Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Jan. 4-11.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Bison: Behind the Scenes, 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Nature Center. Guests will see how park staff tend to the bison.
Preschoolers: Coyotes, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about these crafty canines through a story, song and craft then take a short walk.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
45th Annual Winter Hike Series, 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests will take a 1.5-mile walk and search for feathered friends.
Beginning Birding Series: Part 2 Color Pattern, 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how to identify birds from their colors and patterns.
Preschoolers: Tracks in the Snow, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will discover tracks that critters leave behind.
Lens and Leaves Camera Club, 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests can see member photos and learn photographic techniques. Nonmembers invited.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Photo Prowl, 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Nature Center. Guests can photograph waterfowl on Thoreau Lake.
Bird Feeding Display, 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Nature Center. Guests can check out ways to feed backyard birds.
Tree ID, 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 2-mile walk and learn how to identify trees by their bark.
Last Look at the Lake, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn to identify waterfowl.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
Mammals of Ohio, 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 and 7 at the Nature Center. Guests will see furs and skulls of Ohio mammals.
Storytime, 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Nature Center. Ages 6 and younger will listen to stories about animals in the depth of winter.
Preschoolers: Track Tales, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 10 and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about animal tracks and signs through a story, craft and hike.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Metro Five-0: Level 2 Common Winter Birds, 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Innis House. Ages 50 and older will take a short walk to look for feathered friends and enjoy hot drinks.
Meet the Artist, 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Innis House. Guests will meet artist Elizabeth Biglen and view her mixed-media art.
Introduction to Hops, 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Innis House. Guests will learn how to grow and use hops, the 2018 Herb of the Year, with the Central Ohio Unit of the Herb Society of America.
Rocky Fork Metro Park
7180 Walnut St., Westerville
Winter Tree ID, 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Guests will learn how to identify trees by their bark as they take a 1.5-mile walk.
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Afternoon Ramble, 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Ages 50 and older will go on an off-trail walk and discover how plants and animals survive winter.
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
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.
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Natural Play Area: Scavenger Hunt, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will go on a scavenger hunt in the forest.
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.