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Area Metro Parks offer variety of activities

Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil
Kaylin Babbert, Metro Parks naturalist, describes honey bees to the group assembled during the Metro Five-0 Honey Hike held Sept. 8 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

(Posted Sept. 25, 2012)

The Metro Parks system includes three parks in or near Madison County. For details about any of the following pro-grams, go to www.metroparks.net or call (614) 891-0700.

Battelle Darby Creek Park: 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway. Most programs start at the naturalists office.

Preschoolers: Beauty and the Bees. Sept. 28, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Enjoy a story and craft and discover what can be done to keep pollinators safe. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.

Late Night at the Valley. Sept. 29. The Pleasant Valley Area will be open until midnight for fishing, hiking, stargazing and pet hikes. Meet at the Pleasant Valley bulletin board, 9137 State Route 62.

Corn Full Moon Hike. Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Take a brisk four-mile hike through fields and forests. Meet at the naturalists office.

Commit to Be Fit Health Hike. Oct. 7, 1 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely two-mile hike with park rangers. Meet at the Indian Ridge Picnic Area.

Preschoolers: Those First Falls. Oct. 9, 9:30 or 11 a.m. Enjoy a romp in the leaves and discover the importance of trees. Meet at the naturalists office.

Photo Basics: Bird Migration and In-Flight Photography. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Join photo enthusiasts and discuss techniques for photography of birds perching, nesting and flying. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.

Autumn Leaves. Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Relish autumns array of colors on a two-mile hike. Meet at the naturalists office.

Metro Five-O Level 2: Wild Edibles. Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Learn about trees, nuts and wild edibles on a one-mile hike. Age 50 and older. Meet at the naturalists office.

Preschoolers: Those First Falls. Oct. 26, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Enjoy a romp in the leaves and discover the importance of trees. Meet at the naturalists office.

Nature Center Open House. Oct. 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A 53- foot living stream flows through the middle of the centers exhibits, stocked with creatures found in Big Darby Creek. Natural and cultural history exhibits will allow students of all ages to enjoy learning about the wonders of nature. The new center is located at 1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway.

Graveyard Hike. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Take a four-mile off-trail hike to prehistoric Indian and pioneer burial grounds. Meet at the naturalists office.

Hunters Full Moon Hike. Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. Take a brisk four-mile hike through fields and forests. Meet at the naturalists office.

Glacier Ridge Park: 9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City. Unless otherwise noted, programs start at the bulletin board at the picnic shelter.

Stargazing. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. See stars and constellatins through binoculars and telescopes. Meet at the windmill.

Night Bike Ride. Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Enjoy an 8.5-mile ride through fields and forest. Meet at the bulletin board at the picnic shelter, 9801 Hyland Croy Road.

Green Energy Tour. Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Learn about the parks wind turbine and solar arrays. Meet at the windmill.

Evening Horse Ride. Oct. 6, 5 p.m. Ride your horse on the bridle trail and enjoy snacks around a campfire with marshmallows and horse treats provided. Campfire starts at 6 p.m. Meet at the Hyland Croy staging area.

Metro Five-O Level 3: Sunset Forest Hike. Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a 1.5-mile hike through the forest and look for wildlife. Age 50 and older. Meet at the bulletin board at the picnic shelter.

Family Nature Hike. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Discover the signs of fall on a one-mile scavenger hunt. Meet at the bulletin board at the picnic shelter.

Walk and Woof. Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a 2.5-mile hike with your dog through fields and forest. Meet at the bulletin board at the picnic shelter.

Prairie Oaks Park: Main entrance, 3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson. Sycamore Plains Area, 2009 Amity Road, Hilliard. Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard.

Late Night Fishing. Sept. 29, 7 p.m.-midnight. Fish Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake.

Big Tree Hike. Oct. 21, 3 p.m. Learn about sycamore trees and see some giant specimens along the creek during a one-mile hike. Meet at Sycamore Plains.

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