Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Feb. 28 through March 7.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Preschoolers: Oh Deer, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about Ohio's state mammal, the white-tailed deer.

Vernal Pool Display, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2-10 at the Nature Center. Guests can see some examples of animals found in vernal pools and learn why they are important.

Tyke Hike, 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Cedar Ridge. Guests can bring their infants and toddlers out for some nature-themed developmental activities followed by a short walk.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 to 10 a.m. March 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can view animals through the Nature Center windows and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Kindness Rocks, 3 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can help spread kindness by decorating rocks and hiding them for somebody else to find.

Nature Babies, 10 to 11 a.m. March 2 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2 and younger can enjoy stories about nature and learn some nature signs in American Sign Language to practice.

Metro Five-0: Level 2 Timberdoodle Tango, 7 to 8 p.m. March 6 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 50 and older can search for the male woodcock as he performs his aerial courtship display.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

First Friday Storytime, 10 to 11 a.m. March 1 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-6 can read books focused on animals and nature.

Spring Birds, 9 to 10 a.m. March 3 at the Nature Center. Visitors can search for early spring migrants and resident species on a 1-mile hike.

After School Snacks, 4 to 5 p.m. March 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can join the naturalist in feeding ambassador animals some treats.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

Movie Matinee: Nature Cat and Vernal Pools, 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about vernal pools and watch "Nature Cat: Onward and Pondward."

Creature Feature: Amphibians, 2 to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-10 can meet amphibians and learn what makes these animals special.

Storytime: Salamanders, 10 to 10:30 a.m. March 4 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about secretive salamanders through stories and visit with animals.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Story Time, 10 to 10:45 a.m., 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m. March 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can listen to stories and meet an animal featured in the tale.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Metro Five-0: Level 2 -- Garden Bees Workshop, 2 to 3 p.m. March 3 at Innis House. Guests ages 50 and older can create a bee house for their garden while learning about the nonaggressive mason bee and their beneficial role in the landscape.

Gardening for a Greener World: Starting Seeds, 10 to 11 a.m. March 5 in the Greenhouse Multipurpose Center. Guests ages 18 and older can benefit the planet and garden while getting to know easy to germinate seeds and how to start them.

Preschool in the Garden: Sounds of the Spring, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. March 6 at Innis House. Children ages 3-5 can listen for sounds of spring and discover who is calling this time of year and practice listening the way animals do.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon. Guests can bring little ones for a nature-inspired story or two.

Weekly Bird Hike, 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Guests can search for birds in the park.

Preschool Story Time, 10 to 11 a.m. March 7 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a nature-inspired story or two.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Preschoolers: Star Light, Star Bright, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Children can make a craft, read a story and participate in other activities while learning about the night sky.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Maple Time, 1 to 3 p.m. March 2 and 3. Guests can sample this treat and learn about making maple syrup the 1880s way. A short hike to the sugar bush will leave the farm at 1 and 2 p.m. Sap collecting and boiling is weather dependent but all other activities will take place. For details, call 614-833-1880.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Eagle Watch Weekend, 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 2 at the Madison Christian Church Parking Lot, 3565 Bixby Road, Groveport. Visitors can take a 1-mile off-trail walk to see the nesting bald eagles through a spotting scope.

For Adults: Eagle Watch, 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the Madison Christian Church Parking Lot. Guests ages 18 and older can take a 1-mile off-trail walk to see the nesting bald eagles through a spotting scope.

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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