Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Dec. 13-20.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Night Life in the Stream, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Nature Center. Guests can see what animals awaken after dark in the 53-foot living stream.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Holiday Symbols Display, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about plants and animals associated with the holidays.

Botanical Beverages, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Nature Center. Guests can warm up with some beverages made from plants found in the park.

Owls of Harry Potter, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Visitors can learn about owls in Ohio and in the Harry Potter universe.

Metro Five-0: Level 1 Look for an Evergreen, 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Guests ages 50 and older can take a half-mile walk to search for conifers on National Look for an Evergreen Day.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville

Photo Prowl: Waterfowl, 9 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Nature Center. Guests can visit Thoreau Lake to photograph the waterfowl.

2/4/6 Fitness Hike, 9 a.m. Dec. 15 and 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 14 and older can take a fast-paced hike along gravel and natural surface trails. Two-, 4- or 6-mile hikes will be offered. Pace will be under 20 minutes a mile.

118th annual Christmas Bird Count, 7 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Nature Center. Guests can help the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Holiday Crafternoon, 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Nature Center. Visitors can drop by and make a craft to brighten an afternoon.

Preschoolers: Hibernation, 9:30 and 11 a.m. as well as 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Nature Center. Guests can come dressed in their pajamas and learn about animals that take a long winter's nap.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

Preschoolers: Darling Deer, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about Ohio's state mammal through crafts, games and stories.

Metro Five-0: Level 1 Indoor Bird Watching, 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 50 and older can learn about Ohio's wintering birds and look for some from the comfort of the Nature Center.

Christmas Bird Count, 9 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Nature Center. Visitors ages 5 and older can search for birds as part of the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Storytime: Bears, 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-6 can enjoy songs and stories about this winter hibernator.

Howl at the Moon, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Nature Center. Guests can bring a canine friend for a 3.5-mile hike.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Babies: It's Cold Outside, 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Nature Center. Children ages 4 and younger can enjoy some indoor winter sensory activities and nature-themed play.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Christmas Bird Count, 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Innis House. Guests can search for birds and help collect data for the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. A warm drink will be provided.

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 little ones for a nature-inspired story or two.

Weekly Bird Hikes, 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

Happy Tails-N-Trails, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests can bring their canine companion for a 2-mile hike, followed by a doggie treat.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Homeschoolers at the Farm: A Gingerbread Journey, 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Farmhouse. Students can follow the trail of gingerbread through cultures and time to learn how it became a holiday favorite.

Family Storytime: Keeping Warm, 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Farmhouse. Guests can enjoy a story and activity that show how a farm family kept warm in the winter.

A Christmas Evening, 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Farmhouse. Guests can make decorations, string popcorn and enjoy other seasonal 1880s activities on a lamplit evening.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Preschoolers: Animal Stories, 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Guests can bring their favorite stuffed animal and listen to stories about wildlife.

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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