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Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm | Trail's Hours: Daily dawn-dusk | Closed Holidays »
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, Wildwood Park is conveniently located on the edge of Harrisburg, PA.
There are endless opportunities for fun and adventure at Wildwood Park. Explore the Nature Center, walk the trails and boardwalks, ride your bike, pack a picnic lunch, watch the birds, check out the flowers and much more! There is fresh air and good times around every bend. Come and enjoy…it's fun and it's free!
What's Happening at Wildwood Park?
Art In The Wild 2017
Winners | About the Artists | Vote for Your Favorite
Watch Video by CASA (Capital Area School for the Arts) »
Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest
2016 Winners »
2017 Contest Brochure »
Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest winners - exhibit hall
Rick Price nature photos - downstairs gallery
Ash Tree Cutting
Trail & Bird Sighting Info
All trails are open.
An American Bittern flew over the north parking lot toward the marsh this morning.
Monarch butterflies have been laying eggs on milkweed. Check for yellow, black, and white caterpillars where you see that the leaves have been eaten.
Digger Bees are excavating holes in the dirt along the Towpath.
Holes are the size of a pencil eraser and each will have an egg laid in it. They are solitary bees and are not aggressive.
Cicadas are chirring in the park. These Dog-day Cicadas have a 2 to 5 year life cycle and emerge every year in consistent numbers. The Periodic Cicadas have a 13 or 17 year life cycle emerge in large broods in May or June, but not every year.
Swamp Rose Mallow flowers are in bloom. A member of the hibiscus
family, the flowers are large and can be pink or white.
Look for Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Green Herons (immature and adult), and Black-Crowned Night-Heron in the lake and canal.
Wood Ducks are numerous and some still have ducklings.
Two Osprey circled the south end of the lake in the afternoon.
American Lotus is blooming. Best viewing from the Towpath Trail. Expect peak bloom now through August 1. Swamp Rose Mallow still has another week yet.