Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Art In The Wild Exhibit OPEN

April 11, 2015 - October 31, 2015

Visit the 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 on site.
When & Where: Dawn till dusk, throughout the park.
Fee: Free.


Discovery Walk

May 3, 2015

A naturalist will lead an interactive outdoor walk for children with lessons about natural history (including poison ivy) and sensory activities. Part of the walk will include students becoming biologists and surveying an area for wildlife. This program is suitable for children ages 6 to 11 and their parents.
When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per child.


Bird Walk: Peak Migration

May 6, 2015

This bird walk with volunteers Rick and Peg Price will be on the North Boardwalk to search for warblers, phoebes, wrens, orioles, and other songbirds. You never can tell what you might see at this time of year.
When & Where: 7:30am-9:30am, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

May 9, 2015

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects.  Snacks, 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.
When & Where: 10am-1pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required, unless you have a group of 6 or more, please call 717-221-0292.
Fee: Free.


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Wonderful Water”

May 9, 2015

This program is designed to facilitate the WOW Journey. Scouts will learn conservation techniques and how to be responsible consumers. They’ll learn the water cycle, explore the science of water, and get wet while collecting and examining the creatures living in Wildwood’s lake and streams. Supplies to make a water snooper will be available.
When & Where: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Meet a Naturalist: Wildwood's Wetland Animals

May 10, 2015

A naturalist will be in the Olewine Nature Center with animal artifacts to help visitors learn what species live in Wildwood Park and what adaptations they have that help them survive in a wetland habitat. 
When & Where: 1pm-3pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


Flower Walk: Jack in the Pulpits and Other Spring Flowers

May 10, 2015

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search for Jack in the Pulpits. Learn the interesting facts about the Jack in the Pulpit and why it could also be known as “Jill in the Pulpit”.  When & Where: 1:30pm-3pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


Stress Relief Walk

May 13, 2015

Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park.  Join a Wildwood volunteer for this vigorous after-work activity.  The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per hour.  Meet at the Olewine Nature Center.  Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.  Dauphin County employees must sign in to receive Wellness Rewards points for participation.  Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain. 
When & Where: 6pm-7:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required.  
Fee: Free.


Bird walk: Songbirds

May 16, 2015

Take a Saturday morning bird walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac to search for songbirds and other breeding birds. The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and Wildwood Way. When & Where: 8am-10am, Meet at the Nature Center.  
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


Creature Feature: The Honey Bee

May 17, 2015

The honey bee is one of nature’s busiest insects.  Come to Wildwood Park and learn about these busy buzzers who visit Wildwood’s pollinator gardens through a story and a craft. This program is suitable for children ages 3-6 years old and their parents.
When & Where: 1pm-2pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per child.


Outdoor Learning Day

May 19, 2015

Designed for public and private schools, students in grades 3 – 7 participate in hands-on outdoor and indoor environmental education stations to learn about wetlands and the environment. Expert guest educators from agencies like the Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be on site to teach while addressing components of the academic standards for environment and ecology. Sign up for a time slot by calling the Olewine Nature Center at 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 10am-4pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is Required.
Fee: $5 per person.


Bike Harrisburg: Greenbelt Bicycle Tour with Historian Dan Deibler

May 21, 2015

Celebrate National Bike Month with a relaxing ride back in time along the riverfront esplanade.  At stops along the way, Architectural historian Dan Deibler, will explain infrastructure improvements that were part of the City Beautiful movement over 100 years ago.  The ride is co-sponsored by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation and Bike Harrisburg, whose goal is to advance a bike-friendly Harrisburg.  See other events planned for Bike Month at: www.bikeharrisburg.org.  If the weather is questionable, call 717-221-0292 or check www.wildwoodlake.org/events for postponement information.
When: 6pm-8pm
Where: Meet at the Sunken Garden on the Capital Area Greenbelt at Front and Verbeke Streets.
Pre-registration is requested at 717-221-0292. 
Fee: Free


Outdoor Skills: Wild Edible Plants

May 23, 2015

Plant life is an excellent source of food for a vast array of animals throughout the world.  Join Debra Naha to learn about wild edible plants that can be found throughout Wildwood Park.  An indoor presentation will be followed by a foraging walk and taste testing. 
When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required at 717-221-0292.
Fee: $8 per participant.


Explore Wildwood: An Outdoor Family Adventure

May 30, 2015 - June 7, 2015
Celebrate Pennsylvania Hiking Week with a family adventure at Wildwood Park. Stop by the nature center to pick up a packet, then head out on the 3.1 mile loop trail to explore the natural world of Wildwood. Stop at stations along the way to complete naturalist challenges. After the adventure, visit the nature center for and explanation of the challenges. This activity is suitable for family teams and small groups of friends.
When & Where: 10 am – 4 pm; start at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration:  Not required
Fee:  Free


Wild About Art: Flower Pressing

May 31, 2015
May is a great time to view flowers blossoming in the park.  They provide inspiration for the inner artist!  Learn how to press flowers for a project. This workshop is suitable for children 8 years and older and their parents. Adults are welcome too! Note: Dress for the weather and bring an old phone book if you have one. Bring flowers from your garden at home, or use those provided by a florist.   Picking wildflowers is not permitted at Wildwood Park or on other public lands. 
When & Where: 12:30pm-3pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required and space and materials are limited; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $8 per person.


