Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Oct. 18-25.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Nature Print Contest, 9 a.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at the Nature Center. Guests can view contest entries and cast a vote for the People's Choice Award.

Spooky Spiders, 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about these eight-legged creatures and see how many they can find on a short walk.

Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Ranger Station. Guests can take a moonlit, 4-mile hike through field and forests.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Nature Babies, 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2 and younger can hear stories about nature, learn some nature signs in American Sign Language and practice signing.

70th Birthday Bash, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Meadows Picnic Area. Guests can celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the first Metro Park with activities for children and adults.

Homeschoolers: Decomposers, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Children ages 6-12 can learn about decomposition through an interactive activity.

Tots on the Trail: Stomp and Crunch, 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Nature Center. Children ages 4 and younger can explore fall colors on a slow-paced 0.5-mile walk.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville

Homeschool: Fall Color Tram Ride, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Nature Center. Guests can discover the changes autumn brings.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

For Kids: GPS Critter Hunt and S'mores, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Shelter House. Children ages 6-15 can use GPS units to locate critters hidden in the park and roast s'mores.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

For Families: Lantern Stroll, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Nature Center. Guests can carry lanterns to light the way on a 1-mile hike on the Dripping Rock Trail.

Wildlife, 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn how animals survive winter in the wild from Ohio Wildlife Center staff.

Howl at the Moon, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Nature Center. Guests can bring a canine friend for a 3.5-mile hike.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Nature Center. Guests can enjoy activities, stargazing and a campfire.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

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

Evening Garden Walk, 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests can take a guided stroll through the gardens.

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.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Creature Feature: Nighttime Critters, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Guests can take a 1-mile hike and learn about the park's nocturnal inhabitants.

Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests ages 18 and older can take a fast-paced 2.8-mile hike.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Waste Not, Want Not, 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Farmhouse. Guests can compare recycling now with an 1880s family's necessary reuse of many farm and household items.

Homeschoolers at the Farm: Taking Care of Business, 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Farmhouse. Students can learn about the history of agriculture and some of the skills needed to be successful operating an 1880s family farm as a business.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Halloween Family Fun Night, 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Confluence Area. Guests are invited for not-too-scary stories, s'mores at the campfire and trunk-or-treating for candy. Costumes are encouraged.

Last Leaves Tree ID Walk, 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Confluence Area. Guests can learn to identify trees from their leaves, bark and seeds on an easy 1-mile walk.

Homeschoolers: In the Fall Forest, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Confluence Area. Students ages 6-17 can walk through the forest and discover the ways plants and animals get ready for winter.

No School Today: Nature Hike, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Confluence Area. Guests can take a 1.5-mile hike through the forest and by the 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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