Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Oct. 19-26.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Mussel Mania, 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Indian Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests will wade in the creek in search of mussels.
Fall Hike, 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Ranger Station. Guests will enjoy the colors of the forest on a short walk.
Preschoolers: Those First Falls, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Ranger Station. Guests will romp in the leaves and discover the importance of trees.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Hike and Heat, 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests will go on a 1.5-mile walk and cook treats over a campfire.
Nature Print Contest, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at the Nature Center. Guests will view the entries and cast their vote for the People's Choice Award.
Hike All the Trails, 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. Guests will walk all six miles of trail at Blacklick Woods.
Story Time, 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Nature Center. Guests will enjoy stories about animals and create a simple craft.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Preschoolers: Ride the Tram, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Nature Center. Guests will see fall colors, look for animals and make a craft.
Metro Five-0: Level 1 Tram Tour, 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will enjoy fall colors as they tour the park.
Fall Colors Tram Tour, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. Guests will discover the hues of nature on a ride to areas not normally open to the public.
Fall Fun Day Tram Rides, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22. Guests will enjoy a tram ride, see the changing colors of nature, play in a giant leaf pile, roast a marshmallow and make a craft.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Walk and Woof, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will enjoy a 2.5-mile hike with their dog.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
I Love the '70s: The 1870s, 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about the settlers who came to the area where the park stands now.
Homeschoolers: Web it Out, 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Nature Center. Children ages 6-12 will enjoy a hike and explore food webs, producers, consumers and decomposers and learn what animals eat and how they find food.
4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard
Virtual Treasure Hunt, 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 20 at the Barn. Ages 6-12 will bring their smartphone and enjoy an electronic search for riches. Participants will collect a prize at the end.
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.
Oak ID: White Oak Group, 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests will identify some of the white oak trees.
Autumn Walk, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests will take a guided stroll through the gardens.
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.
Music and Nature, 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will enjoy a walk through the park inspired by Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony." After the walk, Columbus Symphony musicians will perform one of the composer's string quartets.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
I-Spy Nature Adventure, noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Naturalist Office. Guests will pick up a scavenger hunt list and earn a prize for completing it.
Lantern Stroll, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Schrock Lake restrooms. Candle lanterns will light the way on a 1-mile stroll through the woods.
Go Wild! Kids Club: Fort Building, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Natural Play Area. Ages 5-12 will build their own forts in the natural play area.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Family Storytime: Pumpkins, 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Farmhouse. Guests will enjoy a story and activities about these huge fruits.
Pumpkins and Corn, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at the Farmhouse. Guests will discover how the many varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash and corn were used on 1880s farm.
Metro Five-0: Level 2 What Does the Barn Say?, 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Farmhouse. Ages 50 and older will take a guided tour of the barn to discover its history and learn about the many tools and machines inside.
Homeschoolers at the Farm: Taking Care of Business, 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Farmhouse. Guests will learn about the history of agriculture and some of the skills needed to be successful operating an 1880s farm as a family business.
Slate Run Metro Park
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Family Harvest, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Guests will go on a hayride, taste apple cider and pick Indian corn and pumpkins to take home.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Halloween Family Fun Night, 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will hear not-too-scary stories and make s'mores at the campfire and go trunk-or-treating for candy. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.
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.