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.


Flower Walk: Jack in the Pulpit and Other Spring Flowers

May 8, 2016
Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search for Jack in the Pulpit. Learn the interesting facts about the Jack in the Pulpit and why it could also be known as “Jill in the Pulpit”.
When & Where: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

May 11, 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. 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: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Voulnteer Work Day

May 14, 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. In efforts to reduce plastic usage bring along a water bottle, refreshments will be available. 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: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Scout Program: "Wonderful Water" Brownies

May 14, 2016
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL, BUT AN ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP HAS BEEN ADDED SATURDAY, APRIL 23
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 and much more as they explore the science of water and get wet while collecting and examining the creatures living in Wildwood’s lake and streams.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


Bird Walk: Songbirds

May 21, 2016
Take a Saturday morning bird walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac to search for songbirds and other nesting birds. The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and Wildwood Way.
When & Where: 8:00 am - 10:00 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Scout Program: "Leave No Trace" for Boy Scouts

May 21, 2016
OPEN To All Boy Scouts: Leave No Trace is a program designed for students to learn important outdoor skills and wilderness etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, several ways to minimize their impact on the environment, and learn what kind of gear to bring with them on a trip. Scouts will also be able to recite the 7 principles of “Leave No Trace” and the techniques behind them. Dress for the weather; this program will take place outdoors.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


The Mysteries of the Harrisburg State Hospital Grounds

May 26, 2016

You’ve driven past it a hundred times. Now join Architectural Historian Dan Deibler for a fascinating bicycle tour of the beautiful grounds, curious buildings, and Asylum Run. This 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.
Where & When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Meet at the parking lot for the PA Department of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron Street. From Cameron Street, turn onto Azalea Drive, then turn right, following the sign for Visitor Parking. 
Pre-registration: requested at 717-221-0292.
Fee: Free


Scout Program: “Bugs & Hiker” Brownies

June 4, 2016
Scouts will explore the wonderful world of bugs to learn how remarkable they are and how much they do for our planet. The day will begin with exploring insect homes, followed by 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.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


Beginner’s Yoga and Walk

June 5, 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 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


Stress Relief Walk

June 8, 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. 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: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Early Morning Bird Walk

June 10, 2016
This bird walk, led by volunteers Rick and Peg Price, will begin at the nature center. Participants will explore Wildwood Way and the North Boardwalk.
When & Where: 7:30 am – 9:30 am; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration: not required
Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

June 11, 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. In efforts to reduce plastic usage bring along a water bottle, refreshments will be available. 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: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Explore Wildwood: An Outdoor Family Adventure

June 11, 2016 - June 26, 2016
Celebrate summer with a family adventure at Wildwood Park. Stop by the nature center to pick up a packet, then head out on the boardwalks to explore the natural world of Wildwood. Stop at stations along the way and use clues in the packet to solve some of nature’s mysteries. After the adventure, visit the nature center for an explanation of the challenges. The adventure covers the Delta and North Boardwalks for a total of about 1.5 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


Fundamentals of Digital Photography 5-day Course

June 11, 2016 - October 15, 2016

Wildwood Photography Workshop Series, 2016
Sign up for Wildwood Photo Workshops today! Space is limited.
Wildwood Park has much to offer photographers including unusual wetland plants, varied landscapes and wildlife. To help beginners take advantage of all Wildwood has to offer, Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Services will teach digital photography classes at the park. Each class builds on information in the previous session.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography 5-day Course Dates (includes 5 sessions): Saturday, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 15, 2016
Target Participants: This workshop is for adults ages 18 and over who are new or fairly recent users of DSLR cameras. Skill Level: Beginners
Designed for beginning level digital photographers, this workshop will teach students how to become fluent with digital SLR cameras (controls, options, custom functions, etc). We will also discuss composition and light, shutter speed and aperture with the creative controls (Manual, Aperture, and Shutter Priority).
This workshop will contain “practical” hands-on and in-the-field sessions in order to enhance the learning process. The goal is for students to learn to use DSLR cameras with predictable and repeatable results, and to begin to communicate through photography instead of just taking snapshots. Through in-the-field, classroom lecture, and critiques, this workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level.
When & Where: 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch on your own, 12 - 1 pm); Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration: required; Download, complete and return form; call 717-221-0292; or visit nature center. Send fee with registration form. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, May 28. Space is limited.
Fee: $250


Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming

June 12, 2016
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: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; meet at the North Lot
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Nature Explorers Day Camp (ages 5-6)

June 14, 2016 - June 16, 2016
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


Saturday Morning Bird Walk

June 18, 2016
Want to learn about birds? Join volunteer Audrey Zajac on this beginners bird walk and discover what birds are at Wildwood. The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and around the nature center.
When & Where: 8:00 am – 10:00 am; meet at the nature center 
Pre-registration: not required
Fee: Free


Educator Workshop: Susquehanna Watershed Tour

June 22, 2016
Join facilitators from DCNR-Bureau of State Parks and Wildwood Park for an educator workshop on the Susquehanna River. History, land use, and water quality will be covered while canoeing from Fort Hunter to West Fairview. Participants will receive lesson plans for classroom activities. Act 48 hours available for those who complete a pre-workshop assignment.
When & Where: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm; meeting location will be sent with confirmation
Pre-registration: required; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $10 per person


PROGRAM FULL: Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 7-9)

June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016
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


Beginner's Yoga and Walk

July 3, 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 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 am - 11:30 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

July 9, 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: 10:00 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

July 10, 2016

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.
When & Where: 6pm-8pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Still More Blooms

July 10, 2016 Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to 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.
When & Where: 10:30 am – 12:00 pml; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


PROGRAM FULL: Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 10-11)

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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


Stress Relief Walk

July 13, 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: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Science Series (ages 10-15)

July 19, 2016 - July 22, 2016
This 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: naturalist tools, water quality, bird biology, and insects. 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: Outdoor Week (ages 12-15)

July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016
Get into the wild! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 15 will discover the natural world while learning skills like building a debris hut, fishing, identifying wild edibles, and canoeing on a creek or 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


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

August 1, 2016 - August 5, 2016

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.
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, 2016.
Space is limited, so don't delay!


Late Summer Morning Bird Walk

August 6, 2016
Walk on the North Boardwalk this morning with volunteer Audrey Zajac and learn about the birds of Wildwood Park. Search for phoebes, wrens, orioles, catbirds, and maybe even a scarlet tanager. 
When & Where: 8:00 am – 10:00 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Beginner’s Yoga and Walk

August 7, 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 the front of the nature center. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.
When & Where: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm; meet at nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

August 10, 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


Volunteer Work Day

August 13, 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. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle. 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


Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants

August 14, 2016
Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to see some of the wetland plants, such as American Lotus and the Rose Malloows, along the North Boardwalk. Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 12 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Preschool Storytime: Summer at Wildwood!

August 17, 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.
When & Where: 10am- 10:45am; Meet in the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; Call 717-221-0292
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 “Forester” 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. How tall is the tallest tree? How big around is the largest tree? What can we learn about history from trees? Is fire ever good for a tree? These are among the topics this workshop covers. Scouts will learn how to identify 10 native trees of Pennsylvania and various plants that are 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 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


Take this opportunity to celebrate Wildwood Park. Discover the park’s three wildlife initiatives: turtle research, bird banding, and monarch butterfly tagging. Enjoy musical performances and for a small fee paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or enjoy fresh caramel apples. Friends of Wildwood will hold a Used Nature Book Sale. A Friends of Wildwood members-only pre-sale will begin at 11am. Discounted memberships available on-site. The afternoon 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


Walk for Wildwood

September 25, 2016
The Friends of Wildwood and Dauphin County Parks are pleased to announce the Walk for Wildwood. This fundraiser features a fun and educational three-mile trail walk around Wildwood Park. On the walk, enjoy trailside learning stations. Don’t forget to stop at the Pinnacle Health nurse station to check your blood pressure. After the walk, enjoy the Celebrate Wildwood activities. Families, exercise enthusiasts, dog walkers, and runners are all encouraged to participate. Registration begins at noon and the walk kicks off at 1:00 pm. Donate at www.wildwoodlake.org.
When & Where: 1:00 pm; front of nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free; donations encouraged


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