Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for March 14-21.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. March 20 at the Ranger Station. Guests will take a brisk, moonlit 4-mile hike through fields and forests.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Buzz About Buzzards, 2 p.m. March 15 at the Nature Center. Turkey vultures are back. Guests can learn what the Buzzard Day buzz is about.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt, noon to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests can search for green things hidden in the park.

Homeschoolers: Pond Life, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 18 at the Nature Center. Children ages 6-12 can learn about pond ecology and the life cycles of some of the organisms in the pond.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Tree Myths, 10 a.m. March 16 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about the myths of old on a 2-mile hike.

Coffee and Birds, 9 to 11 a.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 16 and older can enjoy a warm cup by the window as special treats are provided to hungry winter residents and early migrants.

Just for Kids: Cocoa and Birds, 1 to 3 p.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Visitors ages 4-15 can enjoy a warm cup by the window as special treats are provided to hungry winter residents and early migrants.

Woodcock Watch, 7 p.m. March 17 at the Natural Play Area. Guests can learn about these birds and view their mating flight.

Preschool: First Day of Spring Fling, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 20 and 21 at the Nature Center. Children can celebrate the season through activities, crafts, songs and a story.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

For Families: Salamanders, 2 p.m. March 16 at the Shelter House. Guests can take a 1-mile hike and search for these amphibians in the vernal pools.

For Adults: Vernal Pool Monitoring, 2 p.m. March 17. Guests ages 18 and older can take a 1-mile hike to the vernal pools to help collect data and look for salamanders.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

Preschoolers: Salamanders, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the secretive lives of these amphibians through crafts, stories and other activities.

Beginner Bird Series: Feeder and Winter Birds, 2 to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 10 and older can learn how to identify common feeder birds and take a short hike to look and listen for some other winter visitors.

Howl at the Moon, 6 p.m. March 17 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 3.5-mile hike with their dog.

For Kids: Wildlife Search, 10 to 11 a.m. March 20 at the Nature Center. Children ages 6-12 can search for signs of wildlife on a short hike.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Meet the Artists, 2 to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Innis House. Judi McGee and Michael K. Rayer are scheduled to attend a reception where guests can view watercolor art.

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.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Happy Tails-N-Trails, 10 a.m. March 16 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests can bring a canine companion for a 2-mile hike followed by a doggie treat.

Looking for Leprechauns, 2 to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Schrock Lake Restrooms. Guests can find all the leprechauns hidden along the trail and win a prize.

Fast-paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 8 p.m. March 19 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests ages 18 and older can take a fast-paced 2.8-mile hike along gravel, paved and natural surface trails.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Homeschoolers at the Farm: What is it?, 1 p.m. March 21 at the Farmhouse. Visitors ages 6 and older can take a look at 19th-century machines and tools and try to figure out how they work and what their purpose is.

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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