Zones

If in doubt about where to go, just wander!

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is divided into Activity Zones. Each area of the event has its own character and its own special attractions — make sure to check them all out.


Bark Zone

Dock Dog jumping

Our furry friends will have plenty to do at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. See if your pooch is a big air jumper in the Subaru Buckeye DockDogs competition. Catch dogs doing flips and tricks with Team Zoom and the Up Dog Challenge, presented by Best Breed. Or let your furry friend have some play time at the Subaru Pooch Island off-leash dog park and swim area.  New this year is Pooch Parking by Wagtown.  Let Wagtown volunteers watch your dog while you enjoy up to 30 minutes of the event dog free so you can do an activity yourself.
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This year our event is as dog friendly as ever. Visitors can get active with their dogs as long as they play by a few simple rules:

  • Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed and under control at all times.
  • Always remember to pick up after your dog!
  • Five Rivers MetroParks reserves the right to ask owners to remove dogs who pose a risk to event visitors or other dogs.

 


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Pooch Parking by Wagtown

Wagtown Pooch Parking, new this year!
Saturday – 11AM – 6PM
Sunday – 11AM -4PM

Try a new outdoor skill or grab some grub, while Wagtown volunteers watch your pup!

Love bringing your pup to the festival, but find there are times when you need both hands free?  Just valet your pup at Wagtown Pooch Parking! Located near the fire hydrant by the restrooms, you will find friendly, shaded, supervised doggie parking provided by Wagtown staff and volunteers.

Pooch Parking Guidelines

  • pooch must be well-behaved in owner’s absence (both dog and   people friendly)
  • pooch must be in good health and have up-to-date vaccinations
  • pooch must be licensed
  • owner must sign release of liability and complete dog valet ticket
  • 30 minute limit
  • ALL dog breeds welcome

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Subaru Pooch Island Off-Leash Dog Park

Dogs and their humans on Pooch Island

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Dog lovers who are looking for a more playful experience should check out Subaru Off-Leash Pooch Island. This special park is conveniently located next to the festival and offers a place for your pooch to play off-leash. There’s even a doggie swim area in the lagoon near the islands. Pooch Island Dog Park closes at dark during the festival.  Area supported by SICSA.

Subaru Off-Leash Pooch Island Dog Park Rules

  • Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience personnel reserve the right to remove any dog that jeopardizes the safety of other dogs or visitors.
  • Dogs must be ON leash when entering and exiting the off-leash park.
  • Dogs are permitted to swim in the designated area ONLY.
  • Dogs must have required local immunizations.
  • Owners are responsible to clean up their dogs’ droppings while at Eastwood MetroPark.
  • Owners must be with dogs at all times while in Pooch Island Dog Park.
  • No food is allowed.

Owners are encouraged to have their dogs spayed or neutered.

Bike Village

 

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The Bike Village at Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will offer guests an opportunity to try all styles of bikes while learning from the country’s leading bike manufacturers, retail shops, race promoters and advocacy organizations. In addition, bike stunt shows take place throughout the weekend.

See scheduled times for the Inspired BMX Stunt Team and Jeff Lenosky Mountain Bike Trials Show.

BMX Stunt Bikes

Guests can try demo bikes or bring their own and test their skills on a variety of different types of terrain (helmets and signed waivers required). Toddler balance bikes, children’s bikes and various mountain bikes provide options for all interests, ages and ability levels.

The Bike Village is conveniently located near the Mad River Trail, gateway to the “Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network,” where you can experience more than 340 miles of off-street, connected trails.

Thanks to these fine partners, there are many ways to experience biking at Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience.

Mountain Biking

  • Borrow a bike and test your mountain biking skills on log overs, ramps, bends, elevated treads, skinnies and rock gardens.  Area supported by Bike Miami Valley.

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  • From group rides and demo bikes to balance bikes and Dayton Cycling Club Valet Bike Parking, red carpet treatment is waiting for event guests interested in cycling.

See these related activities at OutdoorX: Cycling | Mountain Biking

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Campground

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Imagine FREE camping on the banks of the Eastwood Lagoon under the shade of stately sycamore trees.

Camping at the event is a great way to take in all the action and still have a relaxing “home base.” We have spaces for tent camping, pop up campers and group camping.

Camping registration begins at noon on Friday and lasts throughout the event. Public camping ends Sunday at 4 PM.


