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.


Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Monarchs, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly through a story, song and craft.

Natural Play Area Adventures: Grand Opening, 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Indian Ridge bulletin board. Expand your imagination at play in the Natural Play Area. Enjoy a display of mammals and cold-blooded creatures living there. Long pants and sturdy shoes recommended.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave.,


Summer's End Campfire, 8 p.m. Friday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Take a 1.5-mile walk and enjoy a campfire. Bring food to roast.

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. View wildlife through the Nature Center windows while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Commit To Be Fit Healthy Hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a leisurely two-mile walk with park rangers.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 State Route 161 E.,


Pioneer Campfire, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Ridge Program Area. Hear stories of times past and share johnnycakes cooked over a campfire

Tour the Monarch Mansion, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn how to manage a mini butterfly house, including butterfly rearing methods, plant selection, watering and ethical issues.

Senior Exclusive: Summer Evening Stroll, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy then take a relaxing evening stroll.

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park

8445 Winchester Road, N.W.,


Bodacious Bats, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Springhouse Program Area. Watch for bats in the sky around the pond and learn more about the world's only flying mammals.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

Bluebirds: Facts or Legends, 1 p.m. Saturday at Nature Center. Learn why bluebirds are called "Birds of Happiness" and other interesting tales.

Apple Time at the Barn, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Dragonfly Day Camp. Learn about the fruit farms that once thrived in the area.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road,


Evening Garden Walk, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Garden entrance. Take a guided stroll through the gardens.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

Mussels Among Us, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sycamore Plains Trail. Hike a mile to Big Darby Creek and search for mussels.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,


Arachnophobia, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Apple Ridge bulletin board. Search for spiders on a one-mile hike through field and forest.

Preschoolers Puppet Show: Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville. The Discovery Forest Puppets will present a Cherokee tale of light.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Shale and Salamanders, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shady grove Program Area. Search for red-backed, two-lined and dusky salamanders and learn about their connection to the shale in a small portion of Slate Run Creek.

Taste Test, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Living Historical Farm entrance. Sample spicebush tea and bee balm tea made from plants grown at Slate Run.

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Broomcorn Harvest, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Help harvest and clean broomcorn, weather and crop permitting, and watch broom making.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Sunday Summer Scenes, 1 or 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Take a tram ride through fields and forests.

Tree Time Hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Learn to identify trees by their leaves before they start to fall.

Senior Exclusive: Tram Ride, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Take a tram ride and learn about the many edible and medicinal plants Native Americans and pioneers used in Ohio.

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.