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.


Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Going Buggy, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Discover the world of insects through a story, short walk and craft.

Monarch Butterflies, 12 a.m. Saturday at the naturalist's office. Learn about the life cycle of this mugratory butterfly.

Storytelling Campfire, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Indian Ridge bulletin board. Hear humorous and inspirational tales from professional storytellers.

Commit To be Fit Healthy Hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Indian Ridge bulletin board. Take a leisurely two-mile hike with park rangers.

Howl at the Moon, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the pet trail parking lot, 2914 Georgesville-Wrightsville Road. Take a two-mile hike with your dog on the Wagtail Trail.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Wildflower Walk, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Discover the diversity of summer wildflowers on a two-mile hike.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 State Route 161 E., Westerville

Preschoolers: Crawly Caterpillars, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Crawl in a caterpillar race and learn how caterpillars grow up to become butterflies.

Monarch Tagging, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Station. Capture and tag monarch butterflies for a nationwide research study.

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park

8445 Winchester Road, N.W., Carroll

Summer Tree ID, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Springhouse Program Area. Learn to identify trees along the ridge on a 1.5-mile walk.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

Wetlands Birding, 8 a.m. Saturday at the Honda Wetlands Education Center. Search for waterfowl, shorebords and other feathered friends.

Grandparents and Grandkids: Riding and Roasting, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Oak Trailhead. Take a tram ride as the sun sets over the park and then share stories and songs around a campfire. S'mores provided for roasting. Bring seating.

History of the Park, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Red Oak Trailhead. Take a tram ride and discover Glacier Ridge's hidden past.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

Family Night Hike, 8 p.m. Friday at the Nature Center. Explore your senses and learn how nocturnal animals have adapted to the night on a one-mile hike.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

Wag! Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road. A day for dogs, including activities and treats for the whole family.

Late Night Fishing, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake. The park will stay open for late night fishing.

Preschoolers: B is for Buckeye, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area. Learn fun facts about Ohio's state tree and then find some in the park.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,


Preschoolers: Prairie Exploration, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Schrock Lake Picnic Shelter. Explore the prairie and see what creatures live in the tall grass.

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Colors, Shapes and Numbers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, for ages 3-12. Follow a trail through the barnyard while discovering shapes, colors and numbers.

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

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Tree Time, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Learn to identify trees by their leaves before they start to fall.

Preschoolers: What's In a Nut?, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Program Amphitheater. Learn about the importance of nuts.

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.