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.
Metro 5-0 News & 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
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
Discover the leaves and seeds of common trees found in the parks and learn about their uses.
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.
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.
Discover the sights and sounds of Metro Parks.
Learn about the life history of the white-tailed deer, using pelts, antlers and other touchable objects.
Learn about mammals that live in the parks.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Learn about Ohio’s snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders.
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.