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, Galloway

Preschoolers: Creek Adventures, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Wade in the creek and discover who lives there.

Last Kid in the Woods: Creek trudge, 1 p.m. Saturday at the naturalist's office. Experience the sand, mud, muck and lingering aroma of decay while wading in the creek.

Bats, 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the naturalist's office. Use a bat detector and learn about this flying mammal.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Song and Story Campfire, 8 p.m. Friday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Enjoy silly animal songs and tall tales.

Mad Nature Scientists, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center parking lot. Learn why the water strider does not sink, how clouds form and the answers to other natural science stuff by doing and seeing simple experiments.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 State Route 161 E., Westerville

Nature Station Fun, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Station. View walk-through displays of natural history objects and play nature games.

Ramble Around the Lake, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Hike a mile-and-a-half off-trail and look for the earliest waterfowl migrators.

Preschoolers: Busy as Beavers, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center. Touch a beaver pelt and examine and beaver skull while learning why beavers chop down trees and dam rivers.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N.,

Lewis Center

Campfire Sing-Along, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Oak Groves Picnic Area. Toast marshmallows and share a song around the campfire. Bring seating and food to grill.

Amphibians on the Move, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 Hempstead Road,


Summer Plant Showcase, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday in the program tent. Purchase plants directly from local nurseries, tour the gardens and meet experts who can answer your gardening questions.

Summer Children's Program: Herbs, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the program area, for ages 11 and younger. Identify herbs by using all five senses and learn about their many uses.

Pickerington Ponds

Metro Park

7680 Wright Road,

Canal Winchester

Morning Bike Ride, 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Take a 10-mile ride along the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail.

Dazzling Dragonflies, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Catch and release dragonflies and damselflies and learn more about them on a one-mile walk.

Preschoolers: Creepy Crawlies, 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Learn about insects, spiders and other tiny creatures.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

Fireflies, 9 p.m. Friday at the Prairie View Picnic Area. Learn about the lives of these glowing bugs and try to communicate with them on a short walk.

Late-Night Fishing, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday at Darby Bend Lakes (2755 Amity Road) and Beaver Lake (8921 Lucas Road). Fish the lakes at night.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave.,


Lunchtime Chat: Prairies in Ohio?, noon Thursday at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville. Take in a presentation about Metro Parks' prairie restoration efforts and visit and prairie plot in bloom.

Slate Run Metro Park

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Water, Water Everywhere, 11 a.m. Saturday at Slate Run Wetlands. Take a 1.5-mile walk around the wetlands to look for wood ducks, bullfrogs and other animals that need the water to survive the hot summer.

Spider Search, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Look for spiders in the fields and make a web pin craft to take home.

Butterfly Hike, 2 p.m. Sunday at Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Use nets to catch butterflies and learn how to identify them on a short walk.

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Alphabet Walk, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Explore the farm while learning 26 facts about tools, animals and life in the 1880s.

Riddle Me These, Please!, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily starting Tuesday, Aug. 3. Pick up a list of riddles and the farmhouse that will have you thinking your way around the farm.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Family Ride Night, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays this summer at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Take a slow-paced bike ride with a park ranger.

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.