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

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

Battelle-Darby Creek

Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive,

Galloway

Preschoolers: Amphibians, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Discover the earliest signs of these cold-bloded critters with a story, song and craft.

36th Annual Winter Hike Series, 10 a.m. Saturday at the naturalist office. Take a two-, four- or six-mile hike along the banks and bluffs of Big Darby Creek.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Wildlife Obvservation Night, 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Watch for nocturnal wildlife activity.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 State Route 161 E.,

Westerville

A Gathering of Waterfowl, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Watch geese and other waterfowl prepare for their journey north.

Migration Mechanics, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a short hike to Thoreau Lake and learn how the changing climate is altering waterfowl migration.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road,

Westerville

Growing Dahlias, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Innis House, sponsored by the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society. Learn how to start dahlia tubers for early blooms and how to take cuttings.

Spring Garden Walk, 2 p.m. Sunday at the garden entrance. Walk through the nature preserve to discover signs of spring.

Stroller Stroll: Signs of Spring, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the garden entrance. Search the gardens for sights and sounds of spring.

Pickerington Ponds

Metro Park

7680 Wright Road,

Canal Winchester

Early Birds, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Search for and identify early migrating birds using scopes and binoculars.

Owl Afternoon, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ellis Pond Viewing Area on Bowen Road. Search the woods for great-horned owls.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

Skunk Cabbage Scramble, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area. Search for the season's first wildflower.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,

Westerville

Preschoolers: Groundhog's Adventures, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville. Join Groundhog as he wakes up from a long winter nap and meets with Discovery Forest Puppets.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Maple Syrup Hikes, 1 or 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Help tap trees and collect maple sap at the sugarbush. Call (614) 833-1880 for weather conditions.

Slate Run

Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Maple Syruping, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See syrup made the 1880s way, weather permitting. Learn about the process, help tap a tree and collect sap. Call (614) 833-1880 for weather conditions.

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.