Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for July 26 through Aug. 2.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Creeking, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 27 at the Ranger Station. Guests can wade in the creek and discover what critters live there.

Feed the Stream, 2 p.m. July 28 at the Nature Center. Guests will enjoy the fish feeding frenzy as they help feed them worms, crickets and minnows.

Bison Bison, 7 p.m. July 29 at the Nature Center. Guests can join for a 1-mile hike and learn about this 2,000-pound mammal.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Story Time, 10 a.m. July 27 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-6 can learn about nature through stories and activities.

Unexpected Carnivores, 10 a.m. July 28 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about meat-eating plants, fungi and plant-eating animals that sometimes break the rules.

Dutch-Oven Cooking, 6 p.m. July 29 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests can learn the basics of dutch-oven cooking and how it can make camping trips special.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville

Butterfly Search, 2 p.m. July 28 at the Nature Center. Guests can help find butterflies and caterpillars to take back to the Nature Center.

Bats Incredible, 8:30 p.m. July 28 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about Ohio's flying mammal.

Just for Kids: Damsels and Dragons, 1 p.m. July 29 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-12 will learn about these insects, make a craft and hike to see some in action.

Metro Five-0: Level 3 Damsels and Dragons, 1 p.m. July 30 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 50 and older can discover facts about these insects then hike to find some in the field.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

For Kids: Wildlife Discovery Hike, 1 p.m. July 27 at the Shelter House. Guests can go on a 1-mile hike to find animals that live in the park.

Summer Stargazing, 9 p.m. July 28 at the Windmill at the Energy Center. Guests can look at planets and constellations using telescopes and binoculars.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

Creature Feature: Snakes, 1 p.m. July 27 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-12 can visit with a live snake and learn facts about these reptiles.

Howl at the Moon, 8:30 p.m. July 27 at the Nature Center. Guests can go on a 3.5-mile hike with their dog.

S'mores and Scavenger Hunt, 6 to 8 p.m. July 28 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-10 can make s'mores by the campfire and complete a scavenger hunt by looking for signs of wildlife in the forest.

Nature Crafts: Animal Masks, noon to 3 p.m. July 29 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-8 can design paper-plate animal masks or decorate one already made.

For Kids: Creeking Critters, 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Participants ages 3-12 can explore the Olentangy River looking for animals.

For Kids: Busy Bees, 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Nature Center. Visitors ages 3-10 can learn about bees and make bee crafts.

For Adults: Bee Lunchtime Chat, noon Aug. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can pack their lunch and learn about the importance of bees.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Summer Entertainment Series: COSI on Wheels, 7 p.m. July 26 at the Amphitheater. Guests are invited to a one-hour performance by COSI on Wheels.

For Kids: Nature Photography 101, 2 p.m. July 29 at the Nature Center. Children ages 8-12 will walk around the park and learn how to get that perfect shot.

Summer Entertainment Series: The Shazzbots, 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Amphitheater. Guests can enjoy a one-hour performance by the Shazzbots. Sponsored by Giant Eagle.

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.

Evening Garden Walk, 7 p.m. July 29 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests can take a guided stroll through the gardens.

Music in the Gardens: The Muleskinner Band, 3 to 5 p.m. July 29 at the Education Pavilion. Guests can attend a performance by the Muleskinner Band.

Summer Children's Programs: Pollen Movers, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 31 at the Education Pavilion. Participants ages 8 and younger can learn about the insects that assist in pollination through crafts and activities.

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. Aug. 2 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: Summer Fun Tram Rides, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. July 26 at the Schrock Lake Picnic Shelter. Guests can go for a tram ride and wear a swimsuit for some water fun before and after.

Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 9 p.m. July 26 at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Guests can take a fast-paced 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural-surface trails.

Scioto Grove Metro Park

5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City

Full Moon Canoe Float, 9 p.m. July 27 at Northern Canoe Access. Guests ages 8 and older can enjoy a night float down the Scioto River. Canoes, equipment and return transportation will be provided.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 9 p.m. July 26 at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Guests can take a fast-paced 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural surface trails.

Summertime Notes, 7 p.m. July 27 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Michelle Tuesday Music School's combined flute choirs will perform a program featuring pieces from around the world.

Family Tram Rides, 3 to 6 p.m. July 28. Guests can catch the tram at any of the tram stop signs and enjoy a tour of the park.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

A Hunting We Will Go, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26-29 at the Farmhouse. Guests can pick up a scavenger hunt list at the farmhouse and seek items around the farm.

Canning, Pickling and Preserving, 2 p.m. July 28 at the Farmhouse. The farm ladies will have a display about how to preserve the garden produce using traditional 19th-century methods.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N, Canal Winchester

Music Bash: The Muleskinners, 6 to 8 p.m. July 27 at the Buzzards Roost Picnic Area. The Muleskinners will perform for another bluegrass night. Seating will be available at picnic tables, but guests can bring folding chairs.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Creeking and Campfire, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the Confluence Trails Area. Guests can take a half-mile walk to the creek to search for critters then roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a campfire.

Greenways Bike Tour 2018, 9 a.m. July 28 at the Confluence Trails Area. The third annual Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Bike Tour will feature guided rides of 10 or 16 miles.

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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