Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for June 28 through July 5.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Full Moon Hike, 9 p.m. June 28 at the Ranger Station. Guests can take a brisk 4-mile hike through fields and forest.

Preschoolers: Bison, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 29 at the Nature Center. Guests will learn about North America's largest land mammal.

Feed the Stream, 2 p.m. June 30 at the Nature Center. Guests can enjoy the fish feeding frenzy while helping feed them worms, crickets and minnows.

Cold-Blooded Critters Display, 1 p.m. July 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can view a display of amphibians, reptiles and other cold-blooded creatures.

Bird Display, 1 p.m. July 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can see a display of mounts, eggs and skills of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl.

Mammals Display, 1 p.m. July 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can see skins, scat and skulls and skeletons of Ohio's past and present animals.

Cold-Blooded Critters, 1 p.m. July 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can view a display of amphibians, reptiles and other cold-blooded creatures.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Story Time, 10 a.m. June 29 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-6 will learn about nature through stories and activities.

Going Batty, 8:30 p.m. June 30 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests can watch for bats flying and catching insects.

Stars and Stripes Display, 8 p.m. June 30 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about animals that represent America with the colors and patterns of the American flag.

H2Olympics, 2 p.m. July 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can beat the heat with water games.

All-American Scavenger Hunt, noon to 4 p.m. July 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can pick up a list to see how many items they can find.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

International Mud Day, noon to 2 p.m. June 29 at the Natural Play Area. Guests can make a mud pie, wallow around and get dirty in honor of International Mud Day. Some buckets and shovels will be provided but guests are encouraged to bring their own. The park will provide water to clean up when finished.

Family Movie Night, 9:15 p.m. June 30 in the Program area. Guests can watch "Jumanji" under the stars, beginning at dark. Attendees should bring their own seating.

Morning Bird Hike, 8 a.m. July 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 2-mile walk while looking for nesting birds.

Eagles and Eats, 2 p.m. July 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can celebrate Independence Day by learning about the recovery of the national symbol, the bald eagle, then cook hot dogs over an open fire.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center

Howl at the Moon, 8:30 p.m. June 28 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 3.5-mile hike with their dog. Flashlights are encouraged.

International Mud Day, 10 a.m. June 29 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Guests can make mud pies, dig for worms and play in a giant mud pit.

Creature Feature: Friday Feeding, 1 p.m. June 29 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-10 will watch the naturalist feed the education reptiles and amphibians and learn what it takes to care for these animals.

Red, White and Blue, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 and July 1 at the Nature Center. Guests will enjoy a display of red, white and blue animals and plants found in the park along with other patriotic critters.

Story Time: Animals in the Summer, 10 a.m. July 2 at the Nature Center. Children ages 5 and younger can listen to some stories about summertime animals living in Ohio's forests and ponds.

Patriotic Scavenger Hunt, noon to 4 p.m. July 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can pick up a scavenger hunt to look for the red, white and blue stars and stripes in nature. Children will earn a small prize.

Ranger Run, 7 p.m. July 5 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Guests can meet the ranger for a 3-mile jog through Highbanks. Gravel path, moderate to difficult.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Summer Entertainment Series: Madcap Puppets, 7 p.m. June 28 at the Amphitheater. Guests are invited to a one-hour performance by the Madcap Puppets. Sponsored by Giant Eagle.

Meet the Animals, 1 p.m. July 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can get acquainted with reptiles and amphibians.

Summer Scavenger Hunt, 2 p.m. July 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can pick up a scavenger hunt and search for signs of animals that live in the park.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus

Late Nights at the Climbing Wall, second and fourth Fridays at the Climbing Wall. The climbing wall will stay open until midnight for Late Nights at the Climbing Wall programs, which will be held through October. There will be four auto belays, but climbers must bring their own climbing harness. Late night fishing also is available from the dock on the Scioto River.

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.

Conservation Connection Series, 6:30 p.m. July 5 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests can explore nature through a monthly lecture series led by experts.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Preschoolers: Insect Safari, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 28 and 29 at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Guests will learn about the different insects that live in the park and catch and release the six-legged creatures.

Children's Fishing, 10 a.m. to noon June 30 at the Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board. Guests ages 18 and older can drop a line in Schrock Lake and try to catch a big fish.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Cold Drinks for a Hot Day, 2 to 4 p.m. June 30 and July 1 at the Farmhouse. Guests can try teas, switchel, root beer and other refreshing beverages from the 19th century.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

In the Creek, 2 p.m. July 1 at the Confluence Trails Area. Guests can take a short walk to the creek and search for critters using nets, buckets and other tools. Attendees should wear footwear suitable for wading in a rocky creek.

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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