Cox Arboretum MetroPark, located at 6733 Springboro Pike, is a beautiful 189-acre facility and a special place for visitors to escape among trees, shrubs, specialty gardens, mature forests, and prairies. Founded on December 2, 1962, The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation was formed when the Cox Family donated their property to create an arboretum. In 1972, they gifted the land to Five Rivers MetroParks. Cox Arboretum contains significant natural areas including two high quality mature woodlots, dense cedar glades, especially beautiful succession areas (containing an abundance of dogwood and redbud trees), planted tall-grass prairie, and created wetlands. The arboretum hosts year-round educational programs that teach children and adults about sustainable horticulture, plant science, and conservation. Cox Arboretum MetroPark is also home to a native-Ohio Butterfly House, which opened to the public in the summer of 1998 as one of only four such facilities in the United States. The Butterfly House is a living showcase of native southwest Ohio butterflies and moths. During the summer, visitors can get an up-close encounter with butterfly eggs, caterpillars, butterflies emerging from their chrysalises, adult butterflies, and native moths. This Dayton Original, from spring’s splashes of bright color to winter’s textures, offers something special for every season!