Damsels and Dragons – Flies That Is!

June 3, 2015

Join Tony (Doc) Schoch, naturalist and retired teacher, to learn about Dragonflies and Damselflies. The program begins with an opportunity to net and examine some of the species that live in Wildwood’s wetland. A power-point presentation about these iconic insects will focus on their anatomy, life cycle, indication of water quality, identification, and their place in the food chain of the wetlands.
When & Where:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration:  Not required
Fee:  Free


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Bugs & Hiker”

June 6, 2015
Scouts can earn both badges in this workshop. The program starts with exploring insect homes, identifying some amazing bugs, and learning how to follow trail signs and prepare for a hike. Next, scouts hit the trails to earn both badges and practice “Leave No Trace” guidelines along the way. A take-home bug craft is included.
When & Where:  10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Stress Relief Walk

June 10, 2015
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park.  Join a Wildwood volunteer for this vigorous after-work activity.  The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per hour.  Meet at the Olewine Nature Center.  Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.  Dauphin County employees must sign in to receive Wellness Rewards points for participation.  Check
www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain. 
When & Where: 6pm-7:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required. 
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

June 13, 2015

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects.  Snacks, 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.
When & Where: 10am-1pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required, unless you have a group of 6 or more, please call 717-221-0292 ext 1.
Fee: Free.


Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming

June 14, 2015

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. 
When & Where: 10:30am-12pm, 
Meet at the North Parking Lot. 
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


FULL! Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 7-9)

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Children ages 7 to 9 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per child


Wild About Art: Scratchboards

June 20, 2015

Reptiles will be the source of inspiration for sketches made along the Towpath. A staff member will instruct participants, who will make scratchboard projects.  Dress for the weather and bring something to sit on outside. This workshop is suitable for children 8 years and older and their parents. Adults who love to draw are welcome too!
When & Where: 1pm-3pm, Meet at the South Lot.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per person.


Nature Explorers Day Camp (ages 5-6)

June 23, 2015 - June 25, 2015
Young campers ages 5 and 6 will explore the outdoors with activities focused on learning about nature through the senses. Discovery walks, stories, crafts, and other fun activities will be included. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $60 per child


FULL! Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 10-11)

July 6, 2015 - July 10, 2015
Campers ages 10 and 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. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per child


FULL! Outdoor Week (ages 12-14)

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per child


NEW! Science Series (ages 10-15)

July 28, 2015 - July 31, 2015
This new camp for 10 to 15 year olds will feature hands-on outdoor experiences for those interested in learning more about species identification, natural history, and ecology. Each day will have a different topic: wildlife, birds, streams, and reptiles. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $80 per child


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

August 3, 2015 - August 7, 2015

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.
Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and Fee: Applications will be at hcckids.org starting January 1, 2015.
Space is limited, so don't delay!


Girl Scout Workshop: Cadettes "Night Owl"

September 4, 2015
Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. But with modern lighting, electrical gadgets and urbanization, it’s easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world after the sun goes down. Scouts who want to grow their imagination and expand what they know, or think they know, will turn out the lights, tune into their senses, and step out into the night.
When & Where: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee: $10 per scout


Scout Workshop: Webelos “Forester” Badge

September 19, 2015 Nature’s monuments — trees — are a necessary and precious resource. Participants will discover the many products manufactured from wood that are used every day, and the important role trees play in the delicate balance of the environment. How tall is the tallest tree? How big around is the largest tree? What local history is recorded by trees? Is fire ever good for a tree? These are among the topics this workshop covers. In addition, scouts will learn how to identify some of Pennsylvania’s native trees and plants that grow in the park.
When & Where:  10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment:  Required; Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Scout Workshop: Webelos “Naturalist” Badge

October 3, 2015
A naturalist studies plants and animals in the wild. In earning the Naturalist badge, scouts will gain skills and knowledge that can keep them safe outdoors and protect the environment. This program includes activities to hone wildlife watching skills, identify the poisonous plants and venomous reptiles of PA, explore the mystery of bird migration, learn about some of the mammals that call PA home, and examine some extraordinary talents that animals have developed to survive. A hike in the park will give each participant the chance to use their new “naturalist” skills.
When & Where:  10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Wildlife in PA”

October 17, 2015
Brownies will create their own unique badges while enhancing their knowledge of some of PA’s wildlife. This program provides activities to learn about animal groups and characteristics, endangered species, bird identification, as well as how to spot wildlife and how to use binoculars. Program concludes with a wildlife walk.
When & Where:  10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Scout Workshop: Juniors "Animal Habitats

November 7, 2015
This workshop uses Wildwood Park as a study site to 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. They will learn about some of the environmental challenges animals face, and investigate ways to help. Crafts and ideas to create a healthy backyard habitat for animals will be included!
When & Where:
10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee: $10 per scout


Scout Workshop: Bears "Sharing Your World with Wildlife"

December 12, 2015
This workshop focuses on learning to live in harmony with wildlife and the environment, and understanding the purpose all creatures have on this planet. Using hands-on activities, scouts will gain an appreciation of the “web of life” and how humans fit into it. They will learn about the muskrats living in Wildwood Lake and the lodges they build as winter homes, while collecting and logging data for the annual “Muskrats in Wildwood” survey. Warm boots, hats, and gloves will be needed!
When & Where:
10:30 am – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee: $10 per scout


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