Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Art In The Wild 2017: Exhibit Open

April 8, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Visit naturally inspired trailside creations of this environmental outdoor art exhibit sited along Wildwood Park’s wandering trails and water pools. Using mostly natural materials, artists have constructed large and small installations. A map-brochure about the exhibit is available.

When & Where: Dawn until Dusk; Throughout the park

Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Brownie Scout Workshop: Bugs & Hiker

June 3, 2017

Scouts will explore the wonderful world of bugs and learn how remarkable they are and how much they do for our planet. The day will begin with exploring an insect habitat, followed by catching and identifying some amazing bugs!

Scouts will also learn how to follow trail signs and prepare for a hike. The program will conclude with a hike around Wildwood Park to earn both badges! “Leave No Trace” will be practiced along the way.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Beginner’s Yoga and Walk

June 4, 2017

Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1 mile walk around Wildwood at a pace that will warm the body with stops along the way for simple yoga exercises. The walk will begin in the front of the nature center. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.

When & Where: 10:00 am – 11:30 am; Meet at the nature center.

Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Educator Workshop on the River: Focus on Adaptations

June 6, 2017

Join facilitators from the PA Game Commission and Wildwood Park for an educator workshop on the Susquehanna River. Adaptations to aquatic ecosystems will be covered while canoeing from Fort Hunter to West Fairview. Participants will receive lesson plans for classroom activities; Act 48 credit available. Canoes, paddles, life jackets, and shuttle are included. Pre-registration is required; deadline is May 30; call 717-221-0292.


Where & When: Meeting location will be sent to participants, 8:30am-3:30pm

Fee:$35



Explore Wildwood: An Outdoor Family Adventure

June 10, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Celebrate summer with a family adventure at Wildwood Park. Stop by the nature center to pick up a packet, then head out on the Towpath Trail to explore the natural world of Wildwood. Stop at stations and use clues in the packet to solve nature’s mysteries. After the adventure, visit the nature center for an explanation of the challenges. The hike covers about 2 miles. This self-guided activity is suitable for families and small groups of friends.

When & Where: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Start at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee:  Free


Volunteer Work Day

June 10, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming

June 11, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to view fragrant water lilies, yarrow, white beardtongue, blue-eyed grass and common milkweed. Learn how these and other flowers were named and some of their uses by early settlers and Native Americans.  Some trees may be bearing fruit.  Meet at the North Lot, pre-registration is not required.
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-12:00pm
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

June 14, 2017

Walk off the stress of the work day with a self-guided hike at Wildwood Park. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at your own pace. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org

for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Meet at the Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free



Preschool Storytime: Spring at Wildwood!

June 14, 2017

Join a Dauphin County Library System librarian and Wildwood Environmental Educator for a fun story session for children ages 2-5. Stories, songs, rhymes, play, and a take-home craft will introduce Wildwood critters and the joy of books and language to youngsters. Please enjoy your snacks before the program to limit distraction during storytime. Space is limited, so pre-register today at 717-221-0292.


Where & When: Meet at the Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-10:45am

Fee: Free



Get in Shape Walk

June 15, 2017

Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the nature center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Bird Walk: Nesting Birds

June 16, 2017

This bird walk with volunteers Rick and Peg Price will begin at the nature center to explore Wildwood Way and the North Boardwalk. Meet at the nature center parking lot. Pre-registration is not required.


Where & When: Meet at Nature Center parking lot, 7:30am-9:30am

Fee: Free



Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 6-8)

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017

Children ages 6 to 8 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations.
When & Where: 9:00am-3:00pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: Required, call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per person


Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 6-8)

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Children ages 6 to 8 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations.
When & Where: 9:00am-3:00pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: Required, call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per person


Saturday Morning Bird Walk

July 1, 2017

Get to know some of the common birds of Wildwood Park with volunteer Audrey Zajac. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Towpath. Pre-registration is not required.


Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center, 8:00am-10:00am

Fee: Free


Beginner's Yoga & Walk

July 2, 2017

Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood at a pace that will warm the body with stops along the way for simple yoga exercises. The walk will begin in the front of the nature center. Pre-registration is not required. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.


Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center 10:00am-11:30am

Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

July 8, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Still More Blooms

July 9, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search and view joe-pye weed, pokeweed, three species of Monarda and two species of jewelweed. Learn how these flowers were named and some of their early and even modern day uses. Pre-registration is not required.
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-12:00pm
Fee: Free


Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 9-11)

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017

Campers ages 9 to 11 will learn a variety of naturalist and outdoor skills. They will use those skills to explore different habitats while hiking, using binoculars, and canoeing on Wildwood Lake. 
When & Where: 9:00am-3:00pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: Required, call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per person


Stress Relief Walk

July 12, 2017

Walk off the stress of the work day with a self-guided hike at Wildwood Park. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at your own pace. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org

for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Meet at the Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free



Kids Discover: Birds of Wildwood

July 15, 2017

Join a park naturalist at the Nature Center to look at artifacts of birds that inhabit Wildwood Park! After an overview of the birds and their adaptations to different habitats, there will be a walk on the boardwalk to look for some of the birds that you just learned about. This program is suitable for children ages 5-10 and their parents. Pre-registration required; please call 717-221-0292.

Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center, 10:00am-11:30am

Fee: $5 per child


Outdoor Week (ages 12-14)

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Get into the wild! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 14 will discover the natural world while learning skills like building a debris hut, fishing, identifying wild edibles, and canoeing on the Susquehanna River. 
When & Where: 9:00am-3:00pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: Required, call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per person


Get in Shape Walk

July 20, 2017

Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the nature center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Photo Boot Camp: Fundamentals of Photography (ages 10-16)

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017

Beginners will learn to use a DSLR camera in this hands-on nature and wildlife photography workshop at Wildwood Park. Canon camera equipment will be loaned to each student. Space is limited. Registration opens January 1 at www.photo4kids.org.
When & Where: 9:00am-3:00pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: Required at www. photo4kids.org


Photo Boot Camp: Fundamentals of Photography (ages 10-16)

July 31, 2017 - August 4, 2017

Beginners will learn to use a DSLR camera in this hands-on nature and wildlife photography workshop at Wildwood Park. Canon camera equipment will be loaned to each student. Space is limited.
When & Where: 9:00am-3:00pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: Required at www. photo4kids.org


Kids Discover: Mammals of Wildwood

August 5, 2017

Join a park naturalist at the Nature Center to look at artifacts of mammals that inhabit Wildwood Park! After an overview of the creatures and their adaptations to different habitats, there will be a walk on the boardwalk to look for some of the mammals that you just learned about. This program is suitable for children ages 5-10 and their parents. Pre-registration required; please call 717-221-0292.

Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center, 10:00am-11:30am

Fee: $5 per child


Beginner's Yoga & Walk

August 6, 2017

Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood at a pace that will warm the body with stops along the way for simple yoga exercises. The walk will begin in the front of the nature center. Pre-registration is not required. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.


Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center, 10:00am-11:30am

Fee: Free



Stress Relief Walk

August 9, 2017

Walk off the stress of the work day with a self-guided hike at Wildwood Park. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at your own pace. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org

for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Meet at the Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free



Volunteer Work Day

August 12, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants

August 13, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to see some of the wetland plants, such as American Lotus and the Rose Mallows, along the North Boardwalk.  Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail. Pre-registration is not required.
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-12:00pm
Fee: Free


Get in Shape Walk

August 17, 2017

Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the nature center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

August 20, 2017

Come on this evening walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac and learn about the birds that can be found at Wildwood. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Towpath. Pre-registration is not required.


Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Fee: Free


Cadette Girl Scout Workshop: Night Owl

August 26, 2017

Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time.  With modern urbanization it’s easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world when the sun goes down.  So grow your imagination and expand what you know.  Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night!  Note:  This program takes place from 4:30pm-9:00pm.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 4:30pm-9:00pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Kids Discover: Insects

September 2, 2017

A naturalist will lead an outdoor walk for children with lessons and activities about insects. Part of the walk will include students becoming biologists and surveying an area for wildlife. Ages 5 to 10 and their parents. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.


Where & When: Meet at the Nature Center, 10:00am-11:30am

Fee: $5 per child


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

September 3, 2017

Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price for this early September evening walk. The walk will begin at the South Parking Lot, where we will look for shorebirds, and continue on the Towpath Trail. Pre-registration is not required.


Where & When: Meet at the South Park Lot by the Tow Path, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

September 9, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Goldenrods, Asters, & Other Fall Surprises

September 10, 2017

Even with autumn in full swing, there is still an abundance of goldenrods and asters and maybe even a few surprises. Many seeds will be present including those of trees and it will be easy to see the different methods of seed dispersal. Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams for this final walk of the season to identify the flowers. Pre-registration is not required.
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

September 13, 2017

Walk off the stress of the work day with a self-guided hike at Wildwood Park. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at your own pace. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org

for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Meet at the Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free



Webelo Boy Scout Workshop: Into the Woods

September 16, 2017

Did you ever wonder what  the woods would be like without trees?  Participants will discover the many products manufactured from wood that we use every day, and the important role trees play in the delicate balance of our environment.

Find out how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story.  Develop a plan to care for a plant and then go plant one outdoors.  While outdoors, learn how to identify native trees and various plants that are found in the park.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Get in Shape Walk

September 21, 2017

Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the nature center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Celebrate Wildwood & the Walk for Wildlife

September 24, 2017

Join in the celebration of Wildwood Park! Discover turtle tagging, bird banding, butterfly tagging and more. Kids will love the scavenger hunt with fun learning stations. For a fee, paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or enjoy food vendors. Friends of Wildwood will hold a Used Nature Book Sale. The afternoon includes the Walk for Wildlife. Enjoy an autumn walk while helping support wildlife at Wildwood Park. 
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 12:00pm-4:00pm
Fee: Free


Workshop for All Girl & Boy Scouts: Wizard Herb

October 7, 2017

Take a magical adventure into the wizarding world of herbology at Wildwood Park!  Visit different places where you can create a potion, taste test edible plants, make a craft, and discover the mysteries of the flying squirrel.  Also, enjoy some magical entertainment.  Come to Wildwood Park for this magical and wonderful day to earn a fun badge.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

October 14, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am
Fee: Free


Wolf Boy Scout Workshop: Paws on the Path

October 21, 2017

Before Wolves can put their paws on the path they must first learn how to prepare for a hike.  In this adventure find out what equipment and skills are essential to take along on a hike.  Also, learn how to identify birds and insects that you might encounter while hiking.  The program will include a hike around the park.  “Leave No Trace”, identification skills, and journaling will also be practiced.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center
1:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Junior Girl Scout Workshop: Animal Habitats

November 4, 2017

Using Wildwood Park as our study site, scouts will address the requirements for this badge. Because some of the animals in the Park are the same ones found in local neighborhoods, scouts will realize that they share much of their own habitat with wildlife, and learn what environmental challenges animals face and how we can help them.

Crafts and ideas to help create a healthy animal habitat in their very own backyards will be included!

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

November 11, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am
Fee: Free


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