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: Talking Trash, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Nature Center. Take an imaginary journey as trash moving from a house to a landfill and discover some of the choices that can be made along the way.

Weed 'Em and Eat, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Nature Center. Discover how to identify edible backyard plants and prepare dishes with them.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Off-Trail Walk in the Creek, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Nature Center. Take a tram ride to the creek, hike off-trail and wade up-stream.

Sunday in the Swamp, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Nature Center. Scoop up slimy swimmers from the buttonbush swamp.

Preschoolers: Riding and Wading, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Nature Center. Take the tram to Blacklick Creek and wade in the stream.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville

Bird Hike, 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Nature Center. Search the woods for migrating songbirds like warblers, vireos and tanagers. Naturalists will guide separate beginner and intermediate/advanced groups, so all birders are welcome. Binoculars available.

Clear Creek Metro Park

185 Clear Creek Road, Rockbridge

Homeschoolers: What Makes a Bird, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Barnebey-Hambleton Picnic Area. Learn about birds by exploring anatomy, feathers and nests. Practice using binoculars and look for birds on the trails. For ages 6-12.

Metro Five-0: Level 3 -- Birding By Ear, 9 a.m. Friday, April 29, at the Barnebey-Hambleton Picnic Area. Listen and watch for birds on the trails and learn some bird songs. Bring a lunch. For ages 50 and older.

Early Risers, 5:45 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Mathias Log Cabin. Look and listen for turkeys, owls and whippoorwills while waiting for the morning songbird chorus. Coffee provided.

Birding for Beginners, 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Barnebey-Hambleton Picnic Area. Learn the basics of birding and see how many species can be found on the trails.

Winged Wonders, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Barnebey-Hambleton Picnic Area. Explore the world of bird flight by examining wings, feathers and live birds.

Advanced Birding, 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Creekside Meadows parking lot. Join John Watts, Metro Parks resource manager, to look for spring migrants.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

Warbler Walk, 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Nature Center. Take a 1-mile hike in search of colorful spring migrants.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road, Westerville

Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the gardens entrance. A broad selection of perennial plants, annuals and herbs will be on sale. Sponsored by Inniswood Volunteers Inc. and the Herb Society of America's Central Ohio Unit.

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 children for a nature-inspired story.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

May Baskets, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. Celebrate May Day in a traditional fashion by making a simple cardboard basket.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Fishing at Heron Pond, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Heron Pond. Learn the basics of fishing and then cast a line. Poles and bait are available. For ages 5-15.

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.