Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for July 5-12.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Feed the Stream, 2 p.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can enjoy the fish feeding frenzy as they help feed them worms, crickets and minnows.

Preschoolers: Creeking, 9:30 and 11 a.m. July 10 at the Ranger Station. Guests can wade in the creek and discover what critters live there.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Caterpillar Hunt, 8:30 p.m. July 6 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a half-mile walk to search the trails and shrubs for caterpillars.

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 a.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can view wildlife through the nature center windows.

Regeneration Display, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 7 and 8 at the Nature Center. Guests can view a display about animals that can regenerate body parts and see regeneration in action with live planaria.

Metro Five-0: Level 3 Butterfly Walk, 3 p.m. July 8 at the Nature Center. Visitors ages 50 and older can enjoy a 2-mile walk and learn about common butterflies in the park.

Preschoolers: Whales, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 11 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Guests can explore the world of whales through activities, sounds, books and crafts.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Red, White and Blue, and Other Colors Too!, 2 to 5 p.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can discover birds' feathers with a display in the air-conditioned Nature Center.

Bluebirds, 2 p.m. July 8 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about and observe bluebirds while walking 2 miles on an unimproved trail.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

Firefly Watch, 8:30 p.m. July 6 at the Shelter House. Guests can learn about fireflies and try to catch them on a 1-mile hike.

For Kids: Bioblitz, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 9 at the Shelter House. Visitors ages 8-17 can bring a smartphone and learn to be a scientist. Participants will record the plants and animals seen at the park on- and off-trail with the iNaturalist phone application.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center

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.

Creature Feature: Turtles, 1 p.m. July 6 at the Nature Center. Children ages 5 and younger will visit with live turtles and learn how to take care of them.

Nature Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can stop by the nature center and pick up a wildlife scavenger hunt list and win a prize.

Night-Time Wonders, 9 p.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can hike 1 mile to learn about what animals do in the park once it gets dark.

Tae Kwon Do: Self-Control, 9:30 a.m. July 9 at the Nature Center. Guests can join black belt instructors from Tiger Woo's for a taekwondo lesson on the theme of self-control. No experience necessary.

Preschoolers: River Explorers, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 11 as well as 9:30 and 11 a.m. July 12 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Guests can wade into the river for a closer look at its creatures.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Campfire and S'mores, 8 p.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can enjoy s'mores around the campfire and bring their own food to cook.

Summer Entertainment Series: Columbus Zoo, 7 p.m. July 12 at the Amphitheater. Guests are invited for a one-hour performance featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays at the Herb Garden. Members of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit will answer visitors' questions.

Meet the Artist, 2 to 4 p.m. July 8 at the Innis House. Guests can view the photography artwork of Pat Henneforth at a reception.

Metro Five-0: Level 2 Introductory Tai Chi, 1 p.m. July 9 at the Education Pavilion. Visitors ages 50 and older can learn the first few moves of this ancient Chinese moving meditation from Taoist Tai Chi Instructor Midge Krause in this introductory less. All fitness levels can participate.

Summer Children's Program: Assassin Bugs!, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 10 and 11 at the Greenhouse Multipurpose Center. Children ages 8 and younger will get to know assassin bugs and other predatory insects, discovering how and what these insects eat through hands-on activities.

Rocky Fork Metro Park

7180 Walnut St., Westerville

Rocky Fork Dog Days of Summer, 9 a.m. July 7 at the Millstone Shelter. Guests can take a 1.5-mile walk with their dog.

Stroller Stroll, 10 a.m. July 11 and 13 at the Millstone Shelter. Guests can bring their child in a stroller or backpack for a 1.5-mile hike.

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

Canoe the Lake, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. July 7 and 8 at the Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board. Guests can stop by and take a canoe out for a ride on the lake. Canoes and equipment will be provided. Children must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

Go Wild! Kids Club: Canoeing, 6 to 8 p.m. July 9 at the Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board. Children ages 5-12 can explore Schrock Lake from a canoe.

Lunchtime Chat: Amphibians, noon July 11 at the Schrock Lake Picnic Shelter. Guests can learn about frogs, toads and salamanders and meet a few live ones.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Family Storytime: The Little Red Hen, 10:30 a.m. July 6 and 7 at the Farmhouse. Guests can hear a classic story and take part in activities that show how grain becomes bread.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Bats and Lightning Bugs, 8:30 p.m. July 7 at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Guests can observe hunting bats and learn how to call in lightning bugs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small flashlight.

Barking and Breakfast, 9 a.m. July 8 at the Confluence Trails Area. Guests are invited to have breakfast snacks for them and their dog before taking a 3-mile walk.

Preschoolers: Bats, 10 a.m. July 10 at the Confluence Trails Area. Guests can learn about bats through games, activities and stories.

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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