

7:00 pm

This is Race #2 in a series of 4 monthly runs on the greens at Meadow Park Golf Course this summer! You can run in one or more of these races. Spike up and come relive your Cross Country days. When was the last time you got to run on a golf ... More

Saturday, June 22

Slug Fest
Join the fun at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as we celebrate all that is slimy and silly about the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk: the banana slug! Learn more at nwtrek.org. 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
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... More

Sunday, June 23

Slug Fest
Join the fun at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as we celebrate all that is slimy and silly about the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk: the banana slug! Learn more at nwtrek.org. More

Monday, June 24

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, June 25

Swan Creek Park Public Meeting #4

6:00 pm

Come give your final input on the dog park, shelters, restrooms, trails & parking. Plan on attending to learn about the plans and tell us what you think. This is the fourth in a series of public meetings that have helped Metro Parks plan... More

Wednesday, June 26

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: How the Dinosaur got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland Science: Fossils Art: Fossil Rubbing Suggested donat... More
Junior Ranger Kickoff

12:00 pm

Drop-in for Junior Ranger programs, activities, and an opportunity to meet the Park Ranger! Meet at the Gig Harbor Picnic Shelter along Five Mile Drive. Point Defiance Park 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 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, June 28

Hoopfest
The Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth with more than 6,000 teams participating. The Metro Parks Adaptive Recreation athletes will represent Tacoma at the tournament and compete to bring home the wi... More
Glow Golf Party
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, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, a... More

Saturday, June 29

Hoopfest
The Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth with more than 6,000 teams participating. The Metro Parks Adaptive Recreation athletes will represent Tacoma at the tournament and compete to bring home the wi... More
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... More
Park Rx Day - Family Health Festival at Point Defiance

11:00 am

National Park Rx Day is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Come out to Point Defiance Park and get your prescription filled! Drop ... More

Sunday, June 30

Hoopfest
The Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth with more than 6,000 teams participating. The Metro Parks Adaptive Recreation athletes will represent Tacoma at the tournament and compete to bring home the wi... More
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