Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Photography Contest Display

December 12, 2017 - January 27, 2018

Visit the Olewine Nature Center to view and vote for your favorite photos! Take a tour of the 100 plus beautiful matted photo entries in the Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest. Winners will be announced Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries. New this year, the People’s Choice awards will be announced on wildwoodlake.org on February 1, 2018. Prizes go to top votes in each category.

When & Where: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm; Olewine Nature Center. Closed 12/24 and Mondays.
Fee: Free


Winter Lecture Series: Northern Bobwhite Quail Reintroduction by Tom Keller

January 16, 2018

The northern bobwhite quail has long been an important part of the spring symphony with its familiar “bob-bob-white” ringing through Pennsylvania’s farms and fields. Within the last quarter century this native bird species has slowly quieted and is now deemed extirpated from the keystone state. The PA Game Commission in partnership with Letterkenny Army Depot, Quail Forever, and multiple others, are leading a cutting-edge effort to reintroduce bobwhites back into Pennsylvania. Join PA Game Commission Biologist Tom Keller to learn more about restoration efforts.


When & Where: 7:00pm-8:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Cadette Girl Scout Workshop: Night Owl

January 27, 2018

Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. As day turns to night, scouts will explore Wildwood, discover the myths surrounding stars, and learn about nocturnal animals. Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night! Please dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Pre-registration and pre-payment required; register online here.

When & Where: 4:00pm-8:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $10 per scout


Winter Lecture Series: Amphibians and Reptiles of Dauphin County - Some Lost, Some Found by Dave McNaughton

January 30, 2018

Records from museums, collections, publications, and early statewide atlas projects list 42 species known to occur in Dauphin County. The current statewide atlas project PARS (Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey) has also documented 42 species in its 6-year ongoing effort. Yet these 42 species are not the same between both lists. Seven species have been added to the county lists and therefore seven species are missing. What happened to our herps over the last 30 to 60 years? David McNaughton, the Assistant Wildlife Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at Fort Indiantown Gap, will discuss all of Dauphin’s species and their habitats, scientific methods for surveying and documenting our species, and some of the resources all of us can use for more information.


When & Where: 7:00pm-8:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Preschool Storytime: Winter at Wildwood!

January 31, 2018

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 online here.


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

Fee: Free


Fly-tying Classes with Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

February 1, 2018

The Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold an 8-week evening course on introductory fly-tying at the Olewine Nature Center. The class will be conducted on 8 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning on February 1st. Instructors include experienced members of Trout Unlimited. All materials generously provided by the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Adults and youth 10 years and older are welcome (under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult). Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; register online here.


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

Fee: Free


Mindfulness Hike

February 4, 2018

Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood. On this hike, the pace will be brisk enough to keep the body warm. We will pause every now and then to observe nature around us. The program will end with a silent walking session. Meet in front of the nature center. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress in layers for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adult. Pre-registration is not required.


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

Fee: Free


Photography Workshop: Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera - Primer

February 10, 2018

In this one-day hands-on workshop Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Services will get you up and running fast with the skills you need to get the most from your camera. We'll take you out of "automatic," but won't overload you with too much detail. This 5-hour investment in your digital SLR will pay dividends over and over as you grow with your camera system. By the end of the day, you’ll be ready to conquer challenging lighting, ensure your colors are spot on, and understand how your lens choice affects your final image. For a list of requirements and what to bring, register online here. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, January 27.


When & Where: 9:00am-2:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $125 per person


Kids Discover: Animals and Their Tracks

February 11, 2018

Join a naturalist to learn the art of tracking. The program starts in the classroom with information on track identification and walking patterns. The group heads outside for a tracking foray to explore park trails in search of a variety of animal tracks. Snow on the ground is helpful but not necessary. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 5-10. Register online here.


