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

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

* Preschoolers: What's the Buzz, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Explore the lives of mosquitoes through a story, song and activity.

* Late Night at Pleasant valley, Saturday at the Pleasant Valley bulletin board, 9137 state Route 62. The Pleasant Valley Area will remain open until midnight for fishing, hiking, stargazing and pet hikes.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

* Going Batty, 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Watch bats as they catch their dinner on the fly.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville

* Grandparents & Grandkids: Here Comes the Sun, 10 a.m. Friday at the Skating Pond parking lot (or Nature Center, in the event of inclement weather). Look at the sun using special telescopes. Make a craft.

* Hound Hike, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Take a 1.3-mile walk with your dog.

* Just for Kids: Snakes, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Meet a black rat snake. For ages 6-12.

* Animal Songs Campfire, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Sing songs and sample shaggy dog marshmallows. Bring seating and other food to roast.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

* Archery, 4 p.m. Sunday at the Energy Center at the windmill. Learn to shoot arrows using a simple compound bow. For ages 8 and older.

* Grandparents & Grandkids: Archery, 10 a.m. Monday at the Energy Center at the windmill. Learn to shoot arrows using a simple compound bow. For ages 8 and older.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

* Natural Play Area: International Mud Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Make mud pies and dirt dessert, dig for worms and paint a muddy mural.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road, Westerville

* Metro Five-0: Bluebirds, 11 a.m. Friday at the Gardens entrance. Learn how to attract these birds to your backyard. For ages 50 and older.

* Music in the Garden: Arnett Howard, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Education Pavilion.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

* Heritage Trail Special: Walk and Woof, 7 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Trail Park, 7262 Hayden Run Road. Take a two-mile walk with your dog and discover the dog park.

* Late Night Fishing, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Fish Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake.

* Canoe the Lakes, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road. Paddle a canoe around the lakes. Children must fit into a life jacket to ride.

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.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

* Geocache Adventure, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Apple Ridge bulletin board. Try your hand at geocaching. Bring your unit -- some available to borrow.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* Canning, Pickling and Preserving, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Discover how the farm ladies preserve garden produce using 19th-century methods.

* Cool Drinks for a Hot Day, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Taste teas, switchel, root beer and other refreshing 19th-century beverages.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

* Fireflies by Tram, 9 p.m. Friday at the Heron Pond bulletin board. Ride the tram and learn how these insects create light.

* Natural Play Area: International Mud Day, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Make mud pies and dirt dessert, dig for worms and paint a muddy mural.

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.