Great outdoor events for children and families.

WAG!, a dog-friendly festival, will be held Saturday, August 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Darby Bend Lakes area of Prairie Oaks Metro Park. Admission is free.
Coined "the leading dog-centric event in central Ohio," WAG! brought more than 1,700 canines and 6,800 humans together in 2007-its inaugural year.
From educational advice to live entertainment, WAG! is a free, fun way for dog enthusiasts to buy and learn about the products and services needed for their canine companions.

Scheduled activities include:
WAG! Wilderness Walk benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society. Participants must register in advance at the Web site listed below. Educational programs, contests, special guests and attractions at the Take a Bow Wow Stage. Exhibits include: products and services from pet retailers, veterinarians, doggie day care centers, pet photography and art, groomers, insurance, carpet cleaning, dog walkers and trainers, clubs and organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of canines. On-site data ID chip implants for dogs. Learn about the right dog for you at the Meet the Breed Pavilion, sponsored by the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Demonstrations with dog agility groups, Frisbee dogs, rescue dogs and others. Swimming and dog volleyball at the Water Bark Beach. Canine companion adoptions at one of the various dog rescue groups. For more information, activity schedule and to register for the WAG! Wilderness Walk, log on to www.WAGfest.com.

Other featured events

Storytelling Campfire at Battelle Darby Creek
Saturday, August 9, 7-10 p.m.
Professional storytellers will weave humorous and inspirational tales as we cozy around the campfire.
Meeting Place: Naturalist Office

Perseid Meteor Shower at Highbanks
Sunday, August 10, 9-11 p.m.
After a slide show on meteors, search the sky for falling stars and constellations.
Meeting Place: Nature Center

Crazy Critters Campfire at Blendon Woods
Saturday, August 16, 7 pm
Share your favorite sily animal songs around a crackling fire.
Meeting Place: Cherry Ridge Program Area

Bugstravaganza at Chestnut Ridge
Saturday, August 16, 1 - 4 pm
Learn more about insects and spiders through fun activities. Representatives from The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association will have displays. Refreshing "bug juice" will be provided to keep you cool.
Meeting Place: Ranger Station

Musical Campfire and Celebration at Glacier Ridge
Sunday, August 17, 6 - 8 pm
Join the fun at "Musical Mark's Kids' Show" with music and songs around a campfire. Bring snacks to roast.
He will also be performing a set of songs from his latest CD; "We're just hangin' out" - a CD of all songs about bats!
Meeting Place: Red Oak Trailhead

Family Wading at Blacklick Woods
Saturday, August 23, 2 pm
Take a 2-mile walk and get your feet wet looking for critters in Blacklick Creek.
Closed-toed wading shoes, such as old sneakers, recommended.
Flip-flops, sandals without covered toes or back straps and going barefoot are not recommended in Blacklick Creek.
Naturalists will provide nets and containers for the program.
Meeting Place: Nature Center