Metro parks programs

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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, Galloway

• Wetland Bird Hike, 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at the naturalist office. Look for birds around the wetlands.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg

2009 Bird List Hike, 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Nature Center. Search for the first birds of the year on a 1.5-mile, off-trail hike.

• 36th Annual Winter Hike Series, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Big Meadows Picnic Area. Take a two- or four-mile hike through woods and meadows, followed by hot beverages and a snack.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 State Route 161 E., Westerville

Coyote Howl

Geology Rocks, 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 3 at the Nature Center. Search the rocks for signs of ancient hurricanes on a half-mile hike.

Waterfowl Identification, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Nature Center. Learn to identify dabbling and diving ducks.

• Preschoolers: Tracks and Quacks, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the Nature Center. Learn to read animal tracks and the stories they tell.

• Christmas Bird Count

• Outdoor Skills: Winter Survival, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the maintenance shop. Learn techniques to survive the winter cold.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 U.S. 23 N., Lewis Center

• Morning Bird Hike, 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Nature Center. Search for birds on a slow-paced two-mile hike.

• New Year's Green Resolutions, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Innis House. Learn what you can do to help protect the planet.

Stroller Stroll: Animal Tracks, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the garden entrance. Walk along the Spring Run Trail and search for tracks and other animal signs.

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester

• Harrier Hike, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan.3, at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Take a two-mile hike through the grasslands to look for northern harriers and other birds.

Afternoon Bird Hike, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Take a relaxing short walk and look for birds.

• Howl at the New Moon, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. Bring your dog along for this two-mile walk.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson

Winter Wandering, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Whispering Oaks Picnic Area. Hike off-trail through the prairie and wetlands in search of wildlife.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Nature Bingo, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., for ages 6-12. Play a game of outdoor bingo and take a short walk, weather permitting.

• Pioneer Toys, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at the naturalist office. Test your skills with some old-fashioned toys.

• Senior Exclusive: Coping with Winter, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St. Find out how to save money and still stay warm.

Winter Break, 10 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 30 at the Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport. Celebrate nature with stories, games and crafts

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.