Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for July 13-20.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Brown Bag Special: Mammals, 11:30 a.m. July 15 at the Ranger Station. An Ohio Wildlife Center representative will talk about Ohio’s native mammals.
Family Creekin’, 1 p.m. July 15 at the Ranger Station. Guests will catch and release aquatic wildlife in Big Darby Creek.
Feed the Stream, 2 p.m. July 16 at the Ranger Station. Guests will help serve a meal to the creatures in the living stream.
Canoe Float, 6 to 8 p.m. July 16 at the Pleasant Valley Bulletin Board. Guests will take a canoe out on the lake. Children must fit in a life preserver to ride.
Movie Matinee: Leave it to Beaver, 11 a.m. July 18 at the nature center. Guests will watch the one-hour PBS movie, Nature’s “Leave it to Beaver,” the story of beavers in North America, their history, their near extinction and their current comeback.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Yoga in the Park, 10 a.m. July 13 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will bring their mat and learn basic yoga techniques.
Lens and Leaves Camera Club, 7 p.m. July 13 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will learn photographic techniques from Rick Buchanan, who specializes in wedding, portrait, nature and landscape photography. Nonmembers are invited.
Snake Display, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 15 and 16 at the nature center. Guests will celebrate World Snake Day by learning about Ohio’s snakes.
Creek Exploration, 1 p.m. July 16 at the nature center. Guests will take a 2-mile round-trip walk to Blacklick Creek and cool down by wading in the water.
Nature Kids: Insect Hunt, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 18 at the nature center. Ages 6-12 will take a 1-mile walk to search the fields for insects.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Happy Birthday Henry David Thoreau, 2 to 5 p.m. July 15 at the nature center. Guests will learn about the American author and namesake of Thoreau Lake and Walden Waterfowl Refuge through a display and activities.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Walk and Woof, 7 p.m. July 17 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will enjoy a 2.5-mile hike with their dog.
Bats, 8:30 p.m. July 20 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will take a 1-mile walk to detect bats and learn why these misunderstood animals are important.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
WBNS-10TV and Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 15 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. A free celebration of summer will feature playing in the creek, climbing a rock wall, sack races, face painting, archery, live animals and other outdoor activities. Channel 10 news anchors will be on hand throughout the day.
Tae Kwon Do: Respect, 10 a.m. July 18 at the nature center. All ages will join instructors from Tiger Woo’s for a tae kwon do lesson on the theme of respect. This martial art class instills confidence, builds strength and agility and develops coordination. No experience needed.
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Shady Characters, 11 a.m. July 18 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Guests will take a hike on the Scenic River Trail to learn basic tree identification and enjoy the shade they create.
4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard
Summer Entertainment Series: The Mousetraps Kid Rock Band, 7 p.m. July 13 at the Amphitheater. Guests will enjoy a one-hour performance of modern children’s songs by the Mousetraps. Sponsored by Giant Eagle.
Wildlife Night Hike, 9 a.m. July 14 at the Barn. Guests will take a 1-mile hike and discover what animals are awake at night.
For Kids: Photo Nature Scavenger Hunt, noon to 2 p.m. July 16 at the Barn. Ages 8-12 will pick up a scavenger hunt and try their luck at capturing the perfect photo.
For Kids: Bats, 1 p.m. July 17 at the Pine Pavilion. Ages 5-10 will discover what makes bats special through games and activities.
Evening Campfire and S’mores, 7 p.m. July 18 at the Barn. Guests will enjoy s’mores around the campfire and bring their own food to cook.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays at the Herb Garden. Guests will meet members of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit and have their questions answered.
In the Pond, 2 p.m. July 15 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests will get to know the pond food chain, discover what eats mosquitoes and find out what the organisms in a pond tell about the water quality.
Music in the Gardens: Buzzard Kings, 3 to 5 p.m. July 16 at the Education Pavilion. Guests will listen to Buzzard Kings, four veteran rockers, as they play music inspired by the heartland of Kansas City, Missouri; the tradition of Memphis, Tennessee; and charm of Nashville, Tennessee.
Evening Garden Walk, 7 p.m. July 16 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests will take a guided stroll through the gardens with an educator as they wrap up visiting area gardens on the Westerflora Garden Tour.
Summer Children’s Programs: Bullfrog, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 18 and 19 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
Paws for a Walk with Healthy New Albany, 10 a.m. July 15 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Guests will join MedVet, Healthy New Albany and Metro Parks for a 1.5-mile walk around the park each month this summer. A MedVet veterinarian and a doctor will be on hand to answer questions about canine and human health. For details, visit hna.recdesk.com.
Creature Feature, 1 to 4 p.m. July 16 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Guests will see furs, shells, skulls, prints and more from animals one might see in the park.
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 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will learn how to use binoculars and search for birds.
Late Nights at the Climbing Wall, until midnight, July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25. Four auto belays will be provided, but climbers must bring their own climbing harness. Late night fishing will be available from the dock on the Scioto River.
Conservation Connection Series: Coffee and Birds, 11 a.m. July 15 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Stauf’s Coffee owner Tom Griesmer will explain how they sustainably source their coffee and why migrating birds are important.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
Family Fun: Fishing, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16 at the Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board. Ages 5-12 will drop a line in Schrock Lake and try to catch a big fish.
Lunchtime Chat: Birding Basics Tram Ride, noon July 19 at the Schrock Lake Picnic Shelter. Guests will hop aboard the tram and learn tips and tricks to identify common birds.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Horse-Powered Grain Threshing, 1 to 3 p.m. July 15 and 16. Guests will see how horses power machinery that separates grain from straw. Crop and weather permitting.
Riddle Me These, Please, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18-23. Guests will pick up a list of riddles at the farmhouse that will have them thinking their way around the farm.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Lightning Bug Night Ride, 9 a.m. July 14 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will take a 6-mile bike ride with frequent stops to watch and learn about lightning bugs.
Fishing Around the Pond, 7 p.m. July 18 at the Heron Pond Bulletin Board. Ages 15 and younger will cast a line and try to catch a fish. Poles and bait will be available.
Preschoolers: Bats, 10 a.m. July 20 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Preschoolers will learn about bats through games, activities and stories.
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.