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Campground Details

REGISTRATION IS ON-SITE ONLY

Register at the information tent located inside the main entrance gateway, Friday noon – 7 PM, Saturday 7 AM – 10 PM or Sunday 11 am – 4 PM. Those checking in Friday night after hours can set up and register Saturday morning.

Limited parking is set aside for campers near the campground. Let the parking staff know that you are a camper as you make your way down the park road so you can more easily access the camping area.

TO REGISTER

Visit the information tent located inside the main entrance gateway to the festival beginning Friday at noon. Those checking in Friday night after 7 PM can set up and register Saturday morning. Friday and Saturday permits are available.

Options for camping at Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience:

(1) Friday Night Only (2) Friday and Saturday Nights (3) Saturday Night Only (checkout is 4 PM on Sunday)

 

 

Tent Camping
  • All Campers
    • Quiet hours will apply in the tent camping area.
    • If you wish to socialize, please move conversations to the night owl campfire that will be located outside of the main camping area.
  • Night Owls: For those who like to socialize.
    • A communal fire pit will be available.
    • Loud voices and other noises carry, so please use hushed tones as you celebrate a great weekend.
    • Please be respectful of your camping neighbors.
Pop Up Campers (and small campers)

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A limited amount of camper space will be available at the lake entrance of Eastwood MetroPark (1401 Harshman Rd.). Campers must be pop-up in style or less than 15 feet long. No RVs. Camper space is primitive. Restrooms are available, but grey water dumping and electricity are not. Camper trailers can be unhooked and parked at the designated spaces at the lake side of Eastwood MetroPark. The pull vehicle can then be driven to the event (1385 Harshman Rd.).

Biking to the event is another option thanks to a separated path on the new Harshman Rd. bridge that connects both sides of the park.

  • First parking lot only.

Pop Up Camper parking is limited to the first 20 pop up campers. Register online, then check in at Information Central when you get to the event.

Group Camping

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  • Additional designated camping spots will be made available for boy scout, girl scout, college and other groups of campers.
  • Scout groups are encouraged to register at miamivalleybsa.org to reserve your spot. For more information please contact Miami Valley Council Scout liaison Justin Lawrie at jtlawrie@gmail.com.
  • For more information on the event and your scout troop please email events@metroparks.org.
Campground Rules

In addition to standard Five Rivers MetroParks rules and regulations, the following rules must be followed:

  • All campers can set up beginning Friday at noon and must check out Sunday by 4PM.
  • Campers must provide all of their own equipment.
  • Slacklines are welcome in the campground.
  • Hammocks are permitted if suitable trees can be found.
  • A few community fires will be managed by campground staff. Please do not dig additional pits or scarify the land.
  • Food can be cooked on camp stoves or traditional backpacker stoves.
  • Five Rivers MetroParks supports and encourages Leave No Trace Principles.
  • Alcohol must stay within the designated event area and is not permitted in the campgrounds.
  • Restrooms and drinking water access are available, although it is located near main restrooms.
  • Electricity is not available in the campground.
  • Fireworks are not permitted.
  • Five Rivers MetroParks is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property.
  • Campers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All pets must be kept on a leash, and please dispose of pet waste properly.
  • Remember to be considerate of other visitors. Quiet hours are 10 PM – 8 AM both nights.
  • No glass containers are allowed.

Security will be on site 24-7 for any concerns. You can reach a MetroParks Ranger by calling Montgomery County Dispatch at 937-535-2580.

Miami Valley Fly Fishers Fishing Village

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Have you ever wanted to cast a fly rod? Then come to the Miami Valley Fly Fishers Fishing Village to learn how. With a 40-foot casting pond and live fish, this new feature to the event will be hard to miss.

Try It!
Thanks to the Miami Valley Fly Fishers, visitors can learn the mechanics of a cast. Veteran anglers and beginners are welcome to test their skills and refine their technique in our casting pond.

Compete It!

If fishing from a boat is your thing, enter the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Challenge.


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Mad River Mountain Action Sports Zone

Bike stunt team

The Mad River Mountain Action Sports Zone will be the place for Mad River_Booth_Photoexcitement at Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. Watch as BMX riders, kayakers, trial mountain bike riders, Slackliners, and DockDogs electrify the crowd with spins, flips, jumps and other jaw dropping, awe-inspiring maneuvers.

