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Friday, May 4

Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Spring Arrivals (Meet at Duck Pond) 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. F... More

Saturday, May 5

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
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 parti... 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
Swim Saturday

12:30 pm

Join us at  Eastside Pool to brush up on water safety and enjoy an open swim, plus giveaways and prizes! Free. 12:15-12:30 Registration 12:30-1 pm Water Safety 1-2:30 pm Recreation Swim Each participant will receive a Make a Splash... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato Hills Park

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

Sunday, May 6

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

Wednesday, May 9

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 Tiny Gardens: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting Art: Egg Carton Plant Starter Kids will have fu... More

Friday, May 11

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, May 12

Ling Cod Fishing Derby

5:00 am

Join us for our 10th annual Ling Cod Derby in Area 11/13 . Lucky anglers will catch a tasty fish and a chance to win cash and prizes. What a great way to kick off the bottom fishing season and have a chance to collect a good pay day. All Fis... 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
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
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. Learn more at pdza.org. Presented by: More
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 ... More
Titlow Park Open House

10:00 am

You're invited to tour the Titlow Park waterfront and visit its natural areas during a special Metro Parks event that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12. The event is technically a public meeting, but it’s more “open beach&rd... 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
Family Nature Walk-Titlow Park

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

Sunday, May 13

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 ... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features PC&J - Pat Cole (Guitar) & Jamie Jenson (Vocalist). Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musica... 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

Monday, May 14

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, May 15

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!     May 15, 2018  &nb... More

Wednesday, May 16

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, May 17

Hope for Orcas

5:30 pm

Join Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Center for Whale Research, Orca Network, Dam Sense, Endangered Species Coalition, and Friends of the Earth, for an evening with one of the world’s leading experts on the ... More

Friday, May 18

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, May 19

Dock Fishing Derby

7:00 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
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
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 $15 (tenants get $5 off). Covered space is limited. Regi... More
Queen Victoria's Birthday

11:00 am

Relive the festive 19th century celebrations surrounding a royal holiday. A merry mood permeates the Fort on this occasion. At noon, bagpipes announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volle... More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

1:00 pm

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
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 Point ... More

Sunday, May 20

Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Location: E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Meet at the south end of the permeable parking lot in Swan Creek Park. Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. walking trails strategic edible planti... More

Monday, May 21

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 click here. Point Defiance Park has an active Park Watch program in ... More

Saturday, May 26

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

Work Party Cancelled May 26th 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 i... More
Family Nature Walk-McKinley Park

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

Sunday, May 27

Point Defiance Lodge Plaque Dedication

10:30 am

Please join us for an event celebrating the Point Defiance Lodge and its listing on the National Register for Historic Places. The event will dedicate the National Register plaque and explore the history and architecture of the building, inc... More

Monday, May 28

Park Board Meeting - Canceled
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 29

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. **Due to Memorial Day this meeting has been shifted to Tuesday the 29th. Th... More

Wednesday, May 30

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