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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.
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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.

20 IN 22: The Second Child (Blendon Woods)

VIRGINIA GORDON Communications Coordinator The first child gets all the love. But somehow, when the second child comes along, and even though the love of the first is undiminished, plenty …Read More

Raising Quail

CARRIE MORROW Assistant Resource Manager As the summer begins to wind down, so do our efforts of raising and releasing northern bobwhite quail into our parks. Slate Run is in its …Read More

Behind the Parks: Meet Casey at Three Creeks

Casey Kirker Park Technician, Three Creeks Metro Park – Hometown I’m from Bexley, on the east side of Columbus. We lived close to Alum Creek. What I do at Metro …Read More

Amazing fall programs and events at Metro Parks

JILL SNYDER Visitor Engagement Manager The fall weather makes for a wonderful day in the park and there is so much to celebrate as the season changes. The cool crisp …Read More

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Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!