Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Aug. 29 through Sept. 5.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Stream-Quality Monitoring, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Indian Ridge. Guests can wade into the river to explore stream life and determine stream health.

Preschoolers: Butterflies, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Nature Center. Preschoolers can discover the different life stages of butterflies through stories, songs and crafts.

Feed the Stream, 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Nature Center. Guests can feed worms, crickets and minnows to fish in the river.

Family Creeking Adventure, 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Ranger Station. Guests can catch fish, bugs and crawdads in Big Darby Creek.

Bug Out, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can explore and catch insects.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Tots on the Trails, 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Nature Center. Children ages 1-4 can take a slow-paced half-mile walk with a caregiver and discover nature.

Mud Run Walk, 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Nature Center. Guests can join a naturalist for an off-trail walk to follow the mud course through fields of wildflowers and creeks.

Monarch Mania, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 2-mile walk to search the fields for migrating butterflies and late caterpillars.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Toddlers in Nature: Vulture View, 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at the Nature Center. Toddlers ages 1-3 can learn about nature through literacy, sensory development and motor skills in this format that includes a story, an activity and a walk.

Monarch Days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Nature Center. Visitors can celebrate butterflies through games, crafts, activities and a puppet show.

Monarch Monday, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about monarch butterflies and help tag and release them.

Toddlers in Nature: Little Owl's Night, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 5 at the Nature Center. Children ages 1-3 can learn about nature through literacy, sensory development and motor skills through this format that includes a story, an activity and a walk.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N, Lewis Center

For Families: Tram Ride, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Families can take a ride through the park and look for signs of wildlife.

For Families: Go Creeking, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Visitors ages 3 and older can explore the Olentangy River for animals.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Campfire and S'mores, 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Nature Center. Guests can make s'mores around the campfire or bring their own food to cook.

Labor Day Scavenger Hunt, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can look for hidden items in the park and win a prize.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Sunny Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Herb Garden. Guests can talk with members of the Herb Society of America.

Preschool in the Gardens: Sunflower Days, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 4 at the Education Pavilion. Children ages 3-5 can learn about learn about sunflowers through stories and crafts.

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

Preschoolers: Creek Adventure, 9:30 and 11 a.m. as well as 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at Spring Hollow. Preschoolers can explore Spring Creek.

Labor Day Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Naturalist Office. Guests can look for hidden items in the park and win a prize.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Preschoolers at the Farm: Nursery Rhymes, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 29 at the Farmhouse. Preschoolers can learn about farm life and animals through traditional rhymes.

All in a Day's Work, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 at the Farmhouse. Guests can view a display about 19th century occupations and the history of Labor Day.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Creeking and Campfire, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Confluence Area. Guests can take a half-mile walk to the creek to look for creatures then roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire.

Barking and Breakfast, 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 2 at the Confluence Area. Guests and dogs and enjoy breakfast snacks then take a 2.5-mile walk.

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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