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Thursday, August 1

Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

11:00 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

Friday, August 2

Explore the Shore
Join Zoo naturalists and stroll along the beach at low tide, learning about the animals there. Explore the Shore is a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about the biological diversity of local beaches. No RSVP needed. Meet on the beach ne... More
WA Roofing Contractor's Union Salmon Derby

5:00 am

This event is sponsored by WA Roofing Contractor's Union. $30 / Participants must be a part of this union to register. Point Defiance Marina 5912 N. Waterfront Dr. PointDefianceMarina.com (253) 404-3960 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 other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No experience is... More
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 12, August 2 and August 23. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, games, ... More
Swan Creek Park Camp Fire Program

8:00 pm

Join us for an evening gathered around the campfire listening to stories, singing songs, and learning about the natural world at Swan Creek Park. Meet at the  Swan Creek Park "gathering place." Gathering Place Amenities: p... More

Saturday, August 3

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
Salmon Derby: South King County Puget Sound Anglers

5:00 am

The largest Salmon Derby in the Seattle Tacoma area will once again held by South King County PSA and hosted by the Point Defiance Marina. Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once al... 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
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
Family Nature Walk - Wapato Hills 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

Monday, August 5

Mobile Blood Drive - Eastside

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! August 5, 2019       &... More

Tuesday, August 6

National Night Out & Summer Bash

5:00 pm

Food, fun and entertainment for everyone. Come visit with your neighbors and celebrate together. People's Center 1602 South Martin Luther King Jr Way Tacoma, WA   Sponsored by Sound Credit Union More

Friday, August 9

Summer Bash at Norpoint
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Seating is on the lawn, so attende... More
Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Celebrate the birds of Point Defiance Park in this mobility-adjusted program. Enjoy a short lecture with seating provided followed by an optional short walk. This program is made possible by support from Franke Tobey Jones Senior University. M... More
Shakespeare in the Park

7:00 pm

Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to Wright Park for a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night.” The show starts at 7 p.m. and arrives in Tacoma courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s Wo... More

Saturday, August 10

Salmon Derby: Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers

5:00 am

Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Point Defiance Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once all fish are weighed in. Food available for purchase. Fishing derby begins at daylight. Pre-register prior to fishing at Po... 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
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 Rhododendron Garden Pavilion. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Woodpeckers & Cavity Nesters. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular... 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
Family Nature Walk - Titlow 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
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
Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to ... 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, August 11

Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to ... 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
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, August 12

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, August 14

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

Thursday, August 15

Mobile Blood Drive - People's Center

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! August 15, 2019       ... More

Friday, August 16

Summer Bash at Stewart Heights Park
Eastside Community Center is hosting this fun family event that will be held at STEWART HEIGHTS PARK.  Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – fe... 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 #4

7:00 pm

This is Race #4 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, August 17

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
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
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
Junior Ranger Activity Day

12:00 pm

Drop-in for Junior Ranger programs, activities, and an opportunity to meet the Park Ranger! Meet at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion Point Defiance Park 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 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, August 18

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

Monday, August 19

Committee of the Whole

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

Friday, August 23

Summer Bash at STAR Center
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Seating is on the lawn, so attende... More
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 12, August 2 and August 23. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, games, Ra... More

Saturday, August 24

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, August 25

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! &nbs... 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

Monday, August 26

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, August 28

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
Thirsty Summer Nights

7:00 pm

As summer is winding down, join us for an evening 5k at Titlow Park. After the race we'll be serving Root Beer and Orange Crush ice-cream floats. Race begins at 7 pm Check-in begins at 6 pm All participants receive a finisher medal. ... More

Friday, August 30

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

Saturday, August 31

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
End of Summer Blast

9:30 am

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids' Zone or cafe. ... More
Feeding Frenzy

9:30 am

What's your favorite food? For our golden eagles, it's meatballs. For our wolves, it's steak. And for our barn owl, it's mice. Join us on Feeding Frenzy weekend and watch our animals devour their favorite foods. Find out more... More

Sunday, September 1

End of Summer Blast

9:30 am

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids' Zone or cafe. ... More
Feeding Frenzy

9:30 am

What's your favorite food? For our golden eagles, it's meatballs. For our wolves, it's steak. And for our barn owl, it's mice. Join us on Feeding Frenzy weekend and watch our animals devour their favorite foods. Find out more... More

Monday, September 2

End of Summer Blast

9:30 am

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids' Zone or cafe. ... More
Feeding Frenzy

9:30 am

What's your favorite food? For our golden eagles, it's meatballs. For our wolves, it's steak. And for our barn owl, it's mice. Join us on Feeding Frenzy weekend and watch our animals devour their favorite foods. Find out more... More