Highbanks Metro Park invites kids aged 4 to 10 for an enjoyable wildlife exploration event.
On Sunday, Nov 19, at 3:00 PM, the Nature Center at Highbanks will transform into a young explorer’s paradise. The event promises a journey through lush forests in search of wildlife signs, accompanied by a knowledgeable naturalist. This is not just a walk in the park; it’s an opportunity for kids to immerse themselves in nature and learn about the fascinating survival strategies of wildlife.
The adventure begins with a quarter-mile hike on the park’s crushed limestone trails, ideal for little legs and curious minds. The trails meander through the park’s diverse habitats, offering chances to spot signs of wildlife. But the excitement doesn’t end there. The event features an off-trail game in the woods, providing a hands-on experience in nature exploration. It’s a perfect blend of education and entertainment, encouraging children to engage with the environment actively.
Highbanks Nature Center, the event’s meeting point, is conveniently located right after entering the park. While parking is available at the Nature Center, it’s limited, especially on busy days. However, additional parking is at the Oak Coves Picnic Area, a mere 10-minute walk from the Nature Center. Attendees are advised to follow the paved trail through Oak Coves to reach the event venue.
Highbanks Metro Park is a portal to history and natural beauty. The park’s name comes from its high banks along the Olentangy River, a distinctive feature offering stunning views. Spanning both Columbus and Franklin County, with parts in Delaware County, Highbanks boasts ten trails, picnic areas, a nature center, and a sledding hill. But perhaps its most intriguing aspect is the ancient burial mounds and earthworks, remnants of the indigenous Adena culture, offering a glimpse into the area’s rich historical tapestry.