Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for May 31 through June 7.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

National Prairie Day: Bird Walk, 8 a.m. June 2 at the Nature Center. Guests will celebrate National Prairie Day with a morning bird walk through the prairie. Bring binoculars and look for resident and migrating birds that make this habitat their home.

National Prairie Day: Bison, Flowers and Fun, 1 p.m. June 2 at the Nature Center. Visitors will celebrate National Prairie Day with activities at the nature center.

Feed the Stream, 2 p.m. June 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can enjoy the fish feeding frenzy as they feed them worms, crickets and minnows.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 a.m. June 2 at the Nature Center. View wildlife through the nature center windows and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Wildflower Walk, 2 p.m. June 3 at the Nature Center. Visitors will take a 2-mile walk to search for wildflowers.

Trail Tots, 10 a.m. June 5 at the Nature Center. Guests can share a slow-paced, half-mile walk with a toddler and learn about nature along the way.

Centipedes and Millipedes, 2 p.m. June 8 at the Nature Center. Learn how to find and identify these many-legged insect relatives.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Weekend Kickoff: Snakes, 1, 3 or 6 p.m. June 8 at the Nature Center. Visitors can listen to a story about snakes, meet a snake and make a snake craft to take home.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

For Families: Farm Life in the 1880s, 11 a.m. May 31 at the Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board. Guests will visit with animals from Slate Run Farm and try some activities and games from the past.

Grassland Bird Hike, 8 a.m. June 2 at the Shelter House. Participants ages 8 and older will search for birds on a 2.5-mile walk through the grasslands.

Walk and Woof, 8 p.m. June 4 at the Shelter House. Visitors ages 6 and older can take a 2.5-mile hike with a dog.

Wetland Animals, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. June 9 at the Honda Wetland Education Area. Children ages 6-12 will visit with live animals and discover animals hiding in the wetland on a short hike.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center

Storytime, 10 a.m. June 4 at the Nature Center. Visit the nature center and listen to some stories about frogs, toads and other amphibians. Age 6 and younger.

Ranger Run, 7 p.m. June 5 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Meet the ranger for a 2-mile jog on a paved path through Highbanks.

Nature Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. June 6 at the Nature Center. Visitors can stop by the nature center and pick up a wildlife scavenger hunt and win a prize.


4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Meet the Animals, 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-12 can stop by the nature center and get acquainted with reptiles and amphibians.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays through summer at Herb Garden. Members of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit will be in the Herb Garden to answer visitors' questions.

Junior Garden Volunteers, 9 to 11 a.m. June 2. Help with summer garden cleanup. Participants ages 11-17 must register in advance and have parent's permission.

Rocky Fork Metro Park

7180 Walnut St., Westerville

Rocky Fork Dog Days of Summer, 9 a.m. June 2 at the Millstone Shelter. Guests can go for a 1.5-mile walk with a dog.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus

Late Nights at the Climbing Wall, second and fourth Fridays at the Climbing Wall. The climbing wall will stay open until midnight for Late Nights at the Climbing Wall programs, which will be held through October. There will be four auto belays, but climbers must bring their own climbing harness. Late night fishing also is available from the dock on the Scioto River.

Pre-K Storytime, 10 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St. Bring little ones for a nature-inspired story or two.

Birdwatching for Beginners, 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests will learn how to use binoculars and search for birds.

Conservation Connection Series, 6:30 p.m. June 7, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Explore nature through a monthly lecture series led by various experts.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Preschoolers: All Aboard, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 31 at the Schrock Lake Picnic Area. Guests will take a tram ride and search for signs of spring.

Lunchtime Chat: Bees Please!, noon June 7 at the Maple Grove Picnic Shelter. Participants will learn some bee basics and current affairs involving this beloved insect.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Alphabet Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1-3 at the Farmhouse. Visitors can explore the farm while learning 26 facts about tools, animals and life in the 1880s.

Morning Chores, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. June 2. Participants ages 5 and older can join the farmer in feeding animals and completing other barnyard chores. Advance registration required.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

In the Creek, 1 p.m. June 2 in the Confluence Trails Area. Guests will take a short walk to the creek and search for critters using nets, buckets and other tools. Wear footwear suitable for wading in a rocky creek.

Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 614-891-0700 (TDD 895-6240) to schedule these services.

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