Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for April 27 through May 4.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
Preschoolers: Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 27 at the nature center. Preschoolers will discover the different types of animals that come from eggs through story, song and craft.
Birding at its Best, 8 a.m. April 28 at the nature center. Guests will enjoy a morning chorus of warblers, finches, orioles and other birds.
Ornithology 101: Analyzing Sound, 10:30 a.m. April 29 at the nature center. The curator of the Ohio State University Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics will explore animal sounds. Guests will learn how sound is recorded and analyze bird sounds using software.
Spring Wildflowers, 1 p.m. April 29 at the Ranger Station. Guests will discover trillium, trout lilies, Dutchman's breeches and other wildflowers on a 2-mile hike.
Kentucky Darby Day, 1 to 4 p.m. April 30 at the nature center. Guests will explore the history between the Kentucky Derby and the Darby Creek area, and are encouraged to wear a hat, enjoy a mocktail and check out some horse-racing memorabilia.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Sunday in the Swamp, 1 to 3 p.m. April 30 at the nature center. Guests will scoop up slimy swimmers in the buttonbush swamp.
Metro Five-0: Level 1 Nature Tram, 2 p.m. May 2 at the Ash Grove Picnic Center. Ages 50 and older will take a tram ride through the park.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville
Wildflower Walk, 10 a.m. April 29 at the nature center. Guests will enjoy a 2-mile walk to see wildflowers.
Signs of Spring, 1 p.m. April 29 at the natural play area at Cherry Ridge. Guests will search for plants and animals waking up from winter on an off-trail hike.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
Kids: Fairy Tea Party and Hike, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 4 at the Picnic Shelter. Ages 3-7 will dress up as their favorite fairy and enjoy a story, tea party and find hidden treasures in the woods.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center
Metro Five-0: Level 1 Bees, 11 a.m. May 1 at the nature center. Ages 50 and older will learn about bees and how to take care of the Highbanks beehive.
4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard
Wildlife Night Hike, 8:30 p.m. April 29 at the Barn. Guests will take a 1-mile hike and search for nocturnal animals.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville
Children's Garden Day: Strawberry Garden Party, 2 to 4 p.m. April 30 at the Sisters' Garden. Guests will learn how to grow, harvest and utilize strawberries for their family and participate in family-friendly gardening activities including crafts, food preparation and planting.
Wildflower Walk, 10 a.m. May 1 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests will identify and discuss some common wildflowers on a walk with an educator.
7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester
A Tale of Two Birds, 10 a.m. April 29 at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Guests will see osprey and great-blue herons at their nests and learn how these fish-eating birds survive.
Rocky Fork Metro Park
7180 Walnut St., Westerville
Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. April 30 at the Milestone Picnic Area Bulletin Board. Guests will enjoy a 2-mile walk to see wildflowers.
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 or two.
Birdwatching for Beginners, 10 a.m. Saturdays. Guests will learn how to use binoculars to search for birds.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
Eggs, Feathers and Fowl, 1 to 3 p.m. April 29. The farm staff will butcher chickens, show how eggs were preserved before refrigeration and answer questions about keeping small flocks at home.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
Barking and Breakfast, 9 a.m. April 30 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Guests and their dogs will enjoy breakfast snacks and then take a 3-mile walk.
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Bluebells and Red Maples, 2 p.m. April 30 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Ages 50 and older will enjoy a 2-mile walk while learning to identify wildflowers and trees.
Homeschoolers: Beginning Birdwatching, 10 a.m. May 2 at the Confluence Trails Bulletin Board. Ages 6 and older will discover the joys of birdwatching while learning the basics of bird identification and how to use binoculars.
Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 614-891-0700 (TDD 614-895-6240) to schedule these services.