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.


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


Stress Relief Walk

September 9, 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: 6 pm - 7:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

September 12, 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.
Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
When & Where: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required, unless you are bringing a group of six or more. Call 717-221-0292
Fee: Free


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

September 13, 2015

Discover what birds are at Wildwood on this evening bird walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac.  The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and around the nature center. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome.  Pre-registration is not required.
When & Where: 6pm-8pm. Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Not required.
Fee: Free


Migration Bird Walk

September 15, 2015

Wildwood is a perfect stopover spot for migrating birds.  Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price for this evening walk.  The walk will begin at the South Parking Lot and continue onto the Towpath Trail for migrant bird species.  Beginner and experienced participants are welcome.
When & Where: 6pm-8pm, Meet at the South Parking Lot.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


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


Flower Walk: Goldenrods, Asters and Other Fall Surprises

September 20, 2015
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. 
When & Where: 1:30 pm – 3 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Celebrate Wildwood

September 27, 2015


Take this opportunity to celebrate Wildwood Park. Discover the park's three wildlife initiatives: turtle research, bird banding, and monarch butterfly tagging. For a small fee you can paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or enjoy fresh caramel apples. New this year, Friends of Wildwood will hold a used book sale. Browse field guides, nature books, and children's books. A Friends of  Wildwood members-only pre-sale will begin at 11am. 

This year, award-winning children’s entertainer Ray Owen will have four awesome shows throughout the event:
12:30 pm – Animal Odyssey
1:45 pm – Old McDonald, The Organic Farmer
2:30 pm – Splash, The Clean Water Dude
3:15 pm – Celebration of the Great Outdoors

The day includes the Walk for Wildwood. This free 5K walk/run for families, exercise enthusiasts, dog walkers, and runners, is a fundraiser for the Friends of Wildwood, whose mission is to support and preserve the park. Donations at www.wildwoodlake.org.
When & Where: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


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


Early Morning Bird Walk

October 4, 2015

Learn about the great hobby of bird watching on a morning walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Towpath. Pre-registration is not required.
When &Where: 9am-11am, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Kids Discover

October 4, 2015
Discover what’s going on this month in the natural world of Wildwood Park.  Join an Environmental Educator on a family-friendly walk to learn observation skills and get hands-on experience. Pre-registration required.
When &Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: required; please call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per child.


Volunteer Work Day

October 10, 2015

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.
When &Where: 10am-1pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required. Groups of 6 or more are to call ahead, 717-221-0292 ext 1.
Fee: Free.


Tremendous Trees

October 11, 2015
Fall is a colorful season to explore the forest at Wildwood Park!  Join an Environmental Educator on a journey through a ‘woody’ part of the park to learn about nuts and berries and how trees are used by wildlife.  This program is designed for children 6-9 with a grown up.  Pre-registration required.
When &Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: required; please call 717-221-0292 
Fee: $5 per child.


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


Fall Foliage Walk

October 18, 2015

Join an Environmental Educator for a leisurely walk with a focus on trees.  Become familiar with a variety of species in the vicinity of the nature center and learn why leaves change color. Pre-registration is not required.
When &Where:1pm-2pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Wildwood's Magical Trail

October 22, 2015 - October 23, 2015
Take a walk on the wild side, where the wildlife is friendly. Kids and grown ups will meet Wildwood’s talking animals and learn what they are up to as day turns to night. The evening will conclude around a campfire where everyone can make s’mores and sip cider. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal!  Pre-registration required.
When &Where: Two rotations at 6pm-7pm and 7pm-8pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required. Please call 717-221-0292 ext 1 to reserve your place.
Fee: $8 per person (age 2 and up).


Full Moon Halloween Hike

October 27, 2015

Soak up the spirit of Halloween with a guided evening adventure on the North Boardwalk. Brave the moonlit path as your eyes adjust to the darkness and the rustling wind blows through the trees. Listen for owls and other night sounds and enjoy a few special activities along the way. All ages are welcome to attend this not-so-scary and easy 1.5 mile walk. Meet in the Olewine Pavilion by the nature center. Pre-registration is not required.
When & Where: 6:30pm-8pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Preschool Storytime: Fall at Wildwood!

