Connecting Kids & Families With Nature

For more than 70 years, Metro Parks has been connecting kids and families with nature. Whether you come to the park or a picnic, or attend a butterfly program or just paddle downstream, we aim to instill a love of nature in kids and help families learn how to play outside like their parents and grandparents did.

There are hundreds of miles of trails to take the kids on hike or bike ride while watching nature up close. Try a game of disc golf, challenge the kids on the obstacle course or spend a night outside at the overnight backpack camping. Best yet, spend the day at one of the natural play areas where the only rule is “There are no rules” and you and your kids can make up your own games while freely exploring the surrounding woods and fields.

Not sure what you
want to explore?

Not a problem. Metro Parks offers many events, programs and activities that allow you to explore your options and build your outdoor skills. Annually, we offer more the 3,100 free programs.

News & Upcoming Programs for Families & Kids

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The Ayaz Family

Hibah Ayaz and her young daughter love Blacklick Woods and are frequent visitors. They particularly enjoy a walk on the trails, and also have fun at the playground and take …Read More

Tim Talks: Creeking at Prairie Oaks

Feel the cool water on your bare feet as you wade into Big Darby Creek and look for crawdads and other cool critters. Get out and explore! SEE MORE TIM …Read More

Run wild in Metro Parks

Watch your kids eyes light up with excitement as they climb on the recreation structures at Glacier Ridge, run wild in the natural play area at Blendon Woods or explore …Read More

Five Reasons Scioto Audubon is a 5-Star Park

ANNA PELINO, guest blogger Lying on the eastern banks of the Scioto River, Scioto Audubon Metro Park has something for everyone in its 120 acres. Here are my five reasons …Read More

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!