• Terry Smith - Wood Thrush
  • Rebecca Fronk - Jewelweed
  • Darlene Zeller-Shearer - Frog
  • Shannon O'Shea - Olewine Nature Center
  • Volunteer Work Day
  • Olewine Nature Center
  • George Shearer, Jr - Olewine Nature Center
  • Eric Willet - Olewine Nature Center
  • Friends of Wildwood Park
  • Charlie Smith

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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 »

Gallery Exhibits
Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest winners - exhibit hall
Rick Price nature photos - downstairs gallery

Ash Tree Cutting
Information »

Trail & Bird Sighting Info

TRAILS
All trails are open.

July 26
Monarch butterflies have been laying eggs on milkweed. Check for yellow, black, and white caterpillars where you see that the leaves have been eaten.

July 25
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.

July 24
Swamp Rose Mallow flowers are in bloom. A member of the hibiscus family, the flowers are large and can be pink or white.

July 19
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.

July 18
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.