November 4, 2015

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.  Space is limited, so pre-register today at 717-221-0292. 
When & Where: 10am-10:45am, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required. Please call 717-221-0292 ext 1 to reserve your place.
Fee: Free.


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


Veterans Day Bird Walk

November 11, 2015

Join volunteers, Rick and Peggy Price, on Veterans Day for a morning walk along the Towpath Trail and north end of Wildwood Way overlooking the lake and canal area.  Meet at the North Parking Lot. Beginner and experienced participants welcome.  Pre-registration is not required.
When & Where: 8am-10am, Meet at the North Parking Lot.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

November 14, 2015

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.
When & Where: 10am-1pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead to 717-221-0292 ext 1.
Fee: Free.


Educator Workshop: Owls - Raptors of the Night

November 18, 2015

This educator workshop is a combined effort of the PA Game Commission and Wildwood Park.  The focus will be on owls, their natural history and roles as predators in the food web.  Current research projects and the status of owls in PA will also be incorporated.  Each participant will receive resource materials.  Act 48 hours are available.  Registration deadline is November 12. Materials provided through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
When & Where: 9am-3pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is Required, please call 717-221-0292 ext 1 to reserve your place.
Fee: $10 per person.


Turkey Trek

November 21, 2015

Join the flock at Wildwood Park for a hike and some turkey talk.  Take a 2.5-mile hike on the East Shore Trail, Tall Timbers Trail, and Wildwood Way.  Along the way, an Environmental Educator will share information about turkey natural history, habitat requirements, and other animals. Pre-registration is not required.
When & Where: 1pm-3pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Gobble and Snort

November 29, 2015
Around this time of year, thoughts turn towards two of Pennsylvania’s animals - the turkey and the deer. Many enjoy the tasty bird and close to one million hunters enter Penn’s Woods in hopes of harvesting a deer. Interesting facts of each animal will be presented by an Environmental Educator in the nature center. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to take a closer look at adaptations including feathers and fur with a microscope, eggs, feet, hooves, antlers and wings. This program is suitable for children ages 6-12 and their parents.  Pre-registration required.
When &Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required. Please call 717-221-0292 ext 1 to reserve your spot.
Fee: $5 per child.


Wreath-making Workshop

December 5, 2015

Make a holiday wreath out of natural materials. Everything will be supplied to make an evergreen wreath with decorations from nature, including cones, berries, nuts and seed pods. Participants may bring additional items and ribbon. After constructing a wreath outside in the pavilion, come inside the nature center to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and add some finishing touches. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete one wreath. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves and clippers. Pre-registration required.
When &Where: Sessions start at 9am,10:30am, and 12pm; Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is Required. Please call 717-221-0292 ext 1 to reserve a place.
Fee: $15 per wreath.


Natural Ornaments

December 6, 2015

Children and their parents are invited to make holiday ornaments using pine cones, milkweed pods, and other natural materials. Everything but the creativity will be supplied to make works of art to decorate for the holidays. Pre-registration is not required.
When &Where: 1pm-3pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: $5 per participant.


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


Winter Discovery at Wildwood Park

December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016

(closed Dec. 21, 25, 28, Jan 1)

Visit the Olewine Nature Center, where special exhibits will highlight some of Wildwood’s animals in winter.  Self-guided stations will help visitors understand more about natural history and enhance a winter outdoor experience. Pre-registration is not required.
When &Where: 10am-4pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Cabin Fever Walk

December 19, 2015

Join a 3-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat cabin fever.  Along the way discover what animals call Wildwood Park home during the winter months.  Pre-registration is not required.
When &Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Natural Ornaments

December 20, 2015
Children and their parents are invited to make holiday ornaments using pine cones, milkweed pods, and other natural materials. Everything but the creativity will be supplied to make works of art to decorate for the holidays. Pre-registration is not required.
When &Where: 1pm-3pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: $5 per participant.


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