Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Sept. 14-21.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Metro Five-0: Level 1 Monarchs, 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will learn about the butterfly's life cycles and its migration to mexico.
Family Creekin', 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Ranger Station. Guests will catch and release aquatic wildlife in Big Darby Creek.
Glow Worms, 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Indian Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests will seek out this insect's mysterious glow on a 2-mile hike.
Underwater Study, 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Ranger Station. Guests will bring their own snorkeling equipment and get a close-up look at the behavior of animals that live in the water and under the rocks of Big Darby Creek.
Canoe Float, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Pleasant Valley Bulletin Board. Guests will take a ride out on the lake. Children must fit into a life jacket to ride.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Bird Hike, 8 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will take a 1-mile walk to search for migrating songbirds.
Nature Tram, 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests will take a tram ride through the park.
Fall Migration, 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 2-mile walk to search for songbirds.
Metro Five-0 Level 1 Nature Tram, 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Ages 50 and older will take a tram ride through the park.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Art Walk, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 at the Nature Center. Guests will watch members of the Westerville Art League paint nature scenes along the trail and see an artists' presentation at 11:30 a.m. on the patio.
Bugs and Blooms, 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 2-mile walk to see wildflowers and the insects that visit them.
Six-legged Chorus, 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Nature Center. Guests will listen to the loud sounds of singing insects as they take a 2-mile walk.
Preschoolers: Hello Yellow, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Nature Center. Preschoolers will try a scavenger hunt to see how many yellow items they can find in nature.
Homeschoolers: Fun in the Field, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Nature Center. Ages 6-12 will search for goldenrod, grasshoppers, migrating monarchs and leaves that are starting to change color.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Family Bike Safety Check and Ride, 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will learn how to adjust their bike's brakes with a ranger, and then take an 8-mile ride.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
Preschoolers: Snakes, 9:30 or 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 3-5 will meet snakes.
4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard
Buckeye Hike, noon Sept. 16 at the Barn. Guests will learn about Ohio's state tree and make a buckeye craft to take home.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 29. Guests will meet members of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit and have their questions answered.
Metro Five-0: Level 1 Nocturnal Wildlife, 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Greenhouse Multipurpose Center. Ages 50 and older will learn about nighttime critters and meet animals from Ohio Wildlife Center.
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 little ones for a nature-inspired story or two.
Weekly Bird Hike, 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will search for birds in the park.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Family Storytime: Apples, 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Farmhouse. Guests will sample a variety of heirloom apples and enjoy a story and a craft.
Herbs on the Farm, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Farmhouse. Guests will learn about traditional uses of herbs in cooking and medicine.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Mud and Madness, 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will crawl through mud and over obstacles on a 1.5-mile family adventure.
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.