Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Feb. 15-22.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Salamanders, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Nature Center. Preschoolers will learn about these slimy amphibians through story, song and craft.

Lichens, 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Nature Center. Guests will enjoy a 2-mile hike and take close-up photos of lichens and moss.

Owls of Darby Creek, 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Indian Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests will try to lure in these raptors for a closer view on a 2-mile hike.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Creature Feature: Pangolin, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will watch "Wild Kratts: Pangolin Rescue" to learn about an endangered animal with a cool defense.

Beginning Birding Series: Part Four Habitat, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how the habitat in which they find a bird can identify it.

Homeschoolers: Skull Study, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will take a close look at animal skulls and learn ways to identify them.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

New Moon Walk, 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 2-mile walk and learn about the phases of the moon and why observing it was important to ancestors.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt, 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Nature Center. Guests will pick up a scavenger hunt list.

Girl Scout Day: Cadettes Night Owls, 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Nature Center. Girl Scout cadettes will participate in activities for the Night Owl Badge.

Homeschoolers: Owls, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 19. Ages 6-12 will learn identification tips for different species for these raptors and dissect an owl pellet.

Preschoolers: Owls, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Preschoolers will enjoy stories, crafts and activities about these raptors.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

Barred Owls, 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Bulletin Board at the Picnic Shelter. Guests will search for these raptors on a 1-mile hike.

Maple Sugaring: Syrup Time, 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Bulletin Board at the Picnic Shelter. Guests will learn how sugar maple trees are used to make syrup.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center

Preschoolers: Physics of Play, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Nature Center. Guests will play a game, hear a story and experiment with pushing and pulling as they discover the physics of force.

Winter Survival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at the Nature Center. Guests will enjoy some fun activities while learning how animals and prehistoric people survived the cold.

Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how to identify birds and how to become a citizen scientist by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

For Kids: Frosty Scavenger Hunt, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Barn. Children ages 3-10 will pick up a scavenger hunt list and try to win a prize.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Common Winter Birds, 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Innis House. Guests will take a short walk to look for feathered friends and enjoy hot drinks.

Meet the Artist, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Innis House. Guests will meet Doug Wensink and view his photography.

Rocky Fork Metro Park

7180 Walnut St., Westerville

Owl Prowl, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Millstone Picnic Area. Guests will enjoy a 1.5-mile walk and use recorded calls to try to attract barred and screech owls.

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.

Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will submit data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a citizen science program. Light refreshments will be provided. To register before Feb. 9, email mgoldman@audubon.org.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

45th annual Winter Hike Series, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Guests will take a 2.5- or 5-mile hike through woods and fields. Food will be served.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

45th annual Winter Hike Series, 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests will take 1-, 3- or 5.6-mile hike along the creeks followed by hot food and drinks.

Homeschoolers: Dissecting an Owl Pellet, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Ages 6 and older will learn about these raptors, their food webs and adaptations by dissecting an owl pellet.

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.

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