Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Nov. 29 through Dec. 6.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Turkey Time, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Nature Center. Guests can discover why this bird is celebrated.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Evening Hour, 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 18 and older can visit the park for an early evening, 2-mile walk in the woods.

How to Be a Citizen Scientist, 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn how to contribute to science by using some popular sites and apps.

Homeschoolers: Nature Animals, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Children ages 6-12 can discover how animals use their "ninja skills" to escape from predators and catch prey.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville

Homeschool: Primitive Skills, 10 a.m. Nov. 29 and 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Nature Center. Guests can try their hand at making fire and cordage and other skills used by Native Americans and early settlers.

2/4/6 Fitness Hike, 9 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Nature Center. Visitors ages 14 and older can take a fast-paced hike along gravel and natural surface trails. Participants will choose a 2-, 4- or 6-mile hike, and the pace will be well under 20 minutes a mile.

Hike Thoreau Lake, 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can hike around the lake and find animals living there.

Winter Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can look for winter residents while walking trails.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

Holiday Nature Crafts for Kids, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Multi Purpose Room. Children ages 12 and younger can spend an afternoon making crafts and sipping hot chocolate.

Creature Feature: Reptiles, 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Nature Center. Guests can visit with reptiles and learn to take care of these animals.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Storytime, 10 and 11 a.m. as well as 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-8 can listen to a story and meet an animal featured in the tale.

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.

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

Conservation Connections, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Grange Insurance Audubon. A monthly speaker discusses different conservation topics. For details, email mgoldman@audubon.org.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Christmas is Coming, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Farmhouse. Guests can help decorate the farmhouse in Victorian style, string popcorn and make an ornament to decorate the tree or take home.

'Tis the Season, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Farmhouse. Guests can take a quiet stroll around the farm, string popcorn and make an ornament to take home.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Hike Along the Creek, 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Confluence Area. Guests can take a leisurely 2-mile walk along the creek in search of winter wonders.

Grapevine Wreath Making, 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Confluence Area. Guests can make decorative wreaths using items found in nature.

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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