Join Metro Parks for the 20 IN 22 Adults 50+ Challenge!

Assistant Manager – Interpretation & Education

As we celebrate 20 IN 22, we want to challenge our adults who are 50+ to visit each of our 20 Metro Parks this year!

From April to October, Naturalists and Outdoor Adventure team members will offer programs for adults 50+ to join us at various locations. Some of the programs will be high energy, while others offer a more laid-back wildlife wander, and others will feature hitting the water for fun.

Each time guests 50+ join us for a program in this challenge series, they will receive a unique Metro Park sticker, and we want guests to collect them all! And, of course, what’s a challenge without a celebration? Join us at the end of October when we celebrate 20 IN 22 Adults 50+ Challenge with campfires, music and so much more!

Those 50 and older can participate in our 20 IN 22 Adults 50+ Challenge! Photo Mindi McConnell

Here are a few of the April programs for Adults 50+ that are part of the Challenge:

50+ 20 IN 22: Swamp Things

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

April 2 at 11AM

Search for fairy shrimp, salamander larvae and more as we use nets to catch creatures of the swamp. For the most enjoyable experience, you will need to be able to sit, kneel or stoop over to use a net from the boardwalk.

Meet at the Nature Center.

50+ 20 IN 22: Blooming Beauties

Three Creeks Park

April 22 at 2PM

We’ll look for bluebells and other spring ephemerals as we hike 1-mile along the three creeks. The Bluebell Trail is considered moderate.

Meet at the Confluence Trails Area at 3860 Bixby Rd.

Look for details on all of our programs in this Challenge on our website here. Just type 50+ in the keyword search.

Earth Day Fun at Metro Parks

This year, Earth Day is on Friday, April 22, but the celebrations will last longer than just one day! Many parks host clean-ups, tree plantings, and park beautification events throughout the month. One such event will have guests planting trees in the Natural Play Area at Sharon Woods Metro Park on April 23 at 10AM.

If you can’t make it to a Metro Park in-person, check out this blog from 2020 with ideas for things you can do at home to celebrate the Earth and take care of our planet all year long.

To learn more about Metro Parks, visit See you soon at Metro Parks!

16 thoughts on “Join Metro Parks for the 20 IN 22 Adults 50+ Challenge!

  1. Hi. Quick question. I’m 53, but my wife doesn’t turn 50 until October 2022. Would she be able to join me in the adventures? I wouldn’t want to do it alone. I mean, I know there will be lots of others, but I’d want my wife with me. Let me know. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Josie! Unless noted in the description, dogs will not be permitted. We encourage you to call ahead for the parks hosting the programs to check and see if dogs are allowed!

    1. Hi, Tami! Thank you for reaching out to Metro Parks. When you view our program links, you’ll be able to see that all the programs are Show Up. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  2. What is this metro parks hiking club that was referred to in a flier? The flier has dates, but doesn’t say where to meet at each park. Could you please explain more about this “club”?

    1. Hi, Karen! Thank you for reaching out to Metro Parks. The 20 IN 22 Adults 50+ Challenge begins in April, and you can learn more on our website in the links mentioned. In addition, you are more than welcome to view all Metro Parks programs, activities and experiences throughout the park district and in our Nature Centers. Visit the website regularly for the most up-to-date list of programs and offerings, and you may search by park, date of availability, type of activity or topic, such as “birds” or “Outdoor Adventure.” If next to a program it states “show up” in a red box, there is no registration required. You can also view the Metro Parks monthly event calendar here. Please let us know if you have any further questions at!


  3. Is there an actual registration required? Or, just show up? “Join” sounds like a registration. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Paul! Thank you for reaching out to Metro Parks. When you click on the program links, you’ll be able to see that all the programs are Show Up. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  4. When will future events for June be added to the program search or listed on Facebook? Want to make sure to save the dates! Thanks.

    1. We typically post programs one month in advance. June programs will be posted the last week of May.

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