Metro Parks

Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for this week.

Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

* Moths, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 19-27 at the Nature Center. See a display of native moths in celebration of National Moth Week.

* Jack's Prairie, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn how the late Jack McDowell started Metro Parks' prairie restoration program and take a guided tour of a prairie in full bloom.

* Bison, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a one-mile hike to see the bison.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

* Moth Night, 8 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Kick off National Moth Week with a night of catching moths and other nocturnal insects.

Blendon Woods

Metro Park

4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville

* Monarch Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Station. Check the milkweed fields for monarch caterpillars and learn the causes and remedies for their decline.

* Metro Five-0: Creeking, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cherry Ridge Program Area. Explore the creek and see who's living in it. For ages 50 and older.

* Preschoolers: Tram to the Pine Forest, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Nature Center. Ride the tram to Thoreau Lake and explore the deep pine forest.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

* Campfire, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Oak Trailhead. Make s'mores over a campfire. Bring seating and other foods to roast.

* Nature at Night, 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Oak Trailhead. Take a 1.5-mile hike to explore the world of nature after dark.

* Grandparents, Parents and Kids: Flint, Fire and Fun, 10 a.m. Wednesday at the bulletin board at the main entrance picnic area. Start a fire using flint and steel, throw an atlatl, play a stick game and carve soap. Watch bannock bread made over an open fire.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N.,

Lewis Center

* Firefly Frenzy, 9 p.m. Saturday at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Catch and release these insects on a half-mile hike.

* Brown Bag Lunch: Butterflies, noon Wednesday at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Learn about butterflies and other insects.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road, Westerville

* Herbal Hints, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Innis House. The Herb Society of America Central Ohio Unit's quarterly meeting will discuss plants and 30 years of Inniswood Metro Gardens.

* Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays at the Herb Garden. Members of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit (wearing yellow shirts), will be on hand to answer visitors' questions.

* Evening Garden Walk, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Gardens entrance. Take a guided stroll through the gardens as the final stop on the Westerflora Garden Tour.

* Turtles Among the Leaves, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Education Pavilion. Learn about box turtles. For ages 8 and younger.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

* Preschoolers: Creek Explorers, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area. Take a half-mile walk to Big Darby Creek and search for creek critters.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus

* Fireside Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. See nocturnal animals and enjoy s'mores and cocoa around the campfire. Fee. Register by emailing aroush@

* Fantastic Fish, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Learn about freshwater fish and try to catch (and release) a few.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,


* Nocturnal Noises Tram Ride, 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Listen for and learn about animals on a tram tour of the park.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* Up Close With Critters, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Learn the difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals, meet a few animals and touch furs and skulls.

* Sunset Stroll, 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Slate Run Wetlands. Take a 1.5-mile hike and see the sun setting over the wetlands.

* Forest Hike, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Take a 1.5-mile walk through the woods to discover the trees, animals and plants that call the forest home.

* Nature Walk for Kids: Fawn Fun, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Shady Grove Program Area. Learn about baby deer through a story, games and a craft. For ages 3-10.

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

* Horse-Powered Grain Threshing, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See how horses power machinery that separates grain from straw. Crop and weather permitting.

* Riddle Me These, Please!, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-26. Pick up a list of riddles at the farm house that will have you thinking your way around the farm.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road,


* Lightning Bug Hike, 9 p.m. Saturday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Catch and investigate lightning bugs on a two-mile hike.

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.