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Metro Parks strives to be an ethical and responsible steward of Tacoma's financial, physical, natural, environmental, historical and cultural park resources. Through sound management and best practices, Metro Parks will create a legacy for future generations.
Kid by Starfish during Explore The Shore at Owen Beach Conservation & Nature Education
wildlife-checklist-bioblitz-cover-cropped Northwest Wildlife Checklist
Discover all the amazing creatures around you.
Become a citizen scientist today by recording when and where you see these different species throughout your community.
 Cover of Economic Impact Study Phase II Ecosystem Services
The annual economic value of the multitude of community benefits our parks provide. 
Cover image of Water Quality Program Annual Report Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit
A "Secondary Permittee" is an operator of a regulated small MS4 that is not a city, town or county. Secondary Permittees include special purpose districts and other MS4s that meet the criteria for a regulated small MS4.
(MS4=Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System)
Young Girl With Shovel in Woods During CHIP-in! Event Volunteer Opportunities
Sifting through findings from forest floor at Bio Blitz 2011 event. Bio Blitz
BioBlitzes are targeted biological surveys - a 24-hour "blitz" in which all living things are counted - birds, mammals, fish, plants and insects to name a few.