Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Art In The Wild OPEN

April 9, 2016 - October 31, 2016 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; Wildwood Park
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Wildwood Photography Contest

April 20, 2016 - November 30, 2016 Now is the time to take photos for the Friends of Wildwood annual Photo Contest. Take advantage of what Wildwood Park has to offer photographers. Keep an eye out for turtles sunning in the canal, birds feeding in the wetland, dragonflies perched on twigs, frogs hiding in duckweed, flowers blooming along the trails, and interesting landscapes. Review official contest rules at www.wildwoodlake.org or at the nature center.


Kids Discover

September 3, 2016

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.

When & Where: 10:00am - 11:30am; Meet in the nature center Pre-registration: Required; Call 717-221-0292 Fee: $5


Beginner's Yoga & Walk

September 4, 2016

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 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 adult.

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

Pre-registration is not required, Fee: Free


Evening Bird Walk

September 4, 2016

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

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

No Pre-registration required; Fee: Free


Girl Scout Workshop: Cadettes "Night Owl"

September 9, 2016
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. So grow your imagination and expand what you know. Turn out the lights, tune into your 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


Volunteer Work Day

September 10, 2016


Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided. To reduce plastic usage bring a water bottle. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
When & Where: 10 am - 1 pm; meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration: not required; please let us know if you are bringing a group of six or more.
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

September 14, 2016
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. 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. 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


Scout Workshop: Webelos “Into the Woods” Badge

September 17, 2016


Trees, nature’s monuments, 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. 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. 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


September Bird Walk

September 17, 2016

Come on a morning walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac to enjoy the birds of Wildwood. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Delta Boardwalk. Pre-registration is not required.

When & Where: 9:00am - 11:00am; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Goldenrods, Asters, and Other Fall Surprises

September 18, 2016
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 25, 2016

Join in the celebration of Wildwood Park! Discover turtle tagging, bird banding, butterfly tagging and other learning stations. Billy B joins us from the great northwest with his exciting style of combined environmental education and music. For a fee, paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or enjoy food vendors. Friends of Wildwood will hold a Used Nature Book Sale. Kids will love the fun learning stations scavenger hunt. The afternoon includes the Walk for Wildlife at 1pm. Enjoy an autumn walk while helping support wildlife at Wildwood Park.
When & Where: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Walk for Wildlife

September 25, 2016

Enjoy an autumn walk while helping support wildlife at Wildwood Park. Walk the invigorating three-mile trail walk or the shorter half-mile accessible option on the boardwalk. Donations go to Friends of Wildwood to help create and manage wildlife habitat for turtles, frogs, snakes, birds, and amazing plants.  After the walk, enjoy Celebrate Wildwood, which runs from noon to 4 pm and has something for all ages. Support Walk for Wildlife at www.wildwoodlake.org/support/
When & Where: 1:00 pm; front of nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free; donations encouraged


Scout Workshop: Webelos “Into the Wild” Badge

October 1, 2016

Journey into the wild and explore the creatures that inhabit Wildwood. Activities before the exploration include improving wildlife watching skills, nature identification, and journaling. A hike in the park will give each participant a chance to watch for birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mammals. Along the way, learn about wetlands and afterwards use observations to construct a food chain of the wetland ecosystem.
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


Beginner's Yoga & Walk

October 2, 2016

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 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 adult.

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

Fee: Free


Introduction to GPS & Geocaching

October 2, 2016

Join a Wildwood Environmental Educator for an introductory lesson on GPS and Geocaching. The program begins indoors to learn how to use a GPS device and Geocaching. Then hit the trails and search for geocaches hidden in the park and learn more about the Park. Appropriate for ages 10 through adult. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292. Dress for outdoor activities. GPS devices on loan from DCNR will be available for use.

When & Where: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Fee: $5


Migration Bird Walk

October 5, 2016

Wildwood is a perfect stopover location for migrating birds. Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price for this early October morning walk. The walk will begin at the Nature Center and continue onto the North Boardwalk. Beginner and experienced participants are welcome. Pre-registration is not required.

When & Where: 7:30am - 9:30am; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Pre-registration not requried; Fee: Free


Storytime!

October 8, 2016

Join teacher and Friends of Wildwood board member Emily Hand for a fun story session for children ages 2-5. Weather permitting, an outdoor component will be included. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

October 8, 2016

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided. To reduce plastic usage bring a water bottle. 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.
Fee: Free.


Tree ID Walk

October 9, 2016

Join Cara Martinez-Williams for a leisurely walk with a focus on trees. Become familiar with a variety of species around the nature center while enjoying fall foliage. Pre-registration is not required.

