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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!

Upcoming Events

4/11/2015 - 10/31/2015
Art In The Wild Exhibit OPEN

8/29/2015
Kids Discover

9/4/2015
Girl Scout Workshop: Cadettes "Night Owl"

9/9/2015
Stress Relief Walk

9/12/2015
Volunteer Work Day

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What's Happening at Wildwood Park?

Take a walk at Wildwood Park
This summer, there are guided Discovery Walks, Bird Walks, Flower Walks, and more
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Wildwood Lake Restoration Feasibility Study
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Art In The Wild exhibit open
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2015 Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest
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Trail & Bird Sighting Info

TRAILS:

All trails and boardwalks are open.

August 26
Osprey are being seen following over the lake as they begin their migration south.  The mudflats at the south parking lot now are covered with water but there are still some shorebirds to be seen.  There is still some Great Egrets on the lake.

August 21
Snapping Turtles are starting to hatch.  Look for holes in the gardens around the nature center where they have dug their way out of a nest.  If you find a baby turtle that looks like it could get stepped on or hit by a car, take it to the nearest water and release it.  These wild animals should not be taken out of their habitat and do not make good pets. 

August 20
There are many Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Green Herons feeding in the lake. 

August 18
Today's sightings: Great Crested Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Wood Pewee, Cedar Waxwings.

August 17
This is an interesting time of year to look and listen for insects.
Cicadas can be heard chirring through the day.
A few Monarch caterpillars are eating milkweed. Other insects on the milkweed are Milkweed Bugs and Milkweed Beetles.
Various leaves have tiny eggs on stalks that were laid by Green Lacewings. The larvae are predators that control the population of aphids. To avoid the ants that protect the aphids, the larvae of the Lacewing camouflages itself by putting plant debris and carcasses of insects it has eaten on its back.

August 13
Pawpaw trees near the nature center are developing fruit.

August 12
A Monarch Butterfly was seen laying eggs on milkweed in the nature center's gardens. The indoor display of Monarch Caterpillars is set up in the exhibit hall, so stop by to see them munching milkweed. 

An Osprey was seen catching fish in Wildwood Lake.