When & Where: 1:00pm-2:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $5 per child, parents are free


Winter Lecture Series: Native Pollinators by Mike Slater

February 13, 2018

Most people think of pollination as an example of cooperation between plants and animals, but even though plants and the animals that pollinate them may be completely dependent on each other, they have different goals. Mike Slater, President of the Entomological Society of Pennsylvania, will present a photographic exploration of the diversity of relationships between pollinating animals, especially insects, and the plants they rely on. Saying “it’s complicated” is an understatement! Pre-registration is not required.


When & Where: 7:00pm-8:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 17, 2018

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science program of Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology that relies on people to provide a “snapshot” of bird populations during one weekend in February. Birders from Wildwood and Appalachian Audubon Society will be on hand to help people of all ages learn more about identifying local birds. This is a chance to enjoy winter birds from the warmth of the indoors. Drop by the Nature Center or call 717-221-0292 for more information.


When & Where: Ongoing from 10:00am-4:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Winter Lecture Series: Rearing and Reintroduction of Regal Fritillary Butterflies by Erika McKinney and Tim Becker

February 27, 2018

Regal fritillary butterflies were once common throughout the eastern United States. Now the only remaining population of this beautiful species, east of Indiana, can be found at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Butterfly Biologist Erika McKinney will explain the current work at FIGMR to study and protect this vulnerable population. ZooAmerica Naturalist Tim Becker will describe their cooperative project to propagate regal fritillaries for reintroduction into new areas of Pennsylvania.


When & Where: 7:00pm-8:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Lecture: How We Are Improving Paxton Creek and Wildwood Lake

March 6, 2018

Why is the lake so shallow? Matt Bonanno will lead us through the possibilities for the future of Wildwood Lake in terms of dredging and learn about improvements upstream with the Paxton Creek Joint Pollutant Reduction Plan. 

When & Where: 7:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

March 10, 2018

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. 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. Register online here.


When & Where: 10:00am-1:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Boy and Girl Scout Workshop for Webelos, Juniors, and Higher: Leave No Trace

March 10, 2018

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, discuss 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 examine the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and the techniques behind them. Please dress for the weather. This program will be indoors and outdoors. Register online here.

When & Where: 10:30am-2:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $10 per scout


Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

March 10, 2018

Discover how to use your camera to create the best images possible. During this series of four workshops, Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Service will guide beginners in how to use and apply camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to produce consistent, well-exposed photographs. You will get ideas and inspiration to take creative, beautifully composed images, whether you’re in an exotic, foreign location or in your own backyard. To get the most out of these classes, take the Primer workshop on February 10 in preparation.

Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, February 24. Register online here.


When & Where: March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9 at 9:00am-12:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $250 for the series of 4 classes


Webelo Boy Scout Workshop: Into the Wild

March 17, 2018

Explore the wild and discover the importance of wetland ecosystems. Fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects can all be found at Wildwood. Are they predators or prey?  Scouts will improve their wildlife watching, classification, and identification skills, then use these skills on a hike to observe the diverse wildlife of Wildwood. Register online here.

When & Where: 10:00am-1:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $10 per scout


Junior Girl Scout Workshop: Geocache

March 24, 2018

Discover the excitement of geocaching. During this program, scouts will learn how to use a GPS and explore the basics and etiquette of geocaching. Scouts will then take a geocache adventure through Wildwood. To complete the day, each scout will make a “make to swap” craft. Please dress for the weather. Register online here.

When & Where: 10:00am-1:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $10 per scout


PA Master Naturalist Training

April 3, 2018 - June 19, 2018

In the spring of 2018 Pennsylvania Master Naturalist will work with various partners in Dauphin County to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. This is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components: an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.

The finalized training schedule and application can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at www.pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist.”

For additional information or questions, please contact Ellyn Nolt at enolt@pamasternaturalist.org or (717) 368-4899.

When & Where: 6:00-9:00pm, meet at the Dauphin County Ag & Resource Center at 1451 Peters Mountain Rd., Dauphin, PA 


Volunteer Work Day

April 14, 2018

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. 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. Register online here.


