Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for this week.

Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for this week.

Battelle-Darby Creek

Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

* Preschoolers: Ants, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Learn about these insects with a story, a short walk and a craft.

* Late Night at Pleasant Valley, Saturday at the Pleasant Valley bulletin board. The Pleasant Valley Area and pet trail will remain open until midnight for fishing, hiking and stargazing.

* Full Hot Moon Hike, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ranger Station. Take a brisk four-mile hike through fields and forest.

* Monarch Migration, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn about the monarch butterfly's life cycle and its migration to Mexico.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

* Coyote Tales Campfire, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Learn about coyotes through folk tales around the campfire.

* Howl at the Moon, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center parking lot. Take a three-mile walk with your dog.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville

* Wild Weekend: Monarchs, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Nature Center. Stop by to see caterpillars and butterflies in the Monarch mansion. Play games, do crafts and take your photo as a monarch.

* Monarch Tagging Hike, 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Use nets and jars to catch monarch butterflies, tag and release them for migration research.

* Full Moon of Monarchs, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Take a two-mile walk around Thoreau Lake to look for monarchs as the moon rises over the water.

* Gardening for Monarchs, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Discover the importance of milkweed plants to monarch butterflies and learn about other garden plants that will attract them and other butterflies.

* Homeschoolers: Bugs, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Nature Center. Discover all things buggy on a catch-and-release expedition. For ages 6-12.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

* Night Bike Ride, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the main picnic area bulletin board. Take an 8.5-mile ride through fields and forest.

* Family Sing-Along & Ice Cream, 7 p.m. Saturday at the main picnic area bulletin board. Join Joanie Calem for some sing-along songs. Bring outdoor seating.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

* Family Fun Night, 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Enjoy a campfire and explore the world of nature and night through displays, games and crafts.

* Howl at the Moon, 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Take a 3.5-mile walk with your dog.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road,

Westerville

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

* Evening Garden Walk, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Gardens entrance. Take a guided stroll through the gardens.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

* Saturday Late Night Fishing, 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Fish Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake at night.

* Preschoolers: Creek Explorers, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area. Take a half-mile walk to the creek to catch and release bugs, fish and crawdads.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus

* Late Nights at the Climbing Wall, the climbing wall will remain open until midnight Friday. Climbers must bring their own equipment. Late-night fishing is available from the dock on the Scioto River.

* Pre-K Storytime, 10 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Bring little ones for nature-themed stories and a romp in the forest playroom.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,

Westerville

* Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 8 p.m. Friday at the Apple Ridge bulletin board. Take a 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural-surface trails.

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

* Broomcorn Harvest, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Help harvest and clean broomcorn (weather and crop permitting) and watch broom making.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

* Owls by Bike, 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Take a six-mile ride with frequent stops to try to call in owls.

Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 891-0700 (TDD 895-6240) to schedule these services.