Beautiful, natural areas for you to enjoy.

Since 1948, protecting high quality natural areas has been an integral part of Metro Parks’ mission. We protect more than 27,700 acres forests, prairies, grasslands, rivers, streams and wetlands.

We manage our natural resources in a manner that provides the optimal composition of native communities, and benefits the largest diversity of native species possible. More than 2,400 plant and animal species have been documented, including several state and federal endangered ones.

Discover the Natural Wonders of Your Park

As a result of Metro Parks conservation efforts, park visitors can see a diverse array of plants and animals ranging from a ruby–throated humming bird weighing in at 3 grams to a 1,000-pound burly bison. We hope that these natural delights that you chance upon when out in a park will fill you with a sense of connection, vibrancy and awe.

News & Upcoming Programs for Nature Lovers

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Springtime brings new life to Slate Run Farm

DAVE TROTTER, Interpretive Aide Spring brings many changes to the farm. As the weather warms, the activity around the farm increases dramatically. The wheat planted last October is greening up …Read More

Spring birding is here at your Metro Parks

10TV’s Karina Nova talks with Stephanie West about the sights and sounds of spring – listen for chirping birds and look for blooming wild flowers in your Metro Parks. Send …Read More

The bats are swinging back to Clear Creek

CARRIE MORROW, Assistant Resource Manager It’s a chilly winter day. There aren’t any insects flying around and the creeks and ponds are covered in ice. In the recesses of rock …Read More

Birds, Birds, Everywhere in your Metro Parks

STEPHANIE WEST, Naturalist Blendon Woods Migration has started already! Even though March temperatures have been consistently well below freezing  you can really begin to feel the coming of spring. I …Read More

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!