Mad River Mountain logoYou’ll have a chance to get in on the action with the Mad River Mountain tubing hill. In addition, check out images of the new Mad River Mountain Ski Lodge and get information on where to shred the slopes all winter long.


See these related activities at OutdoorX: Snow Tubing | Demos

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Mad River Run

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The Mad River Run presented by Whitewater Warehouse is the place to whitewaterwarehouselogobe for exciting moving water competitions, demonstrations and classes all weekend long. Hang out on the banks and watch the shows or get in on the action yourself. See below for the full lineup of activities and click through for more information.

2017 Mad River Run Schedule

Pro Shows, Competitions & Workshops

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • 11:00 – Noon – SUP Pro Surf Show
  • Noon – 12:30 – SUP Cross Practice
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – SUP Cross Race
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Pro Surf Show- SUP & Kayak
  • 2:00 – 2:30 – River Bank Frisbee Toss
  • 2:30 – 3:30 – Pumpkins and Skulls Race
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Try River Kaying in Duckies
  • 4:30 – 5:30 – Kayak Surf Competition
  • 5:30 – 6:00 – Kayak Cross Practice
  • 6:00 – 6:30 – Kayak Cross Race
  • 6:30 – 7:00 – Kayak – King of the Wave Competition
  • 7:00 – 7:30 – SUP – King of the Wave Competition

Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • 11:00 – Noon – Pro Surf Show – SUP & Kayak
  • Noon – 12:30 – SUP Cross practice
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – SUP Cross Race
  • 1:00 – 2:30 – Try River Kayaking in Duckies
  • 1:30 – 2:30 – Whitewater Clinic
  • 2:30 – 4:00 – Pro Surf Show – SUP & Kayak

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Welcome to the Mad River Run presented by Whitewater Warehouse. This is the place to see whitewater pro boaters throw down sick tricks, get an idea of how various rivercraft would work for you, see SUP professionals surf the wave and more. Are you a recreational boater? Understand the safety precautions of playing in the wave and how to make the river and in particular this feature, a fun place to play for you.

 

Floats on the Mad River by Twin Creek Canoe and Kayak

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12:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Paddle the Mad River for FREE! Thanks to the Twin Creek Canoe and Kayak for providing kayaks, paddles and PFDs. Sign up to take a quick, one mile, group float with safety boaters. Spaces are limited. Pre-registration is suggested at the Twin Creek Canoe and Kayak Booth next to the Mad River run. Check-in at the Twin Creek Livery booth located next to the Mad River Run at least 10 minutes prior to departure time, or your spot may be given away to someone present. Must be 14 years of age or older.

Pumpkins and Skulls

Saturday, October 7, 2017
2:30 PM

Sign up for this fall themed River Race. Sweep up a pumpkin or a skull into your boat while running the Mad River. Be the first back to shore to win! Participants will be eligible for a prize, based on the order they finis the race. Bring your own equipment or borrow a recreational boat from Whitewater Warehouse.

SUP & Kayak Pro Surf Shows

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • 11:00 – Noon – SUP
  • 1:00 – 2:00PM – SUP & Kayak
  • 6:30 PM – King of the Wave – SUP
  • 7:00 PM – King of the Wave – Kayak

Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • 11:00 – Noon – SUP & Kayak
  • 2:30 – 4:00PM – SUP & Kayak

Watch as the professional whitewater boaters throwdown cartwheels, mcleans, pirouettes and more. Pros will be surfing the wave in kayaks and SUP. Bring your own boat to play in the feature between shows!

Try River Kayaking in Duckies

Saturday, October 7, 2017
3:30 – 4:30PM

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:30 – 2:30PM

Thanks to Whitewater Warehouse for offering this exciting opportunity for beginners to try out the whitewater feature in an inflatable Duckie with pro paddler, Bernie Farley as your instructor! Duckies are a great beginner vessel for navigating the rapids of the Mad River!

Women’s Whitewater Clinic

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:30 – 2:30PM

For women, by women. Build confidence on the river with Erica Mitchell as your guide. You must provide your own equipment. Pre-register at the Whitewater Warehouse booth near the Mad River Run.

Osprey Backcountry Zone, Brought To You By Great Miami Outfitters

 

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The Osprey Backcountry Zone, brought to you by Great Miami Osprey_Logo_Bird-Word_2c_rgbOutfitters, has everything you need to get you out on the trail, along with a mock campsite, hammock lounge, campfire, Backpacker Magazine Outdoor School, Backpacker Festival Experience, and more!

