The conservation organization offers two monthly programs for families.

Are your kiddos curious about critters? Consider taking them to a program at the Ohio Wildlife Center, a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation education and nonlethal resolutions to human-animal conflicts. This hidden gem in Northwest Columbus also operates a hospital for wild animals.

The center offers “Wild Story Time” on the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. The program, geared to preschoolers, allows attendees to hear a story, make a related craft and meet an animal ambassador. The cost is $5 per person, free for ages 5 and younger.

The 2nd Sundays series occurs on the second Sunday of the month from noon to 2 p.m., with an animal enrichment activity at 1 p.m. Programs focus on how humans can co-exist with animals and making memories with nature. The cost is $5 per person, free for ages 5 and younger.

The Ohio Wildlife Center is located on 20 acres of woods, wetland and meadows and provides permanent sanctuary to 59 animals, including foxes, hawks, owls and turtles. Its education center is at 9000 Dublin Road, Powell. For more information, go to