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: Pepe le Pew, 9:30 or 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center. Learn how skunks defend themselves through story, song and craft.
• Photo Basics: Spring Wildflowers, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center. Learn techniques for capturing the beauty of wildflowers.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
• Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. View wildlife through the Nature Center windows and enjoy a cup of coffee.
• Metro Five-0: Vernal Pool Study, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn how a swamp pool forms, why they are important to wildlife and collect animals and plants. For ages 50 and older.
• Nature Kids: GPS, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn how GPS works and look for hidden treasure using GPS coordinates.
• Preschoolers: Swamp Things, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Nature Center. Scoop up critters from the swamp using nets.
Blendon WoodsMetro Park
4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville
• Photo Prowl, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Join other photographers for a group focus on techniques.
• Just for Kids: Seeds and Sprouts, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Look for sprouting seeds under leaves and discover how seeds work. Bring a plastic foam egg carton to make a recycled seed sprouter.
• Audubon Bird Hike, 8 a.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a two-mile hike and search for birds.
• Preschoolers: Let's Dig, 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nature Center. Dig in the woods and see what you can find.
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
8445 Winchester Road, N.W., Carroll
• Nature PAKT (Parents and Kids Together): Tent Building, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a 1.4-mile hike into the woods and build your own makeshift survival tent. Bring a blanket, tarp or sheet.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center
• Howl at the Moon, 8 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Take a 3.5-mile hike with your dog.
• Songbird Journey: Part 2, 8 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn skills and field tips on a search for birds. bring binoculars, field guides and a notebook. For ages 12 and older.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 Hempstead Road, Westerville
• Tips from a Tea Drinker 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Innis House. Learn the history and benefits of tea drinking and about growing tea herbs in your garden.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
• Those Crazy White Boxes, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville. See how a beehive works and discover the roles of different types of honeybees in the hive.
• Natural Play Area Adventures: Fairy and Elf House Building, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Natural Play Area (last parking lot in the Apple Ridge area). Help pull invasive plants, then visit the nature store for supplies to build a house of your choice – one for fairies or elves or even bugs.
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.