Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Dec. 7-14.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Photo Group: Time-lapse Photography, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how to combine multiple photographs into a time-lapse movie.
Owls of Darby Creek, 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Indian Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests will try to lure in these raptors for a closer view on a 2-mile hike.
Holiday Crafts, 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Nature Center. Guests will create crafts with materials found in nature.
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Bison, 1 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will go on a 2-mile hike and see North America's largest land mammal.
Preschoolers: Bears, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Nature Center. Guests will discover what these animals do in winter through stories and activities. Preschoolers can bring teddy bears.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Survival Strategies Display, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how critters make it through winter.
For Adults: Presenting Nature to Kids, 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how to get children interested in nature. There will be an optional 1-mile walk after the program.
Preschoolers: Beech Tree Puppets Discover Winter, 10 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Preschoolers will join the puppets as they learn about winter.
Lens and Leaves Camera Club, 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Nature Center. Guests will see member photos and learn photographic techniques. Nonmembers are invited.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Waterfowl Watch, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Thoreau Lake Observation Blinds. Guests will see ducks and geese on Thoreau Lake and learn identification tips.
Mammal Display, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about furry wild animals at the touch-and-see display.
Flying Squirrel Fun Facts, 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about these mammals and see trail cam videos of their exploits, with Ohio State University extension wildlife specialist Marine Titchnell.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N, Lewis Center
Off-trail Wander, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 3.5-mile hike with their dog.
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Owl Hike, 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will take a 2-mile hike and call in the park's three species of owls for a closer look.
Preschoolers: Goodnight Nature, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 13 as well as 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Nature Center. Guests will wear pajamas and discover what happens in the park while they sleep.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Common Winter Birds, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Innis House. Guests will take a short walk to look for feathered friends and enjoy hot drinks.
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.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
Go Wild Kids Club: Winter Crafts, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Ages 5-12 will make crafts to celebrate the season.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Filling the Farm Larder (1), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Farmhouse. Hog butchering is a seasonal activity that provided much of the meat for the coming year on an 1880s farm. Guests will watch the farmers as they clean and prepare the hog carcass at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Filling the Farm Larder (2), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Farmhouse. Guests will watch farmers cut meat, make sausage and render lard as they complete the hog butchering tasks.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Walk to the Eagle's Nest, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Ages 5 and older will learn about these noble birds and take a 2-mile off-trail walk to visit their nesting site.
Easy Birding, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will take a relaxing walk to search for feathered friends.
Preschoolers: Animal Stories, 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Preschoolers can bring their favorite stuffed animal and listen to stories about their wildlife cousins.
Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 614-891-0700 (TDD 895-6240) to schedule these services.