Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is located at 1775 Darby Creek Dr. in Galloway, four miles off Route 40 just east of West Jefferson. Here is a list of events for January.
•What a Hoot, Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. – Try to lure in owls for a closer view while on a two-mile hike. Meet at Indian Ridge Bulletin Board.
•Preschoolers: Bear Necessities, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. – Bring your teddy bears and learn about these furry mammals through storytelling, songs and a craft. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.
•Photo Nuts Photography Club, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. – Learn tips and techniques for ice and snow photography. All levels of shutterbugs are welcome. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.
•Off-Trail Adventure, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. – Lace up your boots and explore an area off the beaten path. Meet at Indian Ridge Bulletin Board.
•Trees Without Leaves, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. – Walk the Darby trails to learn tips for identifying trees by their bark, buds and branches. Meet at the Naturalist Office.
•Snow Tales, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. – Find out how animals survive winter as you look for their prints in the snow on a two-mile hike. Meet at the Naturalist Office.
•Howl at the Moon, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. – Bring your canine companion on a two-mile hike along Darby’s pet trail. Meet at Pet Trail Parking Lot, 2914 Georgesville-Wrightsville Road.
•Baby Bear Full Moon Hike, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. – Join in for a four-mile moonlit hike through the winter woods. Meet at the Naturalist Office.
•Preschoolers: Bear Necessities, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. – Bring your teddy bears and learn about these furry mammals through storytelling, songs and a craft. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.
•Family Special: Movie Night, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. – Come to the lodge for popcorn and a nature movie to chase away the winter blues. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.
•Fireside Stories, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. – Enjoy a hot beverage and a folk story as you gather around the fireplace. Meet at Cedar Ridge Lodge.
For more information about the park or its programs, call 895-6365 or log onto www.metroparks.net.