For more information about Preservation Parks of Delaware County or to register for a program, call 740-524-8600, extension 3.

For more information about Preservation Parks of Delaware County or to register for a program, call 740-524-8600, extension 3.

Rita Au to be honored

Preservation Parks will host a public open house to recognize Rita Au, who is retiring after 25 years as executive director of the park system. The open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware. Guests are invited to drop in anytime; however, a short presentation honoring Au will be held at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Camp registration underway

Preservation Parks will offer nature camps this summer for ages 8-10 and farm camps for ages 7-12. All are weeklong day camps that run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fees range from $100 to $125. For descriptions of each camp, registration materials, and a downloadable brochure, visit preservationparks.com or call 740-524-8600, ext. 3.

Register for these programs:

* Preschool Park Pals: Nests, 10 a.m., Thursday, April 10. Birds and nests. Ages 4-5. Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road. Register by April 6.

* Homeschool Adventures: Spring on the Farm, 10 a.m., Thursday, April 17. See how farm families of the 1930s and 40s welcomed spring. Ages 7 and older. Gallant Farm Preserve, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road. Register by April 14.

* Beneath the Surface, 9 a.m., Saturday, April 19. Hike off-trail to explore wetland habitats. Wear waterproof boots; bring cameras, binoculars. Ages 18 and older; children may accompany parents. Gallant Farm Preserve, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road. Register by April 16.

No registration is necessary to attend these programs:

* Salamander Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 30. Ohio is home to many species of salamanders. See several up close while learning about these amazing amphibians. All ages. Shale Hollow Preserve, 6320 Artesian Run.

* Golden Marathon, 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 31. Hike for older adults. Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway. Meet in the food court.

* Breathtaking Beaks, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Start with a birdwatching hike led by Columbus Audubon. Visitors are welcome to drop in the rest of the day to see our collection of bird beaks and learn about their functions. Ages 5+. Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road.