Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Dec. 21-28.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Holiday Symbols GPS Hunt, 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at Nature Center. Guests will use GPS to find and learn about holiday symbols hidden in the park.

Nature Kids: Oh Deer, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will learn about reindeer and their relatives that live in Ohio.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Metro Five-0: Level 3 Solstice, 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will take a 2-mile walk and discover how ancestors relied on the changing seasons.

Waterfowl Watch, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Thoreau Lake Observation Blinds. Guests will see ducks and geese on Thoreau Lake and learn identification tips.

Winter Break Craft and Scavenger Hunt, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 26-31 at the Nature Center. Guests can make a holiday craft and try an indoor or outdoor scavenger hunt.


4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

For Families: Wildlife, 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Lakeside Pavilion. Guests will see 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.

Scioto Grove Metro Park

5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City

Metro Five-0: Level 3 Solstice Saunter, 10 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Arrowhead Picnic Area. Ages 50 and older will welcome winter with a 2-mile hike on the shortest day of the year.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Holiday Break Workday, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Farmhouse. Guests can help with farm chores, visit the animals and stop by the farmhouse for fun activities and to warm up next to the woodstove.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Calling All Kids: Winter Crafts, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road, Groveport. Visitors ages 5-17 will use items from nature to make a craft to take home.

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.