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Places and activities

Looking for places to go and things to do in the Portland metropolitan area? Metro is your guide to local activities, parks and nature trails, entertainment centers and more. Find schedules, directions, events, kids’ stuff and nature notes too.

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Places to go

Find a park, nature trail, picnic spot, entertainment venue or other regional attraction...Go

Nature guides

Discover facts, figures, and where to watch local birds, plants and animals in Metro’s nature guides...Go

Field trips at Metro parks and natural areas

Follow animal tracks and discover salmon, birds and other critters on educational field trips led by Metro’s naturalists...Go

It's Our Nature outdoor immersion series

Get to know the nature of the region in a yearlong class for adults that explores the rocks, plants, animals, peoples and historic uses of the region's natural areas...Go

Historic cemeteries

Metro's 14 pioneer cemeteries, managed as active facilities, offer scenic tranquility and a unique glimpse into the history of the region...Go

Oregon Zoo

From concerts and seasonal events such as Zoo Lights to exciting exhibits and attractions, there's a whole lot to do at the Oregon Zoo...Go

Art and business venues

Metro owns and operates some of the region's most popular facilities, including Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Expo Center...Go

Places and activities

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Getting to Metro Regional Center

Metro Regional Center is at 600 NE Grand Ave. in Northeast Portland's Lloyd District. View a map showing transit and parking options. Link to trip planning tools for bikers, walkers, transit riders and drivers.

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Protected by voters

Natural areas, parks and trails

Thanks to voters, Metro has preserved 12,000 acres of natural areas, protected 90 miles of rivers and streams, supported hundreds of community projects and opened three large nature parks. Learn more

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Discover 50 regional neighborhoods while enjoying the benefits of walking.Learn more

Volunteer opportunities

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Restoration in Metro's natural areas

Is your service club, faith group, or Scout troop looking for a service project? Is your workplace planning a team-building day? Most of Metro's 12,000-plus acres of natural areas and parks need active and ongoing restoration to enhance their habitat values and suitability for native plants and animals. More

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