When & Where: 1:30pm - 2:30pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Early Morning Bird Walk

October 15, 2016

Come on a morning walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac to learn about the great hobby of bird watching. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Delta Boardwalk. Pre-registration is not required.

When & Where: 9:00am - 11:00am; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Big Moon Halloween Hike

October 15, 2016

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 - 8:00pm

Fee: Free


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Wildlife in PA”

October 15, 2016
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


Educator Workshop: Wonders of Wetlands

October 19, 2016

This workshop is conducted through a joint effort of DCNR and Wildwood Park. Wonders of Wetlands is a hands-on, inquiry based cross-curriculum on wetlands and water that was developed by Environmental Concern, Inc. of Maryland and conducted in PA by DCNR. This workshop is Act 48 hours approved. Deadline for registration is October 12; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Pre-registration required; Fee: $10 per person


Wildwood's Magical Trail

October 20, 2016 - October 21, 2016

Take a walk on the wild side, where the wildlife is friendly. Kids ages 3 and up 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; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 6:00pm - 7:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $7 per child


Capital Area Greenbelt: Past, Present, and Future

October 22, 2016

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation and the American Association of University Women Harrisburg are partnering to present a program by Patty Landis, President of the Capital Area Greenbelt Association and an avid cyclist who often bikes to work at the PA Department of Education. The illustrated talk will cover the history of the Greenbelt from 1900 through the present, as well as highlights of the route, its connection to Wildwood Park, trail maintenance, funding, and plans for the future. Pre-registration is not required.

When & Where: 1:00pm - 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Kids Discover!

October 30, 2016

A naturalist will lead an outdoor walk for children with lessons and activities about leaves. Ages 5 to 10 and their parents. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 1:30pm - 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $5 per child


Preschool Storytime: Fall at Wildwood!

November 2, 2016

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. Space is limited, so pre-register today at 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: Free


Educator Workshop: Go Teach: Hiking 101

November 3, 2016

Learn how to enable your students to discover nature through an interdisciplinary set of lessons created by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Lessons focus on health, fitness and trip planning; map reading and identifying trails; forest ecology as well as nature journaling. The lessons address several Physical Education & Health standards as well as standards for Geography, Science & Ecology, and the Humanities. This workshop is Act 48 approved. Deadline for registration is November 1. Call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $10 per person


Scout Workshop: Juniors "Animal Habitats"

November 5, 2016
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


Volunteer Work Day

November 12, 2016

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided. To reduce plastic usage bring a water bottle. 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.


Getting Started in Digital Photography

November 12, 2016

This introductory program is designed for adults who would like to get more serious about photography and plan to take future photography classes. The program will introduce the creative triangle elements; help with choosing equipment during this season of gifts, including various models to try out; address different photography styles and help you make the best choices to get the right equipment for the job; and there will be an overview and tips on opportunities for photographing at Wildwood. Bring a notebook and pen for note taking. Bring your current camera gear along if you have any questions. Pre-registration is required. Download form and further information at www.wildwoodlake.org.

When & Where: 9:00am -12:00pm

Fee: Free


Storytime!

November 19, 2016

Join teacher and Friends of Wildwood board member Emily Hand for a fun story session for children ages 2-5. Weather permitting, an outdoor component will be included. Pre-registration is required.

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

Fee: Free


Kids Discover!

November 26, 2016

A naturalist will lead an outdoor walk for children with lessons and activities about animals preparing for winter. Ages 5 to 10 and their parents. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: $5 per child


Late November Bird Walk

November 30, 2016

Come join volunteers, Rick and Peggy Price on this late fall morning walk along the Towpath Trail and north end of the Park to overlook the lake and canal area. Waterfowl and late migrants are possible. Meet at the North Parking Lot. Beginner and experienced participants welcome. Pre-registration not required.

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

Fee: Free


Wreath Workshop

December 3, 2016

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, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while adding some finishing touches. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete one wreath. Bring work gloves and clippers. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $15 per wreath


Natural Ornaments

December 4, 2016

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: 1:00pm - 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $5 per participant


Scout Workshop: Bears "Sharing Your World with Wildlife"

December 10, 2016
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 17, 2016 - December 31, 2016

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. (Closed Dec. 19, 25, 26)

When & Where: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Natural Ornaments

December 18, 2016

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: 1:00pm - 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $5 per participant


Photography Contest Display

December 20, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Visit the Olewine Nature Center during regular business hours to view a display of photographs entered in the Friends of Wildwood annual photography contest.  The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries, which will be displayed at the Olewine Nature Center, on the website, as well as other venues.

When & Where: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


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