Following are Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District programs for Dec. 5-12.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway

Explore Darby Woods, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Indian Ridge. Guests can take a level 3 2-mile hike in the woods.

Owls of Darby Creek, 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Indian Ridge. Guests can lure owls with calls on a 1-mile hike.

Sunset Bison Walk, 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Nature Center. Visitors can view bisons in their winter pasture.

Preschoolers: Squirrely Squirrels, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-5 can learn about squirrels.

Full Cold Moon Hike, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Ranger Station. Guests can take a 4-mile hike through fields and forests.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch, 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can view animals through the windows and have coffee.

Preschoolers: Bear Snores On, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Beech Maple Lodge. Children ages 3-5 can learn about hibernating animals through books, activities and a craft.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, Westerville

Mammal Display, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at the Nature Center. Guests can learn about the mammals of Ohio.

Toddlers in Nature: Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter!, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Nature Center. Children ages 1-3 can listen to a story about the changing of the seasons.

First Friday Storytime, 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-7 can listen to nature-themed stories.

Photo Prowl, 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Nature Center. Guests can walk to Thoreau Lake and photograph the wintering waterfowl.

Project Feederwatch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Nature Center. Guests can help collect data about trends in winter bird distribution.

Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Nature Center. Guests can take a 1-mile hike to look for birds.

Toddlers in Nature: Time to Sleep, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Nature Center. Toddlers ages 1-3 can listen to stories about hibernating animals.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. Route 23 N, Lewis Center

Preschool: Holiday Crafts, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Nature Center. Children ages 3-5 can celebrate the holidays with stories, activities and crafts.

Homestead

4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Babies: It's Cold Outside, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at the Nature Center. Children ages 4 and younger can participate in indoor sensory activities.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville

Luminaria Workshop, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Innis House. Guests can make a luminaria out of household items. Materials provided.

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. Dec. 8 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Guests can take a 2-mile hike with their dog.

Fast-Paced Adult Full Moon Hike, 5:15 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board. Visitors ages 18 and older can take a 2.8-mile hike along paved and natural surface trails.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester

Christmas is Coming, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Farmhouse. Guests can make traditional Victorian holiday decorations.

Preschool Storytime: Keeping Warm, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Farmhouse. Children ages 3-5 can learn how families in the 1880s stayed warm and prepared for winter through stories and activities.

Adults: Preparing for Winter, 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Farmhouse. Guests ages 18 and older can have a hot beverage and learn how families in the 1880s prepared for winter.

Homeschoolers: Ready for Winter, 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Farmhouse. Children ages 6-12 can learn how families in the 1880s stayed warm and prepared for winter.

Three Creeks Park

3860 Bixby Road, Groveport

Hike Along the Creek, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Confluence Area. Visitors can take a slow-paced walk along the creek.

Calling All Kids: Build a Giant Nest, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Confluence Area. Children can build a large nest out of materials from the natural play area.

Preschoolers: Animal Stories, 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Heritage Nature Center. Children ages 3-5 can bring a stuffed animals and listen to stories about nature.

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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