The all-ages events take place around Central Ohio through Feb. 23.

Metro Parks is again encouraging families to enjoy the outdoors in the off-season.

For the 46th year, the park system will sponsor a free Winter Hikes series. This year’s events, which span two months, kick off Jan. 5 at Blacklick Woods Metro Park and then travel to 12 other sites.

The hikes, which vary in length, are designed to appeal to hikers all ages. Participants often see local wildlife, according to park staff. The events also are intended to promote community, as participants enjoy a cup of soup or hot cocoa afterward. Visitors who participate in seven of the 13 hikes will earn a commemorative patch.

Here’s the schedule for Winter Hikes 2019:

Jan. 5 – Blacklick Woods, 10 a.m., 2 or 4 miles Jan. 12 – Sharon Woods, 10 a.m., 2 or 4 miles Jan. 13 – Prairie Oaks, 2 p.m., 1, 3 or 5 miles Jan. 19 – Scioto Audubon, 10 a.m., 1 or 2 miles Jan. 26 – Clear Creek, 10 a.m., 1, 3, or 5 miles Jan. 27 – Inniswood, 2 p.m., 2 miles Feb. 2 – Blendon Wood, 10 a.m., 2, 4 or 6 miles Feb. 3 – Scioto Grove, 2 p.m., 1 or 2 miles Feb. 9 – Highbanks 10 a.m., 2.5 or 5 miles Feb. 10 – Glacier Ridge, 2 p.m., 2 miles Feb. 16 – Three Creeks, 10 a.m., 1, 3 or 5.6 miles Feb. 17 – Slate Run, 2 p.m. 2.5 or 5 miles Feb. 23 – Battelle Darby Creek, 10 a.m., 2, 4 or 6 miles

Metro Parks also is using the series as a way to help the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Hikers who donate four or more nonperishable food items (or $5 via credit card) will receive a Metro Parks mug. Donations can be made from 30 minutes before to 90 minutes after each event’s start time.

For more information, go to metroparks.net/blog/46th-annual-winter-hike-series.