Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Oct. 31 through Nov. 7

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

National Bison Day, 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can celebrate the bison through crafts, games and snacks and meet the herd on a short walk.

Adults Only: Early Morning Coffee and Birds, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Nature Center. Guests ages 18 and older can have coffee and watch birds.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

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

Nature Print Contest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can view entries and winners from the 2019 Nature Photo Contest.

Woof Walk, 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 2-mile walk with their dog.

Story Time, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Nature Center. Children ages 1-5 can learn about nature through stories and activities.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Halloween Lantern Hike, 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Nature Center. VIsitors of all ages can take a lantern-lit stroll through the woods.

Toddlers in Nature: The Ugly Pumpkin, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 31 at the Nature Center. Toddlers ages 1-3 are invited for a story, activity and walk.

First Friday Storytime, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Nature Center. Children ages 2-6 can listen to stories about nature.

Hike Around the Lake, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 2-mile hike to explore the meadows behind Thoreau Lake.

Morning Birds, 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Nature Center. Guests can visit Thoreau Lake and see the wintering waterfowl.

Native American Soup, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about some ingredients Native Americans may have used in food preparations and sample some hot soup.

Nature Print Contest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Nature Center. Guests can view entries and winners from the 2019 Nature Photo Contest.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N, Lewis Center

For Kids: Nature Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3 and older can participate in a scavenger hunt and win a small prize.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Young Explorers: Fall Leaves, 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Pavilion. Children ages 4-12 can take a short hike to collect leaves for a craft.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Afternoon Garden Walk, 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Gardens Entrance. Guests can take a guided stroll through the gardens.

Metro Five-0 Level 1: Common Feeder Birds, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Innis House. Guests ages 50 and older can learn how to identify some common birds.

Preschool in the Gardens: Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Greenhouse Multipurpose Center. Children ages 3-5 can learn about fall foods and make harvest decorations to take home.

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: Halloween Open House Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Spring Hollow. Children ages 3-5 can wear a costume and participate in games, crafts and other activities.

Happy Tails-N-Trails, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests can take a 2-mile hike with their dog.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

A Stitch In Time, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Farmhouse. Guests can use the treadle sewing machine.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Make A Hiking Stick, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Confluence Area. Visitors can make a hiking stick.

Campfire Cooking with Two Hungry Naturalists, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Confluence Area. Experts will demonstrate campfire cooking.

Preschoolers: Hibernation Time, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Confluence Area. Children ages 3-5 can listen to stories about how wild animals stay warm in winter.

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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