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Friday, March 2

Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Eagles at the Point (Meet at Owen Beach) Enjoy an educational birding experience adapted for seniors and those with limited mobility. The program highlights the many birds that live in or pass through Point Defiance Park throughout the year.... More

Saturday, March 3

Point Defiance Rose Pruning Demo

9:00 am

Are Your Roses Ready for Spring? Consulting rosarians from the Tacoma Rose Society and Metro Parks staff will demonstrate rose-pruning techniques and share information on how to care for roses and get them ready for the growing season from ... 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 Owen Beach. Be prepared to walk for up to 3/4 mile on the beach. Today's topic is Eagles at the Point. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participa... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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. Volunteers are removing invasive ... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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 secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and ... More
Garfield Gulch Work Party

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 flowering currant, Ho... More

Sunday, March 4

Forest Mindfulness

1:00 pm

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 nature. The Guide gives a series of place-based invitatio... More

Friday, March 9

STAR Center Indoor Movie Series

5:00 pm

Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie on the big screen. Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. STAR Center 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA  98409 404-3939 More
Family Movie Night at Portland Ave

7:30 pm

Join us at Portland Avenue Community Center for a free indoor movie on a large indoor screen. Free popcorn! You are welcome to bring bean bags, game chairs, pillows, etc. for comfortable lounging. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by... More

Saturday, March 10

Fitness and Wellness Conference at Norpoint

9:00 am

Reserve your spot for the inaugural FREE Fitness & Wellness Conference at the Center at Norpoint. This four hour community event features 20+ fitness classes, 6 wellness seminars, 5 healthy cooking classes, as well as complimentary Perso... More
Norpoint Health Conference Blood Drive

9:00 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 10, 2018   ... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward Nori K and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and... More
Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critters activities are free with admission all weekend and include arts and crafts and&... More
Forest Mindfulness-cancelled

1:00 pm

Today's program has been cancelled. Please join us on April 8. 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 intentiona... More
South Sound & Events Wedding Workshop

2:00 pm

Getting married in 2018 or 2019? Congratulations! Attend the workshop to learn cost-saving and time-saving wedding planning tips from South Sound wedding professionals. Engaged couples, their maid of honor, their parents and anyone ... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma - Excellent Echinoderms

7:30 pm

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 naturalists! See and touch creatures brought up from the deep... More

Sunday, March 11

Kids 'n' Critters

9:30 am

Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every full-paying adult or senior. Special Kids 'n' Critters activities are free with admission all weekend and include arts and crafts and&... More
Second Sunday Concert

1:00 pm

This month's concert features folk singers and songwriters Steve & Kristi Nebel. Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tas... More
Tacoma’s Winter Wonderland For Kids With Disabilities

3:00 pm

Scroll down to view event images Join us for a free Winter Wonderland for kids with disabilities and their families! Hosted By Metro Parks Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools This free, community extravaganza is designed for ages 5-12 and fe... More

Monday, March 12

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

Tuesday, March 13

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!     March 13, 2018  &... More

Wednesday, March 14

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
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on art project. This month featuring Monet's Garden: Katie and the Impressionists by James Mayhew Art: Paper Plate Pond Kid... More
Zoo/Trek Authority

5:30 pm

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.  In 2000, Pierce County voters approved a one-tenth-of-a-cent increase in th... More

Thursday, March 15

Waterfront Parks Open House

6:00 pm

Learn about planned improvements for Dickman Mill Park, Titlow Park, Ruston Way and other waterfront projects including two Foss Waterway parks. The open house will include presentations and numerous displays. Metro Parks staff will be avail... More

Friday, March 16

Tacoma Nature Center Volunteer Stewardship

9:00 am

Habitat Restoration Work All ages welcome, free Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experienc... More

Saturday, March 17

Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

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, whatever that means for you (... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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 invasive plants and keeping the par... More
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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 dirty. We will provide litter bag... More
St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo

10:00 am

Watch animals enjoy “lucky” green treats in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407 pdza.org 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! Join us to celebrate these slimy ... More
Heritage Skills Workshop - Beekeeping

12:00 pm

This workshop will cover the basics to successfully rear honeybees at home.   Topics will include hive types and materials and participants will construct and tend hives located in Pt. Defiance Park to gain practical knowledge. Local ex... More

Monday, March 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, March 23

Community Outreach Event at People's Center

6:00 pm

We are looking for your input about recreation programs at People’s Community Center! Join us at an outreach event March 23 from 6-8 pm where you can share which programs and services you value and enjoy a free dinner. Your participati... More

Saturday, March 24

Swan Creek Mud Run
Bring the family out for a muddy chip-timed 2-mile trail run! The course is designed for dirt-tromping, fire-leaping, mud-loving children and adults as well as fastidious folks who plan to puddle-jump and keep their feet dry. LEARN MORE A... More
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 24 at the Point Defiance Pagoda. Sponsored by the Tacoma Rose Society, the sale will feature roses grown by Metro Parks’ staff and Taco... 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
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 Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

March Work Party Cancelled Help restore your local park's natural area every fourth 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
South Sound Summer Camp Fair

10:00 am

Explore hundreds of ideas for summer at ParentMap's Summer Camp Fair. Find adventures, enrichment and fun of every possible variety for preschoolers to teens. Parents seeking summertime childcare and enrichment solutions can explore d... 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

Monday, March 26

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

Wednesday, March 28

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

Thursday, March 29

Healthy Cooking with Kaiser Permanente

4:00 pm

Get healthy! Come learn new techniques and add to your recipes at this FREE Kaiser Permanente sponsored cooking class in the  STAR Center teaching kitchen. Instructor Anessa McClendon. Class includes free Child Watch services for chi... More

Friday, March 30

Park Board Annual Retreat

8:30 am

Annual Park Board Retreat Point Defianze Zoo 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA More

Saturday, March 31

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  ... More