Programs Information

Metro Parks’ naturalists and staff offer free programs and activities throughout the year for people of all ages, interests and ability levels. These programs can be searched online:

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Free education programs are offered throughout the year for children with varying interests and ability levels. Programs are designed with student academic achievement and environmental responsibility in mind. They help to reinforce Ohio’s science and social studies education standards and may be adapted for a group’s special needs or interests. We can also bring educational programs directly to your classroom or group free of charge. For more information, contact 614.891.0700, or download a Group Programs information page with contact information for the parks where school and group programs are offered, and Group Programs chart a chart of all the programs.

Students Exploring Ecosystem Dynamics (SEED) is Metro Parks’ 5th Grade Life Science Curriculum program. For more information contact: 614.891.0700

The Metro Parks Explorer program recognizes individuals age 17 and younger who attend five programs within a 12-month period. Pick up a card available at any public program to track your attendance. After completing the fifth program, you will receive a Metro Parks Explorer patch. For more information, contact 614.891.0700.

Explore nature with your kids by using our nature adventure boxes. All adults who attend our nature adventure box training programs will be given access to the locked boxes, stored at Highbanks Metro Park. For more information contact Chrissy Hoff,  hoff@metroparks.net or Jen Moore jenmoore@metroparks.net or 614.846.9962.

Details about scheduling a field trip to the Farm, please click here.

From April through October, groups may schedule a program on a Metro Parks tram. Participants will travel through a park with a naturalist and learn about the park’s natural and cultural features. For tram locations and availability please call the naturalist at the park where you’d like to schedule your program. The naturalist will have a list of available dates and times. Tram Schedule

Metro Parks offers free programs for adults, age 50 and older, that encourage people to get out into the parks. Look for these programs in the Metro Parks online searchable database. For more information call 614.508.8111

Programs are rated by difficulty level

  • LEVEL 1 Fully accessible. Stationary and/or move at own pace
  • LEVEL 2 Less than one mile, mostly flat, may include unpaved or uneven terrain, slow pace
  • LEVEL 3 Up to 2 miles, some hills or uneven terrain and/or moderate pace
  • LEVEL 4 More than 2 miles. Hills and/or uneven terrain. Strenuous pace

Metro Parks’ outreach group offers free programs for seniors, age 50 and older. Programs are typically 60-minutes long but can be adjusted to meet the needs of your group. Most programs can be adapted to indoor or outdoor settings. Difficulty levels vary. Program Details

To schedule one of our current programs, call 614.508.8060.

Scouts can participate in Metro Parks programs. Scout programs designed to meet badge requirements are offered by Metro Parks and can be searched online. Cal1 614.508.8111 for more information and to register. Scouts can register individually or as a troop.