Professional Pack Fitting: We want you to find your pack AND your fit. Share good times, talk gear and get fitted by the friendly Osprey Packs event crew — in addition to being fun, they are the Pack Fit Gurus of Ohio!

Osprey’s award-winning Anti-Gravity™ Suspension system provides seamless comfort that contours the body, allowing a trail experience like no other. Combined with custom capability and a full feature set, the Atmos AG™  sets a new standard in ventilated backpacking. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Interested in what this innovative suspension system feels like? Getting ready for an epic backpacking trip? Stop by to try AG for yourself at our Anti-Gravity Fit Station.

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Great Miami Outfitters Outpost

Have a chance to meet, greet and buy from the manufacturing brand experts themselves. Here you’ll findGreatMiamiOutfitter-Logo many of the brands you love at the Miamisburg shop showcasing their product. Build a custom headlamp with Princeton Tec. Get fitted for an Osprey Backpack and visit with Osprey PacksPrinceton TecCascade DesignsGood to Go Meals, ENO, and more.

Campfire and Hammock Lounge, brought to you by Great Miami Outfitters

Chill out around the campfire and test out an alternative way to backpack, with the hammock lounge provided by Great Miami Outfitters. Swing away on custom built pods, and imagine this comfortable sleeping equipment on your next backcountry canoeing or camping experience or in the comfort of your own yard.

Great Miami Outfitters staff will be available to answer questions about styles of hammocks and about camping and backpacking with a hammock —they’ll even wake you up if you snooze too long.


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Backpacker Magazine Outdoor School, part of The Backpacker Festival Experience

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Backpacker Magazine and Great Miami Outfitters are ramping up a great Backpacker Magazine Outdoor School lineup you won’t want to miss.  It’s all part of the Backpacker Festival Experience.

Are you ready to try something new or hone your outdoor skills in an activity you already enjoy? Professional instructors will offer hands-on clinics in map and compass basics, camp cooking and more!

2017 Schedule Below

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • 12:00 PM Get Out More Tour Backpacking Skills Workshop
  • 1:00 PM Water Treatment Clinic with MSR
  • 2:00 PM How to Fit and Pack a Pack with Osprey
  • 3:00 PM Sleeping Pad Clinic with Therm-A-Rest
  • 4:00 PM Fly Tying with Miami Valley Fly Fishers
  • 5:00 PM Intro to Bike Touring with K&G Bike Center
  • 6:00 PM Stove Clinic with MSR
  • 7:00 PM Creating Your Own Outdoor Ethic with Leave No Trace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • 12:00 PM Creating Your Own Outdoor Ethic with Leave No Trace
  • 1:00 PM Map & Compass with the Miami Valley Orienteering Club
  • 2:00 PM How to Fit and Pack a Pack with Osprey
  • 3:00 PM Backpacker Magazine Gear Giveaway

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A proper fitting pack is crucial for the ultimate enjoyment of any extended outdoor adventure. Join the pack experts from Osprey Packs as they explain proper sizing and adjustment of your pack as well as how to pack it for a comfortable carry and efficient access to frequently used items.

Field Gear Repair 101 with Osprey Packs
When in the field, occasionally even the best gear on the planet can experience a blowout. Whether a marmot chews through your pack to get the GORP you left in it or your pack frame cracks after sitting on it – with the basic repair skills taught in this session, you will be prepared to perform a functional repair to keep you on the trail.

Sleeping Pad Clinic with Therm-A-Rest
Come by the Therm-A-Rest Lounge area and relax as we chat about all things sleeping pads and sleep systems. From car camping, to winter expeditions, too fast and light backpacking we will discuss the ins and outs of this critical piece of gear.

Water Treatment Clinic with MSR
Come get hydrated with MSR because no one likes Cryptosporidium! We will be chatting about the differences in filter options, how to maintain your filter, and then get your hands wet with this hands on clinic. Bring your own water bottle and try filtering water for yourself.

Stove Clinic with MSR
No one likes eating cold food when you’re out adventuring so come by the MSR booth and learn all about cooking systems and stoves! From liquid fuel to canister systems we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both, how to get the most out of your stove, as well as sharing some of our favorite backcountry meals and much more.


