There’s always something to do in your Metro Parks!

Whatever the season, there’s something exciting to do at Metro Parks. From winter hikes under twinkling lights to summer movies in the park, everyone can join in the adventure. Our inclusive events and programs let you connect with nature, learn about the local wildlife, and find an engaging activity for you and your family.

Want to host your own race, community or sporting event at Metro Parks? You will need a Special Event permit to do so. Click here to complete a Special Event Application.

Ready to start exploring? View our Events calendar below to see the most up-to-date offerings at all our parks. Click on each event to learn more, including time, description, and age range, or search by a specific topic or park. Take a refreshing hike on one of our trails, participate in an outdoor adventure program, or check out what else we have to offer!

Great Backyard Bird Count

Blendon Woods

4265 E Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, United States

Learn how easy it is to participate in citizen science! We will count birds at our window and talk about how you can get involved. Drop by 930-1030.

Event Series
Inniswood Quilt Show

Inniswood Quilt Show

Innis House

940 S Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH, United States

View quilts made by the Columbus Metropolitan Quilters. Members will be available to answer questions on Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibit features quilts, wall hangings, and quilted items with a ...Read More

Targeting Love

Battelle Darby Creek

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH, United States

Adults only. Aim for a good time at this Valentine's-themed archery experience.

Frigid Fungi

Blacklick Woods

6975 East Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH, United States

Did you know some fungi can grow in the the winter? Go on a 1.5-mile hike with a naturalist to look for and learn about some winter fungi.

For Kids: Winter Sensory Hike


9466 Columbus Pike (US Rt 23 N), Lewis Center, OH, United States

Practice sensory skills while learning more about the pieces of an ecosystem during a guided hike with activities to engage our senses with nature. Dress for being outdoors for 1 ...Read More

I’m Lichen It!

Blendon Woods

4265 E Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, United States

Learn about mosses and lichens then make your own mini-habitat to take home. 6+yrs

Survival Skills! For Kids

Scioto Grove

5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH, United States

Practice and learn survival skills geared toward kids! In this section we will be learning Fire Building and Safety as well as Shelter Building techniques! You will also receive a ...Read More

Archery, Board Games, and Campfires at the Golf Course

Blacklick Woods Golf Course

7309 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH, United States

Enjoy a Try it! Archery program while getting the chance to play some board games in the Pro Shop, and enjoy a s'more around the campfire at Blacklick Woods Golf ...Read More

Twilight Skunk Cabbage Search

Spring Hollow at Sharon Woods

1069 W Main St, Westerville, OH, United States

Venture off-trail into the swampy woods in search of this smelly wildflower. Terrain will be uneven and wet. Meet at Spring Hollow Lodge (1069 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081)- ...Read More

Microscope Exploration

Battelle Darby Creek

1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH, United States

Use microscopes to investigate the smallest creatures living in our vernal pools. Ages 8+.

Snow Moon Hike

Blacklick Woods

6975 East Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH, United States

Celebrate the February full moon on this 2-mile hike. Leashed pets are welcome on this hike.

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Leave No Trace in your Metro Parks

MACY TALLARICO Outdoor Adventure Programmer Our beautiful Metro Parks are home to gorgeous land, picturesque scenes, and many different species of wildlife. While we all love to enjoy our Metro …Read More

Wetland Winter Wonderland

LOGAN DUNN Assistant Resource Manager If you’ve ever walked around a wetland during the winter, you might have discovered the wonders of an ice-covered pool, and tried to imagine what …Read More

So, What’s an Outdoor Adventure Programmer’s Favorite Program?

CAROLINE WAGNER-FREY Outdoor Adventure Supervisor Metro Parks employees often get asked what their favorite park, trail, or native flora and fauna are. As Outdoor Adventure programmers we will get asked …Read More

An Introduction to Rucking

TRAVIS CAMPBELL Outdoor Adventure Programmer Walking on Challenge Mode A blend of cardio and strength training, the activity of rucking is quickly gaining popularity within the fitness community. But what …Read More

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