Metro parks programs for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 4
The following is a list of Metropolitan Park District of Columbus and Franklin County programs for this week.
Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive,
Preschoolers: Spiders, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Discover more about spiders through games and activities.
Treeumphant, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the naturalist's office. Identify trees and learn their uses, history and lore.
Night Hike, 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Indian Ridge bulletin board. Search for insects, bats, owls and other critters in a short hike.
Ohio Mammals Display, 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the naturalist's office. See skins, scat, skulls and skeletons of Ohio mammals.
Creek Critters Display, 1-4 p.m. Monday at the naturalist's office. Stop by to see live critters including fish, mussels, insects, reptiles and amphibians native to the Darby Watershed.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
Starry Night Campfire, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ash Grove Picnic Area. Bring snacks to cook over an open fire and listen to stories about the constellations.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 State Route 161 E.,
Monarch Tagging, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Ridge Program Area. Help net and tag monarchs for the Monarch Watch project.
Preschoolers: Merry Monarchs, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn what it's like to be a butterfly as you try out your wings playing a flower game.
Insect Songs, 9 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn about insect mating songs and listen for them on a two-mile hike.
Commit To Be Fit Healthy Hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Walk two miles with park rangers.
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
8445 Winchester Road, N.W., Carroll
Night Flyers, 8 p.m. Friday at the Springhouse Program Area. Listen for bats and insects and try to call in resident owls on a two-mile hike.
Micro Hike, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Springhouse Program Area. Come prepared to crawl and explore the world of nature's micro-wonders with magnifying lenses and other tools.
Cold-Blooded Creatures Display, 1 p.m. Monday at the Springhouse Program Area. View a display of cold-blooded creatures and learn how they are different from other animals.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road,
Wildlife Tram Ride, 7 p.m. Sunday at the bulletin board near the picnic shelter at the main park entrance. Search the fields and forest for wildlife. Bring a flashlight.
Tram Travel, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the bulletin board near the picnic shelter at the main park entrance. Enjoy the cool evening breeze on a ride through forest and fields.
Pickerington Ponds Metro Park
7680 Wright Road,
Night Sounds Walk, 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Take a two-mile walk and listen to the sounds of insects, amphibians, birds and mammals.
Ohio Wildlife Display, 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. View a display of skins, skulls and mounts to learn about wild creatures.
Footprints and Fins, 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Stop by to stamp some animals tracks and make fish prints to take home.
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
3225 Plain City-Georgesville, West Jefferson
Bats at the Bend, 7:45 p.m. Friday at Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard. Look for bats flying over lakes as they search for supper.
Labor Day Canoeing, 1-4 p.m. Monday at Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard. Take a canoe around the lakes. Children must be at least 40 inches tall to ride.
Senior Exclusive: Late Summer Stroll and Lunch, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard. Take a leisurely walk around the lake and observe the final stages of summer. Bring a lunch to eat afterward in a park shelter.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave.,
Children's Fishing, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Schrock Lake West bulletin board. Limited bait and poles will be available for those age 15 and younger who want to try their hand fishing Schrock Lake. Bring a T-shirt for printing.
Slate Run Metro Park
1375 state Route 674 N.,
Amazing Animals Display, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Meet some live animals and touch furs and skulls.
September Scavenger Hunt, 2-4 p.m. Monday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Search for nature's surprises throughout the picnic area to win a prize.
Preschoolers: Feeding Frenzy, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Shady Grove Program Area. Games and activities will help participants discover the different things that animals like to eat.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N.,
Broomcorn Harvest, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Help harvest and clean broomcorn (weather and crop permitting) and watch broom-making.
All in a Day's Work, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the farm entrance. Taste spicebush tea and find out about other wild, edible plants.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road,
Mascot Mania, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Stop by the display to learn the facts behind some of the mascots of Big Ten schools.
Creek Explorations: Final Check, 2 p.m. Monday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Use nets, buckets and scoops to take a final check of the creek before the water cools for the season.
Senior Exclusive: Let's Eat, noon Wednesday at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Bring a lunch and learn about the many edible and medicinal plants Native American and pioneers used in Ohio.
Interpreters and assistive listening devices for persons with hearing impairments are available for any program. Call 891-0700 (TDD 895-6240) to schedule these services.