Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Aug. 30 through Sept. 6.Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Aug. 30 through Sept. 6.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Bugs, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Nature Center. Guests can discover the secrets of these creepy critters.

Labor Day Mammal Display, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can see skins, scat, skulls and skeletons.

Archery, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 8 and older can stop by anytime to learn to use a simple compound bow and shoot arrows at targets.

Bird Display, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can see mounts, eggs, nests and skulls of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl.

Cold-Blooded Critters Display, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can view a display of amphibians and reptiles.

Preschoolers: Let's Get Squirrely, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about what makes squirrels so nutty.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Storytime, 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-6 can learn about nature through stories and activities.

Labor Day Display, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 1-3. Guests can see a display about nature's hardest-working animals.

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 1. Guests can view animals through the nature center windows and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Insect Chorus Walk, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 1. Guests can take a 1.5-mile walk to listen to the loud sounds of singing insects.

Family Creeking, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Guests can take a 2-mile, round-trip walk to explore Blacklick Creek.

Metro Five-0: Level 2 Fall Fungi, 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 5. Guests ages 50 and older can take a short hike to look for mushrooms and learn about fungi.

Tots on Trails, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 6. Guests can share a slow-paced half-mile walk with their toddler and discover nature together.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville

Monarch Weekend, 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 1. Guests can see butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises up close in the butterfly tent, learn about plants that attract butterflies and hike with a naturalist to find butterflies in the field. Games, activities, crafts and a puppet show will be included.

Monarch Monday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Guests can learn about the monarch butterfly, what they can do to help this insect and then assist with the release of adult butterflies from the butterfly tent.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

Preschool: I Spy Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Shelter House. Guests can use observation skills while playing games and taking a hike.

Bat Night Hike: Migration, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Shelter House. Guests can learn about the challenges bats face when it's time to migrate to their winter homes.

Walk and Woof, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5. Guests can go on a 2.5-mile hike with their dog.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

For Families: Tram Ride, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 at the Picnic Area. Guests can ride through the park as the tram runs continuously.

Patriotic Scavenger Hunt, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Guests can stop by the nature center and complete the scavenger hunt to win a small prize.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Scavenger Hunt, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 1-3. Visitors ages 3 and older can pick up a scavenger hunt sheet and search for signs for animals that live in the park. Those who find everything on the list will receive a prize.

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.

Preschool in the Gardens: Seeds on the Move, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 5. Children ages 3-5 can discover the ways seeds find new places to grow.

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.

Fall Gardening, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Tisa Watts, the Columbus garden coach, will speak on the joys of fall gardening. Guests will learn tips and tricks so gardens can look beautiful as the growing season comes to an end.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Preschoolers: Creek Adventure, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Guests can enjoy a wet-n-wild time while exploring Spring Creek.

Mud and Madness, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 1. Guests can negotiate several muddy obstacles on a 1.5-mile family adventure.

Creature Feature: Bats, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Guests can take a short stroll to look for and learn about these night-flying mammals.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Preschoolers at the Farm: Nursery Rhymes, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Farmhouse. Guests can learn about farm life and animals through traditional rhymes.

All in a Day's Work, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3. Guests can see a display about 19th century occupations and the history of Labor Day.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Stories by the Campfire, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1. Guests can toast marshmallows over the fire then listen to stories from around the world.

Barking and Breakfast, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2. Guests can enjoy breakfast snacks with their dog then take a 2.5-mile walk.

Catch a Bug, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2. Guests can grab a net to catch some six-legged critters then learn to identify them.

Fishing Around the Pond, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 3 at Heron Pond. Guests can cast a line and try to catch some fish. Poles and bait provided.

Preschoolers: Bug Adventure, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 6. Guests can learn about the world of insects and spiders through stories and activities.

Homeschoolers: Exploring Insects, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Students ages 6-17 can catch and release six-legged critters while discovering their role in the world.

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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