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

38th 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.

Signs of Spring, 1 p.m. Sunday at the naturalist office. Look for signs of spring on a one-mile walk.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Wildlife Observation Night, 5-8 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Look through the nature center windows to see what nocturnal wildlife comes into view.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 State Route 161 E., Westerville

Just for Kids: Polluting the Planet, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Use the Enviroscape, an interactive miniature model of the Earth, to discover how pollution affects the environment and all living things. For ages 6-12.

Metro Five-0: Signs of Spring, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a short stroll to Thoreau Lake to watch the ducks and search for signs of spring.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

Owls: Stealth Hunters of the Night, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Search for owls on a one-mile hike.

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

7680 Wright Road,

Canal Winchester

Early Birds, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Search for and learn to identify types of ducks, geese and other birds using scopes and binoculars.

Calling All Coyotes, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Call in coyotes while taking a two-mile hike. Learn how these wild canines have adapted to living close to people and ways which we can learn to live with them.

Owls Afternoon, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ellis Pond Viewing Area, Bowen Road. Search for great horned owls on a 1.5-mile off-trail prowl through the woods.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

Calling All Coyotes, 6:45 p.m. Friday at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area. Call in coyotes while taking a two-mile hike. Learn fact and fiction about these wild canines.

Skunk Cabbage Search, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prairie View Picnic Area. Look for these first spring wildflowers on a one-mile off-trail hike.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

38th Annual Winter Hike Series, 2 p.m. Sunday at the maintenance shop. Take a self-guided two- or 4.5-mile hike. Volunteer will highlight animals and nature along the way. Cornbread and maple syrup will be served at the Living Historical Farm until 3:30 p.m. Meet at the shady grove Program Area for the longer hike, at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area for the shorter.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Maple Syrup Hikes, 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Sample this sweet treat and learn about making syrup the 1880s way. Short hikes to the sugarbush depart at 1 and 2 p.m. Sap collecting and boiling is dependent on the weather.

Maple Syrup, 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Learn about making maple syrup the 1880s way.

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.