Metro parks programs
Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway
• Preschoolers: Those First Falls, 11 a.m.-noon or 1-2 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Little ones can discover the wonders of nature.
• Graveyard Hike, 2 p.m. Sunday at the naturalist's office. Take a three-mile, off-trail hike to the prehistoric Indian and pioneer burial grounds.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park
6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg
• 60th Anniversary Celebration, 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
• Dark of the Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center. Take a two-mile hike under the moon.
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 State Route 161 E., Westerville
• Homeschoolers: Skeletons, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Nature Center. Learn how to put together a real animal skeleton.
• Kids Exploring: Skeletons, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Learn how to put together a real animal skeleton.
• Deer in a Rut, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center. Take a 1.5-mile, off-trail hike around Thoreau Lake and learn about rutting season.
• Spooky Stories, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Shadblow Reservable Area. Storytellers of Central Ohio will share hair-raising (but child-friendly) tales. Come in costume and bring a chair.
• The Nature of Halloween, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center. Learn how the animals associated with Halloween got their scary reputations.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City
• Walk and Woof, 2 p.m. Saturday at the bulletin board near the picnic shelter at the main entrance. Bring your dog along for this 2.4-mile hike through fields and forest.
• Full Moon Bike Ride, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the bulletin board near the picnic shelter at the main entrance. Listen for night sounds on an 8.5-mile bike ride.
Highbanks Metro Park
9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center
• Metro Parks Nature Print Contest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Nature Center. View entries and cast a vote for the People's Choice Award.
• Commit To Be Fit Healthy Hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Northern Reservable Shelter. Take a leisurely two-mile hike.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 Hempstead Road, Westerville
• Annual Halloween Party, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Innis House. Gather in the garden for games, crafts and stories.
• Audubon Program, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Innis House. The monthly program of Columbus Audubon.
Pickerington Ponds Metro Park
7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester
• Backcountry Wandering, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Take a two-mile on- and off-trail walk in search of migrating waterfowl and other signs of fall.
Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville
• Lots of Leaves, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter. Learn how to make a leaf collection and bring a plain T-shirt for leaf printing.
• Fall Color Stroll, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Apple Ridge bulletin board. Hike two miles through fields and forests.
• Homeschoolers: Day in the Life of a Raindrop, 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville, for ages 6-17. Learn how a drop of water becomes part of the environment through hands-on activities.
Slate Run Metro Park
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
• Fall Fest, 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Enjoy an afternoon of fall activities, including crafts, games, tram rides, snacks and a scavenger hunt.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
1375 state Route 674 N., Canal Winchester
• Pumpkins and Squash, 1-3 p.m. Saturday. See a display of pumpkins and squash and learn about the varieties and how they were used in the past.
Three Creeks Park
3860 Bixby Road, Groveport
• A Step Back in Time, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Take a stroll through Groveport Cemetery and learn about the village's history.
• Busy Beaver, 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Hike on- and off-trail to search for signs of the beaver.
• Campfire Skills, 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Confluence Trails bulletin board. Learn how to build different types of campfires and cook food that you bring along.
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.