The sky’s the limit for seniors

Metro Parks offers a variety of activities and programs to connect seniors, 50 and older, to the natural world. Programs are designed to promote an active and healthy lifestyle but also offer opportunities for seniors who may need a bit more assistance.

Seniors can participate in programs held in various parks throughout the year. Programs range from sedentary activities or slow-paced walks to strenuous hikes on hills and uneven terrain and everything in between.

Senior groups can also schedule a special program topic based on their interests, book the tram for a guided nature tour of one of the parks or schedule an educator to conduct a program at their senior center, assisted living facility or nursing home.

All programs are free and fun, especially the Senior Camp program. Senior Camp is a half-day of fun, FREE activities for senior groups held at the Blacklick Woods’ Beech Maple Lodge. Activities include: Nature bingo, crafts, fishing, a tram ride, a nature walk and a guest speaker following lunch. Camp is usually held in spring and fall. For more information call 614.508.8060.

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Tram Programs

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

Blacklick Woods Metro Park (September 11-30) 614.861.8759
Sharon Woods Metro Park (May 22-June 3, July 17-August 5) 614.865.4507
Three Creeks Metro Park (June 5-12) 614.409.9914
Blendon Woods Metro Park (June 19-28, October 23-28) 614.895.6221
Glacier Ridge Metro Park (August 7-19) 614.971.5211
Highbanks Metro Park (August 21-September 2) 614.846.9962

Photo: Karen Ricker

How do I know how difficult a program is?

Programs are rated by difficulty level, 1-4 with one being the easiet and four being the most strenuous.


Fully accessible. Stationary and/or move at own pace


Less than one mile, mostly flat, may include unpaved or uneven terrain, slow pace


Up to 2 miles, some hills or uneven terrain and/or moderate pace


More than 2 miles. Hills and/or uneven terrain. Strenuous pace

Program Descriptions

Free Programs & Activities for Seniors

Metro Parks’ outreach group offers a variety of 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. You can bring your group to one of our parks or we can bring a program to your group’s facility. Most programs can be adapted to indoor or outdoor settings. To schedule one of our current programs, call 614.508.8060

Cheryl Blair, photographer, 6389 Pinehurst Pointe, Westerville OH 43082  (Tel 614.882.4428). Educator Colleen Sharkey hosts a presentation at Innis House for a Metro Five-0 Gardening for Birds program. March 19, 2016.
Photo: Cheryl Blair

Amazing Trees

Discover the leaves and seeds of common trees found in the parks and learn about their uses.

Animal Homes

See different types of homes that birds, insects and mammals use and how they build their abodes.


Learn how to use a bow and arrow.

Artifacts of the Past

See and touch tools and implements used in the 1880s as you take a journey back in time.

Backyard Birds

Learn about birds with sound recordings and a slide show, and how you can attract more birds to your yard.

Bees, Butterflies & Beyond

Explore the world of Ohio’s 6- legged creatures.

Birds of Prey

Discover how Ohio’s owls and hawks use their beaks, feet, eyes and feathers to hunt and survive.


Catch and release fish. Bait and poles provided.

Nature Discovery

Discover the sights and sounds of Metro Parks.

Oh Deer

Learn about the life history of the white-tailed deer, using pelts, antlers and other touchable objects.

Ohio Mammals

Learn about mammals that live in the parks.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Learn about Ohio’s snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders.

Rock On!

Learn about rocks, minerals and fossils.


Enjoy the seasonal beauty of spring, summer or fall on a walk along a trail. This program can also be experienced indoors through a slide show.

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!