Wildwood Park Events

Art In The Wild 2018: Exhibit Opens

April 7, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Visit naturally inspired trailside creations along Wildwood Park’s wandering trails and wetlands. Using mostly natural materials, artists have constructed large and small installations. A map-brochure about the exhibit is available.

When & Where:
Dawn until Dusk
Fee: Free


FULL 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. Register online here.


Get in Shape Walk

July 19, 2018

Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the Nature Center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point by the spillway, and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Dauphin County employees should sign in to receive 15 Wellness Rewards points. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where:
6:00pm – 7:30pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Detweiler Park Hike

July 21, 2018


Check out Dauphin County’s newest and largest Nature Park! Dauphin County’s Parks and Recreation Director will lead the hike on the woodsy dirt trails. Meet at the park trailhead located at the Dauphin County Conservation District parking lot at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018. Earn 15 points towards your Wellness Rewards Program.

When & Where: 10:00am - 11:00am, Detweiler Park
Fee: Free


FULL 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. Register online here
. More details about this course available at http://photo4kids.org/.

When & Where:
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 11:30am, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $75.00


FULL 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. Register online here
. More details about this course available at http://photo4kids.org/.

When & Where:
Mon-Fri 1:00pm – 3:30pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $75.00


Educator Workshop: WET on the River

July 26, 2018

FULL - PLEASE EMAIL jwebster@dauphinc.org IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON A WAITING LIST.

Join facilitators from DCNR and Wildwood Park for an exciting educator workshop on the Susquehanna River. This workshop will focus on river and watershed activities from Project WET. Canoes, paddles, PFDs, paddle instruction, and shuttle are included. Experience is not required. All participants will receive the Project WET 2.0 guide that contains over 60 hands-on activities to use with students K-12. Act 48 credit available. This workshop is presented by DCNR- PA State Parks and Dauphin County Parks-Wildwood Park. Questions and more information: call 717-221-0292 ext. 3 or email jwebster@dauphinc.org.
Registration is required; deadline is July 19. Register

here.


Fundamentals of Photography I - Boot Camp

July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JULY 20
Fundamentals of Photography 1 is the perfect 5-day introductory course for teens (ages 13-17), with a serious interest in photography looking to take better photos.

Here is an opportunity to gain knowledge in nature and wildlife photography, beginning with the basics of picture-taking using digital SLR 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 5-7 pounds of camera gear. Some trails and paths are flat, groomed surfaces while others are off-trail, dirt surfaces. Some paths have aggressive steep hills. Register online here
. More details about this course available at http://photo4kids.org/.

When & Where:
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: $150.00


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

August 5, 2018

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. Registration is not required.

When & Where: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

August 8, 2018

Walk off the stress of the work day with a self-guided hike at Wildwood Park. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at your own pace. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Dauphin County employees should sign in to receive 15 Wellness Rewards points. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where:
6:00pm – 7:30pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

August 11, 2018

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves provided. Registration is required for groups of six or more. Go to www.wildwoodlake.org. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.

When & Where: 10:00am-1:00pm

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants

August 12, 2018

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to see some of the wetland plants, such as American Lotus and the Rose Mallows, along the North Boardwalk.  Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail. Registration is not required.

When & Where: 10:30am-12:00pm

Fee: Free


Get in Shape Walk

August 16, 2018 Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the Nature Center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point by the spillway, and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Dauphin County employees should sign in to receive 15 Wellness Rewards points. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where:
6:00pm – 7:30pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Detweiler Park Hike

August 18, 2018


Check out Dauphin County’s newest and largest Nature Park! Meet at the park trailhead for a hike on dirt trail located at the Dauphin County Conservation District parking lot at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018. Earn 15 points towards your Wellness Rewards Program.

When & Where: 10:00am - 11:00am, Detweiler Park
Fee: Free


Reptiles!

August 18, 2018

ZooAmerica will provide an indoor live animal show on Pennsylvania’s native reptiles (plus an alligator) from 10-10:45 a.m.  Afterwards, enjoy a guided walk on the Towpath Trail to see and learn about the turtles of Wildwood. Pre-registration is required, register here.

Where & When: and Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-12pm

Fee: $5


Preschool Storytime: Summer at Wildwood!

August 22, 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. Register here.

When & Where: 10:00am-10:45am

Fee: Free



Sunday Evening Bird Walk

September 2, 2018

Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price for this early September evening walk. The walk will begin at the South Parking Lot, where we will look for shorebirds, and continue on the Towpath Trail. Registration is not required.

When & Where: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Fee: Free


Gallery Walk Exhibit

September 9, 2018 One of twenty plus local art display stops for the annual gallery walk hosted by the Art Association of Harrisburg. Stop by the Olewine Nature Center and enjoy award-winning photographs from the Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest. Tour the Art in the Wild trailside exhibits or the indoor video by CASA, plus wildlife photographs by local artists. Refreshments served. 