See these related activities at OutdoorX: Camping | Backpacking | Outdoor Skills & Safety

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Paddling Zone

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Try It!
This is your opportunity to test various forms of watercraft. Kayaks and canoes abound on the banks of the Eastwood MetroPark Lagoon!

Watch it!
See pro kayakers do flips and tricks in the Mad River Run.

Compete it!
Enter the Dayton Kayak Fishing Challenge for a chance to win cash and prizes.


See these related activities at OutdoorX: PaddlingFishing

Pumptrack

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Test your skills on the Pumptrack. This rolling feature will be a blast!

Riders will practice how to balance and handle their bikes, skateboards and scooters on this flowing course.

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Dynamic Discs Disc Golf Course

Disc Golf Course

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Thanks to Dynamic Discs, a temporary public course will be available for play at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your own disc or borrow a disc at the Dynamic Discs Booth.

Please visit our information tents to sign a Risk and Release waiver, or download and complete a waiver to bring to the festival. Those under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian sign the form.


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Wagner Subaru Village

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Peruse the latest and greatest Subaru vehicles on the market. Need Wagner Subaru logotowing capacity and cargo space to get to your next outdoor adventure; look no further than the Subaru Outback. Is outdoor family comfort your thing? Then try out the popular Forester. Get the facts and figures on your next outdoor vehicle from the friendly reliable folks of the 9th oldest Subaru dealer in the country. At the Wagner Subaru Village you can also:

  • Expand your outdoor adventure possibilities; talk to a Thule representative and outfit your car with rack that is right for you.  Accessories will be available for sale.
  • Update your dog tags with their onsite personal engraving machine
  • Check out the Subaru Loves Pets display and see how Subaru and Wagner Subaru are making a difference for our favorite four-legged friends
  • Pick-up fun outdoor swag
  • Redeem your coupon for the Mad River Mountain Tubing Pass, if you were one of the first 50 Subaru drivers to enter the event that day.

Coffee will be conveniently vended in the Wagner Subaru Village.

Youth Adventure Zone

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Kids are encouraged to stop by the Youth Adventure Zone to learn more about outdoor adventure and healthy active lifestyles through games and activities. Thanks to several community organizations, a variety of fun programs and demonstrations are available in the Youth Outdoor Schoolslackline_try_photo for all to enjoy! Staff from these organizations will be on hand to monitor activities and to focus on safety, fair play and positive reinforcements.

All youth adventure zone participants must turn in a signed release of liability waiver prior to participating. Those under 18 must have parent/guardians must sign the form. Please visit our information tents to sign a Risk and Release waiver, or download and fill one out for your child to bring to the festival.


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Youth Outdoor School
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

11:30am- XPLODE! Fitness with Xcel Sports Medicine

Join Xcel Sports Medicine for a fun fitness course to improve speed, agility, strength and conditioning!

12:30pm- Meet Your Nocturnal Neighbors with Five Rivers MetroParks

See this amazing Screech owl up close, and explore their diet by dissecting it’s pellets!

1:30- Scout Knots For All Ages

Know your scout knots! Learn everyday knots for all your outdoor adventures from the playground to the mountain!

2:30- Click, Clack, Moo!  With Learning Tree Farm

Can cows type?  What do animals have to say about the basic care that they receive?  We’ll explore this favorite book from Author Doreen Cronin and the needs of animals around the farm.  Participants will create messages for the animals and the farmers in a variety of ways-our animals LOVE to hear the notes they receive!  You will also receive a special invitation to come and visit ALL of our animals back at the farm.

3:30- Bigfoot’s Friends with Leave No Trace

Ever wanted to know how to Leave No Trace when you’re in the outdoors, just like Bigfoot? Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Amanda and Junaid are here to help! Play games and learn about the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace so you can take good care of outdoor spaces.

4:30- Family Hike with Hike it Baby

Get your youngsters out on the trail for a guided hike with other families!

6:30- Tales in a Tent with Dayton Metro Library

Come listen to stories and songs about The Great Outdoors in the comfort of a tent!

 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

11:30- Family Hike with Hike it Baby

Get your youngsters out on the trail for a guided hike with other families!

12:30- Scout Knots For All Ages

Know your scout knots! Learn everyday knots for all you outdoor adventures from the playground to the mountain!

1:30- Animals Need a Home and Our Help with Five Rivers

MetroParks Meet animals that you might find in your backyard and learn how to keep them safe and wild!

Event Sponsors

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