Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for April 20-27.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Bison, 10 a.m. April 22 at the nature center. Ages 50 and older will take a 1-mile hike to see bison.
Cruddy Creek, 2 p.m. April 22 at the nature center. Guests will discover why rivers and creeks get polluted and have fun at the living stream as they learn how to help the environment.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Lantern Hike, 8:30 p.m. April 21 at the nature center. Ages 50 and older will take a 2-mile lantern-led hike.
Secret Swamp Sounds, 8:30 p.m. April 22 at the nature center. Guests will learn frog and toad sounds and take a 0.5-mile walk through the swamp to listen for their calls.
Sunday in the Swamp, 1 to 3 p.m. April 23 at the nature center. Guests will scoop up slimy swimmers in the buttonbush swamp.
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Bird Walk, 8 p.m. April 26 at the nature center. Ages 50 and older will take a 2-mile walk to search the trails for migrating songbirds.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft, 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 and 21 at the nature center. Guests will try a scavenger hunt and make a nature craft, as well as look at displays and live animals and watch birds at the windows.
Hiking the John Muir Trail, 7 p.m. April 21 at the nature center. Local hikers Dara Naraghi and Ovi Sofariu share photos and videos of their 25-day hike on the 211-mile John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains, to celebrate naturalist and environmentalist Muir on his birthday.
Uses of Plants, 2 p.m. April 22 at the nature center. Guests will enjoy a 2-mile walk and learn how Native Americans used plants.
Earth Day Night Hike, 8 p.m. April 22 at the nature center. Guests take a 1.5-mile hike through the woods to celebrate Earth Day.
Birds for Beginners, 11 a.m. April 23 at the nature center. Guests will search for migrating birds on a slow-paced, 1.5-mile walk. For beginning and intermediate birders. Binoculars will be provided.
Preschoolers: Green and Growing, 10 a.m. April 24-25 and 1 p.m. April 25 at the nature center. Preschoolers will learn about seeds and what they need in order to grow, as well as make a craft and look for plants growing in the park.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Lantern Stroll, 8:30 p.m. April 21 at the picnic shelter. Candle lanterns will light the way as guests take a 1-mile stroll.
Kids: Go Fly a Kite, 1 p.m. April 23 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 25 at the Energy Center. Ages 3-10 will fly a kite to celebrate National Kite Month. Guests can bring their own kite or use one of the park's kites.
Walk and Woof, 7 p.m. April 26 at the picnic shelter. Guests will enjoy a 2.5-mile hike with their dogs.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
Howling Wilderness, 2 p.m. April 23 at the nature center. Guests are invited to a presentation about the history of the early settlement of the wilderness at Highbanks. For adults only.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Meet the Artists, 2 to 4 p.m. April 23 at the Innis House. Guests will view fiber art of the Art Quilt Alliance at a reception.
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. April 23 at the Gardens Entrance. Age 50 and older will Identify and discuss some common wildflowers on a walk with an educator.
Scioto Audubon Metro Park
400 W. Whittier St., Columbus
Pre-K Storytime, 10 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St. Bring children for a nature-inspired story or two.
Birdwatching for Beginners, 10 a.m. Saturdays. Guests will learn how to use binoculars to search for birds.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
Earth Day: Mission Possible, 1 p.m. April 22 at the Schrock Lake Picnic Shelter. Guests will hop aboard the tram and help pick up trash and pull invasives off-trail to celebrate Earth Day.
Cache In/Trash Out, 6 p.m. April 25 at the Schrock Lake Picnic Shelter. Guests will join local geocachers to make the park a better place to cache by removing trash and invasive species.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Sheepshearing, 1 to 3 p.m. April 20. Guests will watch the farmers shear sheep with hand-cranked clippers.
Waste Not, Want Not, 1 to 3 p.m. April 22. Guests will explore the farm to find out how recycling was an everyday part of 1880s life.
Sheep on the Farm, 1 to 3 p.m. April 23. Guests will watch sheep shearing, meet the lambs and learn about the uses of wool.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Frog Frenzy, 8 p.m. April 21 and 22 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will bring a flashlight and wading shoes to search for frogs and listen to their mating calls.
Preschoolers: Awesome Amphibians, 10 a.m. April 25. Preschoolers will discover frogs, toads and salamanders through stories and fun activities.
Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 614-891-0700 (TDD 614-895-6240) to schedule these services.