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Saturday, 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
Trails Day

9:00 am

Point Defiance Trails Getting a Helping Hand on National Trails Day Point Defiance Park serves more than 3.1 million visitors annually. One of the Park’s many popular features are the scenic hiking trails set in the vast ancient fores... 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 Listening for Birds. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for p... 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
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 8-14) will build a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape and bring it to Kandle Pool to test its seaw... More
Birds, Art and Trails Celebration

10:30 am

Kick off June by attending a free family friendly celebration of birds, art and trails among native Garry Oak trees! This Green Event will have food, games, activities and community informational booths all day with themed walks through the ... More

Sunday, June 3

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

Friday, June 8

Golf Glow Party

10:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for these fun Friday nights out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. June 8, 15, 22 & 29 Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online $40 includes: ... More

Saturday, 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 9 & 10. Visit the Point Defiance Marin... More
National Marina Day

7:00 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
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
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
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, June 10

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 9 & 10. Visit the Point Defiance Marin... 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 Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Castletown - Irish Folk. 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 ... More

Monday, June 11

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, June 13

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, June 14

Exploring Your Nature in Nature

5:15 pm

6 Session Series: June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23 This series is geared for those 60 and older. Throughout a 6 session series, meeting the second and fourth Thursday of each month from June-August, community members wi... More

Friday, June 15

Explore the Shore

12:00 pm

Explore local wildlife at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for ages 5-adult to learn about the biological... More
Summer Kickoff Cross-Country 5k

7:00 pm

Summer solstice is almost here and we are making the most of it. Metro Parks is breaking out a new Friday Night X-Country 5k. The race will be a chip-timed, cross-country style course on the fairways and trails at Meadow Park Golf Course. Le... More
Golf Glow Party

10:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for these fun Friday nights out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. June 8, 15, 22 & 29 Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online $40 includes: ... More

Saturday, June 16

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
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
Fish Tacoma!

9:00 am

A free kids fishing event at Wapato Lake! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with the Get Hooked Foundation and Metro Parks Tacoma to host a family-friendly event to teach youth the basics of fis... More
Bloodworks Mobile Blood Drive-Wapato Park

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!   June 16, 2018    &nb... 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
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
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

12:00 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

Sunday, June 17

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 at pdza.or... More

Monday, June 18

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
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, June 22

Golf Glow Party

10:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for these fun Friday nights out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. June 8, 15, 22 & 29 Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online $40 includes: ... More

Saturday, 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
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

Sunday, June 24

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
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Fathers, sons and daughters of the food forest are encouraged to spend time together! 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 asp... More

Monday, June 25

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, June 27

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
Explore the Shore

10:15 am

Explore local wildlife at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for ages 5-adult to learn about the biological... More
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: Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri Science: Life in a Pond Art: Ducks in a Pond Suggested donation: ... More

Thursday, June 28

Explore the Shore

11:00 am

Explore local wildlife at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for ages 5-adult to learn about the biological... More
Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More

Friday, June 29

Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking DIY 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, and more! There ... More
Golf Glow Party

10:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for these fun Friday nights out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. June 8, 15, 22 & 29 Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online $40 includes: ... More