The following is a list of Metropolitan Park District of Columbus and Franklin County programs for this week.

The following is a list of Metropolitan Park District of Columbus and Franklin County programs for this week.

Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive,


Preschoolers: Frogs, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at Cedar Ridge. Learn about amphibians and follow their life from egg to adult.

Bats, 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the naturalist's office. Use a bat detector to locate these flying mammals.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Going Batty, 9 p.m. Friday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Watch bats as they feast on insects.

Summer Wildflowers, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Discover flowers blooming in the meadows.

Oh, Gross!, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday at the Beech Maple Lodge, for ages 6-12. Examine the gross side of nature: Learn how vultures keep their cool and how snails slide around.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 state Route 161 E.,


Preschoolers: Mighty Mice, 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center. Learn all about mice through stories, songs and crafts.

Life in the Ohio Country, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Ridge Program Area. Learn about Westerville life in the early 1800s.

Hike and Eat, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Hike two miles along the Brookside and Overlook trails and cook snacks over a campfire.

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park

8445 Winchester Road, N.W., Carroll

Friday Night Fishing, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Springhouse Program Area. Children age 15 and younger can bring a pole and fish the pond. Some bait and poles available will be available.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road,

Plain City

Sun Power, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Energy Center at the windmill, for ages 6-9. Investigate the power of the sun through games and hands-on activities.

Walk and Woof, 6 p.m. Sunday at the bulletin board near the picnic shelter at the main park entrance. Bring your canine friend on a 2.5-mile hike.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N.,

Lewis Center

River Exploration, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Wade in the Olentangy River and explore this State Scenic River.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road,


Garden Adventures: Geology, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Program Tent. Explore Ohio's rocks and minerals.

Garden Adventures: Fruits and Nuts, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Program Tent. Learn why fruits and nuts are healthy for people and animals.

Pickerington Ponds

Metro Park

7680 Wright Road,

Canal Winchester

Preschoolers: Going Batty, 10 a.m. Tuesday at the park office. Discover bats through games and activities.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville, West Jefferson

Friday Night Fishing, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road. Ages 15 and younger can try to catch a fish in the lake. A limited number of poles and bait will be available.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,


Preschoolers Plus: Sock Puppets, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville, for ages 3-7. Stop by any time to make your own puppet. Bring a clean, old sock.

Bats Incredible, 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Schrock Lake west bulletin board. Take a half-mile hike in search of bats on their nightly foray for food.

Lunchtime Chat: Trees by Tram, noon Tuesday at the Apple Ridge picnic shelter. Talk about trees and take a tram ride to see them in the park.

Preschoolers: Bug-A-Boo Tram Ride, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Apple Ridge picnic shelter. Take a tram tour of the park and learn about insects.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Gone Fishing, 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area, for ages 15 and younger. Try to catch a fish in the lake. Some poles and bait wil be provided.

Twilight Tram Trek, 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Shady Grove Program Area. Enjoy a campfire and tram ride.

Turkey Vultures by Tram, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Learn about turkey vultures and other birds. The tram will run continuously between the picnic areas and farm.

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N.,

Canal Winchester

Kids' Work Day, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Pump water, do laundry and help with other chores that kids did on an 1880s farm.

From Working Farm to Living Museum, 2 p.m. Saturday. Take a 30-minute guided tour and learn about the farm's development.

Wheels on the Farm, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Play a game of "I Spy" and look for the many ways wheels are used at the farm.

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.