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

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Signs of Spring, 2 p.m. March 17 at the Ranger Station. Guests will enjoy a 1-mile walk and search for signs of the coming season.

Bison, 1 p.m. March 18 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 1-mile hike to see North America's largest land mammal.

Spring Break Movie Matinee, 1 p.m. March 19-23 at the Nature Center. Guests will watch a double-feature nature movie featuring the Wild Kratt brothers then make a craft.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt, 1 to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests will search for green things in the park.

Homeschoolers: Everyday Natural Resources, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 19 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests will learn about natural materials commonly used and where they come from.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Maple Display, 1 to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how maple syrup is made and see the tools used to create it.

Woodcock Watch, 7 p.m. March 17 at the Program Area. Guests will learn about these birds and view their mating flight.

Tree ID, 1 to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn how to identify trees at the tree and leaf display.

Metro Five-0: Level 2 First Day of Spring, 2 p.m. March 20 at the Nature Center. Ages 50 and older will take a forest stroll on a paved path and search for signs of the season.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

For Families: Salamanders, 2 p.m. March 18 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will take a 1-mile hike and search for these amphibians in the vernal pools.

For Adults: Hidden Wetlands, 10 a.m. March 22 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Ages 18 and older will hike three miles off-trail to the wetlands and search for wildlife.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center

Salamanders, 7 p.m. March 16 at the Nature Center. Guests will take a 3-mile hike and look for these amphibians in the vernal pool.

Birding Optics 101, 10 a.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about the newest field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes from Wild Birds Unlimited.

Eggstravaganza, 1 to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Guests will learn about eggs through games and activities and take a short hike on the Scenic River Trail to find bird nests and treat stations.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Spring Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. March 20 at the Barn. Children ages 3-10 will find signs of animals getting ready for spring.

For Kids: Nature Crafts, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 21 at the Lakeside Pavilion. Children ages 3-10 will make crafts.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Gardening in the Heartland, 3 to 5 p.m. March 18. Guests will learn from the experts as garden writer Michael Leach, horticulturist Debra Knapke and master gardener/writer Teresa Woodard share insights. Fee is $15, payable to Inniswood Garden Society Members, and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call 614-895-6216.

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.

Birdwatching for Beginners, 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will learn how to use binoculars and search for birds.

Signs of Spring, 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will celebrate the spring equinox with crafts, snacks, stories and a hike. To register, email aclark@audubon.org.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Happy Tails-N-Trails, 10 a.m. March 17 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests will bring their canine companion for a two-mile hike followed by a doggie treat.

Older Homeschoolers: Digging into the Past, 1:30 p.m. March 20 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Children ages 10 and older will learn how to unlock secrets of the past.

Go Wild Kids Club: Trash Can Archaeology, 4:30 p.m. March 20 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Children ages 5-12 will learn how to uncover secrets of people's lives through a study of both old and recent artifacts.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Homeschoolers at the Farm: What is it?, 1 p.m. March 22 at the Farmhouse. Guests will take a look at some of the 19th century machines and tools then try to figure out how they work and what their purpose is.

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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