Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for April 4-11.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Composting Display, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6-20 at the Nature Center. Guests can view an interactive display and learn how to help the environment by composting at home.

Bison, 6 p.m. April 6 at the Nature Center. Guests can take part in a 1-mile hike while learning about this 2,000 pound animal.

Preschoolers: Trash to Treasure, 9:30 and 11 a.m. April 9 at the Nature Center. Children can learn how to use composting to turn everyday scraps into gardening gold.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Family-Friendly Lantern Hike, 9 p.m. April 5 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 1.5-mile lantern-lit hike through the forest.

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 to 10 a.m. April 6 at the Nature Center. Visitors can view animals through the Nature Center windows and drink a cup of coffee.

Nature School: Wildflowers, 2 p.m. April 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn tricks for identifying different types of wildflowers.

Metro Five-0: Level 1 Draw a Bird, 6 p.m. April 8 at the Nature Center. Visitors ages 50 and older can sketch some birds on Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. Materials will be provided.

Preschoolers: Hummingbirds, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 10 at the Beech Maple Lodge. Children can learn about the lives of hummingbirds through stories, activities and crafts.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

First Friday Storytime, 10 a.m. April 5 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-6 can gather to read books focused on animals and nature.

2/4/6 Fitness Hike, 9 to 11 a.m. April 6 and 6 to 8 p.m. April 9 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 14 and older can take a fast-paced hike along gravel and natural-surface trails. Participants can choose a 2-, 4- or 6-mile hike. Pace will be under 20 minutes per mile.

Wildflower Wander, 2 p.m. April 6 at Blendon Ravines, 5280 Cambria Way, Westerville. Guests can take a 1.5-mile off-trail hike in the new Blendon Ravines park property in search of spring wildflowers.

Spring Birds: Waterfowl, 9 a.m. April 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can enjoy an early morning hike to Thoreau Lake for some waterfowl watching.

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City

Kids: Go Fly a Kite, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 8 at the Glacier Ridge Energy Center at the Windmill. Guests ages 15 and younger can celebrate National Kite Month by flying kites. Participants can borrow a kite and make a kite to take home.

Metro Five-0: Level 2 Walk of the Month, 11 a.m. April 10 at the Shelter House. Visitors ages 50 and older can take a 1-mile walk to discover the sights and sounds of the season.

Highbanks Metro Park

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

Eagle Walk, 2 to 4 p.m. April 7 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 8 and older can hike 3 miles and look for bald eagles in their nests.

Preschool: Birds, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 10 and 9:30 and 11 a.m. April 11 at the Nature Center. Children can learn about feathered friends through crafts, stories and other activities.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Herb Society, 7 p.m. April 10 at the Innis House. Guests ages 18 and older can join members of the Herb Society of America, Central Ohio Unit for their public meeting and program.

Rocky Fork Metro Park

7180 Walnut St., Westerville

Metro Five-0: Level 3 Signs of Spring, 2 p.m. April 7 at the Rocky Fork Bulletin Board. Guests ages 50 and older can take a 2-mile walk while searching for signs of the season.

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, 2 p.m. April 7 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests can bring a canine companion for a 2-mile hike followed by a doggie treat.

Lunchtime Chat: Wildlife of Sri Lanka, noon April 9 at the Spring Hollow Lodge. Guests ages 18 and older can join Anna Wittmer from Wild Birds Unlimited as she talks about her travels to Sri Lanka and shares photos of reptiles, birds and mammals from her adventures. Participants can bring a lunch.

Homeschoolers: Finding Your Way, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 10 at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Students ages 6-12 can learn about different types of maps and make their own while going off-trail in the Natural Play Area.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Sheep on the Farm, 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 at the Farmhouse. Guests can watch sheep shearing, meet lambs and learn about the uses of wool.

We Do Windows, 1 to 3 p.m. April 7 at the Farmhouse. Guests can roll up their sleeves and find out how farm women do spring-cleaning without electricity or other modern aids.

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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