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Whatever you enjoy doing outdoors, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are a great place to begin your adventure. Find adventurous things to do, new activities to try and places to explore every day of the year! For seven decades, your Metro Parks have been a treasured natural resource for generations of Central Ohioans of all ages and abilities.

Metro Parks are free and belong to everyone….so get out, get active and have some fun.
It’s in your nature!

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Discover & Experience Nature

The mission of Metro Parks is to conserve open space, while providing place and opportunities that encourage people to discover and experience nature. Your 19 Metro Parks cover more than 27,700 acres of land and water and are home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species.

Every year about 11 million people visit a Metro Park to escape into a world of teeming with wildlife and rich in recreational and educational opportunities. The tremendous growth and enduring popularity of Metro Parks is due to the strong support of the community – as voters, as volunteers and as visitors.

First time ever for prairie burn at Scioto Grove Metro Park 🔥

CARRIE MORROW Assistant Resource Manager Along with awesome Metro Parks team members from various parks and departments, Resource Management completed two terrific burn days in late March 2022, including the …Read More

Has Spring Finally Sprung?! 🌸

JILL SNYDER Assistant Manager – Interpretation & Education Thankfully, most Ohio plants and animals use the length of daylight to judge if spring is here. If they relied on the …Read More

Behind the Parks: Meet Becky at Metro Parks Headquarters 🏢

BECKY COLLINS Ranger/Operations Specialist – Metro Parks Headquarters – What I do at Metro Parks I’ve been with Metro Parks for just over 20 years. I coordinate training, order uniforms …Read More

Metro Parks Uncovered: A Symphony of Springtime Sounds🎵

KATIE BENNETT Naturalist, Clear Creek Metro Park Regardless of the forecast or temperature, nature has many ways of letting us know spring is on the way. Signs of spring are …Read More

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