Metro Parks

The following is a list of Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for this week.

Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

* Yoga in the Park, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn basic yoga movements. Bring a mat or blanket.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

* Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Search for woodland flowers on a 1.5-mile walk.

Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville

* Preschoolers: Let's Dig, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Dig in the woods and see what you can find.

* Metro Five-0: Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn to identify wildflowers in the woods on a two-mile hike. For ages 50 and older.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

* Woodcock Watch, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Honda Wetland Education Center. Take a one-mile hike and scan the fields for the woodcock's aerial mating dance.

Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

* Bald Eagles, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn about the eagles at the park, then take a three-mile hike to the Overlook Trail observation deck to see the nest and perhaps the eagles in flight.

* Metro Five-0: Salamander Search, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Nature Center. Take a three-mile hike to the breeding pools and search for salamanders. bring water and a snack. For ages 50 and older.

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 Hempstead Road, Westerville

* Wild Ones: Rain Gardens, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Innis House. Learn the history and importance of rain gardens and tips on getting one started.

* Meet the Artist, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Innis House. View the watercolor and pencil artwork of Barb Nye.

* Metro Five-0: Vernal Pools, 11 a.m. Tuesday at the gardens entrance. Take a walk and discover the importance of Inniswood's vernal pools. For ages 50 and older.

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park
7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester

* Here Come the Herons, 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Learn about great blue herons and watch them at their nests and they hunt at the ponds.

* Amphibian Adventure, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Look and listen for American toads, spring peepers, chorus frogs and other creatures while exploring a wetland.

* Callery Pear Removal, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Wear works gloves and bring loppers or a bow saw to help remove invasive callery pear trees.

* Preschoolers: Awesome Amphibians, 10 a.m. Monday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Discover frogs, toads, tadpoles and salamanders with stories and activities.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park
400 W. Whittier St., Columbus

* Fun to the Midnight Hour, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The climbing wall and dog park will remain open, as well as the fishing dock on the Scioto River.

Slate Run Metro Park
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* Woodcock Watch, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Learn about woodcocks and watch for their courtship flights.

* Furry Fun, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the farm entrance. See and touch a display of mammal furs and then head to the farm to watch sheep shearing.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* We Do Windows, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Help the farm women do their spring cleaning chores -- without the help of electricity or other modern aids.

* Sheep on the Farm, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Watch sheep shearing, meet the lambs and learn about the uses of wool.

Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

* Cruising for Critters, 8 p.m. Friday at the Heron Pond bulletin board. Look and listen for animals while taking a sunset tram ride.

Walnut Woods Metro Park
6723 Lithopolis Road, Groveport

* Annual Spring Clean-Up, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the park office. Help park staff clean up the banks of Walnut Creek. Bring gloves. Hot beverages and snacks provided.

Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 891-0700 (TDD 895-6240) to schedule these services.

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