Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Dec. 28 through Jan. 4.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Preschoolers: Bears, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Nature Center. Guests can discover what these animals do in winter through stories and activities. Teddy bears are welcome to attend.
After the Hunt, 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn the different types of meat harvested in Ohio and how to prepare them, as well as sample some wild game recipes.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Wildlife Observation Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Nature Center. Guests can catch a glimpse of nocturnal critters through the viewing windows.
Bird Walk, 10 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 1.5-mile walk and search for feathered friends.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Winter Break Craft and Scavenger Hunt, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 28-31 and Jan. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can make a holiday craft and try an indoor or outdoor scavenger hunt.
Evening Observation, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Nature Center. Guests will watch for nocturnal critters as the park sets red lights to illuminate the feeding area.
New Year's Day Bird Hike, 8 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 2-mile walk to look for feathered friends.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Christmas Bird Count, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Maintenance Shop. Guests will search for birds as part of the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
Friday Feeding, 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Nature Center. Guests will watch the naturalist feed the education reptiles and amphibians and learn what it takes to care for them.
Silent Night Hike, 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Nature Center. Guests will go on a 2.5-mile hike in the woods.
Howl at the Moon, 5 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can usher in the new year with a 3.5-mile full moon hike with their dog.
4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard
For Families: Wildlife, 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Lakeside Pavilion. Guests will see animals from Ohio Wildlife Center.
For Families: Backyard Birds, 1 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Lakeside Pavilion. Guests can make a feeder and learn how to attract birds to their yard.
Rocky Fork Metro Park
7180 Walnut St., Westerville
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Lunar Walk, 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Ages 50 and older will take a 1-mile stroll along a paved path and watch the rising moon.
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
Preschoolers Plus: New Year's Open House Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Children ages 3-7 can stop by to celebrate the new year with games, activities and crafts.
Family Fun: New Year Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Families with children ages 3-7 can stop by to celebrate the new year with games, activities and crafts.
Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests can take a fast-paced 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural surface trails.
Homeschoolers: Bears, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Children ages 6-12 can enjoy activities while learning about bears.
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.
Smoked, Salted, Pickled and Preserved, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Farmhouse. Guests can learn how fruits, vegetables and meats were preserved before the days of artificial refrigeration. The smokehouse will be operating.
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.