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Monday, April 2

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More

Tuesday, April 3

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in with your little sprouts for some plant-themed fun during Spring Break. W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 S. G St., in Wright Park (253) 404-3975 . $3 suggested donation More

Wednesday, April 4

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in with your little sprouts for some plant-themed fun during Spring Break. W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 S. G St., in Wright Park (253) 404-3975 . $3 suggested donation More

Thursday, April 5

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in with your little sprouts for some plant-themed fun during Spring Break. W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 S. G St., in Wright Park (253) 404-3975 . $3 suggested donation More
Rainiers' Opening Day Blood Drive

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!     April 5, 2018  &n... More
Opening Day 5k

6:00 pm

Start the baseball season off with a celebratory 5k run/walk that is sure to be a hit for the whole family. This run will take you down part of the Scott Pierson Trail and finish at Cheney Stadium, the home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Once you f... More

Friday, April 6

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Sprout Smart

10:00 am

Drop in with your little sprouts for some plant-themed fun during Spring Break. W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 S. G St., in Wright Park (253) 404-3975 . $3 suggested donation More
STAR Center Indoor Movie Series

7:00 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

Saturday, April 7

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   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 Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Ravens. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participants t... 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
Spring Fling at Northwest Trek

9:30 am

Get wild with spring fun. Forage for edible wild plants, participate in spring crafts and activities, and see our animals get natural spring bouquets. Free with admission.   Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville More
Spring Fling at the Center at Norpoint

10:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at  this free community festival. Center at Norpoint 4818 Nassau Ave NE Presented by: More
Family Nature Walk-Swan Creek 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, April 8

Spring Break Superstars at the Zoo

10:00 am

Superstar animals of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Animals will receive special enrichments, and there will be fun for visitors, too.  FREE with paid admission or membership. pdza.org   More
Spring Fling at Northwest Trek

9:30 am

Get wild with spring fun. Forage for edible wild plants, participate in spring crafts and activities, and see our animals get natural spring bouquets. Free with admission.   Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville 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
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
Second Sunday Concert

1:00 pm

This month's concert features jazz vocalist Cara Francis. 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 intend... More

Monday, April 9

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
Fuchsia Garden Spring Pruning

10:00 am

Annual pruning and clean-up of garden in preparation for the growing season. Tahoma Fuchsia Society members will be on hand to answer questions about growing and caring for hardy fuchsias. Learn more about the Fuchsia Garden. More

Wednesday, April 11

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
Point Defiance Blood Drive

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!     April 11, 2018  &... 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 Flower Gardens: Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Ap... More

Friday, April 13

Artist Reception - Arts Connect Exhibit

5:00 pm

Meet the artists of Arts Connect and hear the story behind this special exhibit. Arts Connect is a Hilltop Artists' community-based program for girls who are involved with the Pierce County Juvenile Court and the foster care sytem. In... More

Saturday, April 14

Spring Flora Hike

9:00 am

Get an introduction to the spring plants in the forest on this walking tour with botanist Romey Haberle. Program will require approximately 4 miles of walking over uneven terrain. Meet at the Rhodendron Garden. $5 per person.  Sign up o... More
Spring Fling at Portland Ave Community Center

10:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at  this free community festival. Portland Ave. Community Center 3513 Portland Ave. MetroParksTacoma.org/Portland; 591-5391 Presented by: More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato 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
Sewing to Sowing

11:00 am

Experience the joys and labors of springtime in the 1850s. Sow seeds to take home, learn hand-sewing techniques from the Fort’s seamstresses, and see demonstrations of one of the world’s earliest sewing machines, the Wheeler and ... More
Orchid Talk

1:00 pm

Orchids are fascinating and addictive . . . just ask a member of the Tacoma Orchid Society! Bring your orchid related questions and walk away with some great tips and tricks. $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 3... More
Earth Day Pier Peer

7:00 pm

Bring your family to Foss Waterway Seaport to join us for an aquatic night-time adventure. We'll explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! Enjoy a Pier Peer, fun activities to learn about pro... More

Monday, April 16

Committee of the Whole
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, April 20

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
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, April 21

Parks Appreciation Day

9:00 am

Do something good for the earth!  Participants are needed to spruce up local parks by trimming limbs, grooming grounds, combing beaches and planting more flowers and trees. This annual event draws thousands of volunteers in cities through... More
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
Tahoma Fuchsia Society Annual Plant Sale

9:00 am

Tahoma Fuchsia Society will be selling fuchsia starts and larger plants to support the Point Defiance Fuchsia Garden. Sale Location: North 12th and Stevens in the Disabled American Veterans Hall Tacoma, WA Learn more about the Fuchsia ... 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
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
Earth Day Extravaganza

12:00 pm

It’s time to celebrate the earth at the Tacoma Nature Center! Explore your creative side as you learn about the Earth and things that we can do to keep it healthy. Free. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tacoma Nature Center 1919 S. T... More

Monday, April 23

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, April 25

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

Saturday, April 28

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

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 invasive plants and keeping the pa... More
Family Nature Walk-Oak Tree 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
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
Spring Fling at STAR Center

11:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring at  this free community festival. STAR Center 3873 S. 66th St. Presented by: More
Family Nature Walk-Tacoma Nature Ctr

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

Monday, April 30

Committee of the Whole
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