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

* Falling Leaves Full Moon Hike, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Ranger Station. Take a brisk four-mile walk through fields and forest.

* Metro Five-0: Bison, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a one-mile hike to see the bison. For ages 50 and older.

 

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville

* Preschoolers: Life in a Leaf Pile, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Station. Learn how insects live under leaves and play in a giant leaf pile.

* Wild Edibles, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Sample various wild edibles, including acorn stew.

* Metro Five-0: Tree ID Hike, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn how to identify trees on a two-mile hike. For ages 50 and older.

* Homeschoolers: GPS Treasure Hunt, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Nature Center. Learn to use a GPS unit to find hidden treasures called geocaches. GPS units available or bring your own.

 

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

* Moon Watch, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Energy Center (at the windmill). See the moon in a partial lunar eclipse. Telescopes and binoculars available or bring your own.

 

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

* Howl at the Moon, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Take a 3.5-mile hike with your dog.

* Autumn Splendor, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Reservable Shelter. Trams will run continuously throughout the park for rides to view fall color.

* Step Back in Time, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays throughout October at the Nature Center. This series celebrating the park's 40th birthday will cover different topics each week, including edible plants, pioneer toys and historic artifacts. There also will be crafts and games.

 

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road, Westerville

* Metro Parks Nature Print Contest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Innis House. View all the entries in this year's photo contest and cast a vote for the People's Choice Award.

* Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Herb Garden. Members of the Herb Society of America Central Ohio Unit will be available to answer visitors' questions.

 

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

* Just for Kids: Screech Owls, 7 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Lake, 8921 Lucas Road. Learn all about these owls and try calling them in on a one-mile walk. For ages 6-12.

 

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

* Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Friday at the Apple Ridge bulletin board. Take a fast-paced, 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural-surface trails.

* Metro Five-0: Lantern Stroll, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schrock Lake restrooms. Take a slow walk in the nature preserve to see nocturnal animals. For ages 50 and older.

 

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* Moonwatch, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. See the lunar eclipse. Binocular and spotting scopes available, or bring your own equipment. If skies are cloudy, take a one-mile hike.

* October Owls, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Play recorded owls sounds during a 1.5-mile walk to see (and hear) if barred and screech owls will hoot back.

* Bobwhite Quail, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Slate Run Wetlands. Take a two-mile walk to look for bobwhite quail, reintroduced to the park in a specially-cultivated habitat.

 

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* Apples: Their History and Uses, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Help press cider, stir apple butter over an open fire and taste apple varieties from the 1880s.

 

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

* Howl at the Moon, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Take a three-mile walk with your dog.

* Campfire Cooking, 3 p.m. Saturday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Discover how to make great food at a campfire and taste some samples.

* Preschoolers: Growly Critters, 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Explore the world of bears, bobcats and other predators through games and activities.

 

Walnut Woods Metro Park

6723 Lithopolis Road, Groveport

* Tire Clean-Up , 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the park office. Help remove tires from Walnut Creek (rain or shine).

 

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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