Where & When: Wildwood Park dawn to dusk, Olewine Nature Center 10am-4pm
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

September 12, 2018

Walk off the stress of the work day with a self-guided hike at Wildwood Park. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at your own pace. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Dauphin County employees should sign in to receive 15 Wellness Rewards points. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where:
6:00pm – 7:30pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Brownie Scout Program: Bugs

September 15, 2018

Explore the world of bugs and discover their important roles in our environment. Scouts will examine insect habitats while on a short hike and take a closer look at these amazing creatures by catching and identifying the diverse insects that make Wildwood their home.  Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.


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


Get in Shape Walk

September 20, 2018 Walking is a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park on level trails. This walk starts at the Nature Center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point by the spillway, and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Dauphin County employees should sign in to receive 15 Wellness Rewards points. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where:
6:00pm – 7:30pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Multi-Level Girl Scout Program for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors: Outdoor Art Badges

October 6, 2018

Each year Wildwood Park hosts artists who create art in along our trails. Examine Art in the Wild pieces, meet an artist, take a hike for inspiration, then create your own art to help fulfill requirements for the appropriate badge.  Join us for this fun, multi scout-level program. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.


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


Wolves Scout Program: Paws on Path

October 20, 2018

Before Wolves can put their paws on the path they must be prepared.   Determine the skills needed for hiking and the essential items to pack for short and long hikes. Then, take a hike and discover the birds and insects that live at Wildwood. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.


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


Tiger Scout Program: New My Tiger Jungle

November 3, 2018

Take an adventure into the park to discover the plants and animals that live in Wildwood’s wetland and forest habitats.   A hike will provide the opportunity to see many different plants and animals.  Then, use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at a smaller, mini-habitat. What animals and plants live in a 1-foot area of the park?  Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.


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


Junior Scout Program: Animal Habitats

November 17, 2018

During this program, scouts will discover the diverse wildlife of Wildwood Park while exploring their habitats. Scouts will also examine endangered habitats and brainstorm ways to conserve them. A craft and tips for improving habitat in their own backyards will be included. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.


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


Cadette Scout Program: Night Owls

January 19, 2019

Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time.  Explore Wildwood as day turns into night.  How are animals adapted to the dark of night?  How did past cultures explain the moon and the stars?  Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night! Please bring a drink, snack and dinner. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.


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


Webloes Scout Program: Into the Wild

February 16, 2019

Explore the wild and discover the importance of wetlands-even in the winter! A diverse community of wildlife live in Wildwood. How do they survive the winter?  Scouts will improve wildlife watching, classification and identification skills and use these skills as they hike and explore Wildwood in the winter. Please bring a snack, lunch and a drink. Wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. If snow is on the ground, please wear snow boots.

When & Where:  10am-1pm   Wildwood Park   Meet at Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $10.00 per scout  Register here









Boy and Girl Scouts: Juniors, Webloes and higher Scout Program: Leave No Trace

March 9, 2019

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 bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.

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


Bear Scout Program: Fur, Ferns,and Feathers

March 16, 2019

Why are some animals endangered or extinct? In this adventure, scouts will examine the fascinating world of plants and animals and take a hike to search for signs of the wild plant and animals that live at Wildwood! Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.

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


Junior Girl Scout Program: Geocache

March 23, 2019

Discover the excitement of geocaching. With 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, scout will create a “make to swap” craft. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.

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


Webloes Scout Program: Into the Woods

April 6, 2019

Did you ever wonder what the woods would be like without trees?  Discover the many wood products we use every day, and the important role trees play in our environment. Explore the growth rings of a tree trunk to tell its life story.  Learn to identify native trees as we hike the park and develop a plan to care for a plant and then take it home and plant it! Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.

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


Brownie Scout Program: Hiker

May 18, 2019

Did you know that there are trail symbols that you can make with just rocks or sticks to help others stay on the trail or to warn them of danger? During this Wildwood adventure, scouts will learn about hiking safety and take a hike to explore the park.  Then, they will learn about trail symbols and create their own trail for others to follow.   Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register here.

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


Brownie Scout Program: Wonderful Water

June 1, 2019

Imagine being a drop of water travelling from clouds to creek to animals to stream and to ocean! During this program scouts will explore the water-cycle through hands-on activities and take a short hike to follow a stream as it flows into Wildwood’s wetland.  Scouts will become biologists as they go into the stream to collect and examine the small creatures that live in Wildwood’s stream.  After discussing the importance of water and conservation, scouts will choose specific ways they can help conserve water. Scouts should dress for the weather and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. They should bring water shoes or old sneakers to wear in the water and pack a towel and change of clothes. Remember to bring a drink, snack and lunch. Register here.

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


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