Bike group to hit Lake Hope this weekend SpokeJunkies, a local group that regularly climbs the hills in Ohio on bikes, will lead a nice spring run through the trails of Lake Hope State Park, voted a top trail by Mountain Bike Quarterly. The ride starts at noon on Saturday, April 19. Should be a fun ride -- a good start up for the season and an upcoming ride at The Wilds on May 3. [Biking info] [Lake Hope review] [The Wilds review]

May programs invite locals to Metro Parks Columbus Metro Parks continues its strong tradition of nature education and fun outdoor activities next month. This is another way to work out those unsightly bed sores and emerge from hibernation completely refreshed! A searchable schedule can be found here, and you can see highlights at three of my favorite parks after the jump...

Bike group to hit Lake Hope this weekend SpokeJunkies, a local group that regularly climbs the hills in Ohio on bikes, will lead a nice spring run through the trails of Lake Hope State Park, voted a top trail by Mountain Bike Quarterly. The ride starts at noon on Saturday, April 19. Should be a fun ride -- a good start up for the season and an upcoming ride at The Wilds on May 3. [Biking info] [Lake Hope review] [The Wilds review]

May programs invite locals to Metro Parks Columbus Metro Parks continues its strong tradition of nature education and fun outdoor activities next month. This is another way to work out those unsightly bed sores and emerge from hibernation completely refreshed! A searchable schedule can be found here, and you can see highlights at three of my favorite parks after the jump...

BATTELLE DARBY CREEK METRO PARK 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway Homepage

Birding at Its Best Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m. Ring in the spring with a chorus of birds on a 2-mile hike in the Darby Valley. Meet at Indian Ridge Bulletin Board.

Wildflower Wonders Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m. Raise your spirits and intoxicate your senses with a spectacular show of trillium, trout lilly, Dutchman's breeches and other spring wildflowers on a 2-mile hike. Meet at naturalist office.

Central Ohio Folk Festival 2008 Saturday, May 3, 15 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 14 p.m. Enjoy free concerts, jam sessions and kids activities including the instrument petting zoo. Bring your acoustical instruments and join in jams and song circles. A registration fee is required for those wishing to participate in a variety of musical workshops and to hear a concert by husband and wife old time music duo, Ann & Phil Case and also long time friends and singer/songwriters Mustard's Retreat. Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society and Metro Parks. For more information visit centralohiofolkfestival@yahoo.com. Meet at Indian Ridge Bulletin Board.

BLACKLICK WOODS METRO PARK 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg Homepage

Blacklick Birding Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. Look for migrant and resident birds on a 1.5-mile wooded walk. Meet at Ash Grove Picnic Area.

Sunday in the Swamp Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. Scoop slimy swimmers in the swamp from the Buttonbush Trail deck. Nets and containers provided. Meet at nature center.

Lens and Leaves Camera Club Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m. Learn photographic techniques. www.lensandleaves.org Meet at Beech Maple Lodge

THREE CREEKS PARK 3860 Bixby Road, Groveport Homepage

Migration Madness Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. Enjoy a stroll to watch for migrating songbirds and waterfowl. Meet at Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Rd.

Bells of Blue Saturday, May 10, 1 p.m. Hike the Bluebell Trail and enjoy the magnificent show of bluebells and other wildflowers. Meet at Confluence Trails Bulletin Board, 3680 Bixby Rd.