Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for June 8-15.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Honey Bees, 10 a.m. June 9 at the nature center. Guests will discover the social structure and life cycle of honey bees.
Full Strawberry Moon Hike, 9 p.m. June 9 at the Ranger Station. Guests will take a brisk 4-mile hike through fields and forest.
Photo Group: Fire Works, 10 a.m. June 10 at the nature center. Guests will learn techniques to capture images of fireworks.
Preschoolers: Salamanders, 9:30 and 11 a.m. June 13 at the nature center. Preschoolers will investigate the secretive life cycle of salamanders.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Lens and Leaves Camera Club, 7 p.m. June 8 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will hear a presentation by Pat Hemlepp about wildlife and nature photography secrets. Nonmembers are welcome.
Going Batty, 9 p.m. June 10 at the Ash Grove Picnic Center. Guests will watch for bats flying and catching insects.
Trading Post: Insects, 1 to 4 p.m. June 11 at Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests will stop by the trading post to learn about insects.
Preschoolers: Dance Party, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 14 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Preschoolers will learn about animals that have dance moves and how they use them.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
What Tree is That?, 8 p.m. June 9 at the nature center. Guests will learn to recognize common tree species and discover their uses on a 2-mile walk.
Photo Prowl, 9 a.m. June 10 at the nature center. Guests will search for young birds to photograph.
Bluebird Checkup, 2 p.m. June 10 at the nature center. Guests will check a few bluebird boxes to see what’s nesting and how the eggs and babies are doing.
Bird Hike, 8 a.m. June 11 at the nature center. Guests will take a 2-mile hike to find nesting and migrating songbirds.
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Ravine Scramble, 2 p.m. June 11 at the nature center. Ages 50 and older will explore the secrets of the creek on an off-trail walk through the ravine. Guests should be expected to get wet.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Walk and Woof, 7 p.m. June 9 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will enjoy a 2.5-mile hike with their dogs.
S’mores and Scavenger Hunt, 11 a.m. June 13 at the Red Oak Trailhead. Guests will make s’mores to enjoy by the campfire and complete their scavenger hunt by looking for signs of wildlife in the forest.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
Howl at the Moon, 8:30 p.m. June 9 at the nature center. Guests will take a 3.5-mile hike with their dogs.
Nature Adventure Box Training, 2 p.m. June 10 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Guests will learn how to access and use the nature adventure boxes containing all the equipment needed to get children outdoors exploring fields and rivers.
Ravine Hike, 10 a.m. June 11 at the nature center. Guests will explore the ravine on a 4-mile off-trail hike.
Introduction to Backpacking, 1 p.m. June 11 at the nature center. Guests will join staff from Outdoor Source to learn how to plan a trip, optimize gear purchases, bypass beginner mistakes and feel confident in planning and executing an outdoor experience.
Storytime, 10 a.m. June 12 at the nature center. Ages 6 and older will enjoy stories about frogs, toads and other amphibians.
Preschoolers: River Fun, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 14 and 9:30 or 11 a.m. June 15 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area.
4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard
For Kids: Go Fish, 10 a.m. June 8 at the Covered Bridge. Ages 3-15 will learn the basics of fishing.
For Kids: Nature Crafts, 1 to 4 p.m. June 10 at the Barn. Ages 3-10 will create nature crafts featuring supplies found in nature.
For Kids: Nature Sketching, 10 a.m. June 12 at Pine Pavilion. Ages 10-14 will learn techniques to help draw better sketches of nature.
Evening Hike, 7 p.m. June 14 at the Barn. Guests will take a 1-mile hike and discover animals in the park.
Summer Entertainment Series: Fun Comedy Magic Show, 7 p.m. June 15 at the Amphitheater. Guests will enjoy a 1-hour performance by magician Gordon Russ.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the Herb Garden. Guests will meet of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit and have questions answered.
Metro Five-0: Level 1 Citizen Science in the Gardens, 2 p.m. June 10 at the Innis House. Ages 50 and older will discover ways observations in the garden can inform scientific discovery and decision-making.
Evening Garden Walk, 7 p.m. June 11 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests will take a guided stroll through the gardens.
Summer Children’s Programs: Bullfrog, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 13-14 at the Education Pavilion. Ages 8 and younger will look for and learn about Ohio’s state frog, the American bullfrog.
Rocky Fork Metro Park
7180 Walnut St., Westerville
Grassland Birding, 8:30 a.m. June 10 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Guests will search for birds like dickcissels, blue grosbeaks and sparrows on a 1.5-mile walk around the meadow.
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Bluebird Exploration, 10 a.m. June 11 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Ages 50 and older will learn about bluebirds through a talk and a short walk to peek into bluebird boxes.
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.
Late Nights at the Climbing Wall, until midnight June 9 at the Climbing Wall. Four auto belays will be available, but climbers must bring their own climbing harness. Late night fishing also will be available from the dock on the Scioto River.
Birdwatching for Beginners, 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will learn how to use binoculars and search for birds.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
Fast-paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 9:15 p.m. June 8 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests will take a fast-paced 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural surface trails.
Family Fun: Fireflies, 9 p.m. June 9 at the Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board. Guests will learn about, catch and release fireflies.
Archery, 9 and 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. June 10 at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Ages 8 and older will learn how to shoot a compound bow.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Wheels on the Farm, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9-11. Guests will play a game of “I Spy” as they figure out how all the wheels around the farm work and what they do.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Fishing, 10 a.m. June 12 at the Heron Pond Bulletin Board. Ages 50 and older will try to catch fish. No experience or fishing license is required. Poles and bait will be available.
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.