When & Where: 10:00am-1:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Wildwood Way Day Camp

June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Children ages 6 to 8 are invited to explore nature and diverse wildlife at Wildwood Park. They will learn about animal adaptations from how snakes hear to why birds have gizzards. Campers will use binoculars on nature walks; explore wetland, forest, and meadow habitats; and enjoy live animal demonstrations.

When & Where:  9:00am - 3:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $135 per person. Register here.


Junior Naturalist Day Camp

July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018


Campers ages 9 to 11 will learn a variety of naturalist skills. This is a week packed full of fun outdoor activities including canoeing, stream exploration, fishing and hiking. Become a junior naturalist, investigate different habitats and amazing species. 

When & Where: 
9:00am - 3:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $135 per person.  Registration opens January 2, 2018.  Registration will be available online here.



Outdoor Week

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018

Get into the wild! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 14 will uncover the natural world while learning skills important to survival in the outdoors. They will build debris huts, complete an orienteering course, and practice the skill of knot tying. Campers will dive into water by learning about water pollution and prevention, fishing in Paxton Creek, and canoeing down the Susquehanna River! 




When & Where:  9:00am - 3:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $135 per person. Registration opens January 2, 2018.  Register here.





Jumpstart Photography Program for Young Kids - Morning Session

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018

This five half-day workshop jumpstarts younger kids (ages 7-12) to experience the wonders of photography. This class is 30% theory and 70% practice picture taking.  Each student will be loaned a digital camera while exploring the operation and functions of the camera, lighting, and composition.  Each lesson contains an introduction to the project with photography tips tailored to the assignment. The student will learn a single concept and photograph the subject in-the-field or in a classroom setting. This will give your child a great base for jumping into projects where they will actually be practicing their photography and to reinforce the concepts and encourage creativity.

Finally, each lesson culminates in a photo review where we discuss with the individual their best shots, and gives tips on how to improve them.

When & Where: 
Morning Session: Mon-Fri: 9:00am to 11:30pm
Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $75.00

Registration opens January 2, 2018.  Registration will be available online here. More details about this course available at http://photo4kids.org/ 


Jumpstart Photography Program for Young Kids - Afternoon Session

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018

This five half-day workshop jumpstarts younger kids (ages 7-12) to experience the wonders of photography. This class is 30% theory and 70% practice picture taking.  Each student will be loaned a digital camera while exploring the operation and functions of the camera, lighting, and composition.  Each lesson contains an introduction to the project with photography tips tailored to the assignment. The student will learn a single concept and photograph the subject in-the-field or in a classroom setting. This will give your child a great base for jumping into projects where they will actually be practicing their photography and to reinforce the concepts and encourage creativity.

Finally, each lesson culminates in a photo review where we discuss with the individual their best shots, and gives tips on how to improve them.

When & Where: 
Afternoon Session: Mon-Fri: 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $75.00

Registration opens January 2, 2018.  Registration will be available online here. More details about this course available at http://photo4kids.org/ 


Fundamentals of Photography I - Boot Camp

July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Fundamentals of Photography l is the perfect 5-day introductory course for teens (ages 13-17), with a serious interest in photography looking to take better photos.

Here’s an opportunity to gain knowledge in nature and wildlife photography, beginning with the basics of picture-taking using digital SLR digital cameras. Each student will be loaned a digital SLR camera and while exploring lens choices, lighting, and composition of photography. The student will learn about photography in a fun and fact-filled environment. Participants must be able to walk up to 3.5 miles and carry 5-7lbs of camera gear. Some trails and paths are flat groomed surfaces and others are off trail dirt surfaces. Some paths have aggressive steep hills.

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

Fee: $150.00

Registration opens January 2, 2018.  Registration will be available online here. More details about this course available at http://photo4kids.org/ 



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