Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Photo Contest

October 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017

The Friends of Wildwood are accepting photos taken within Dauphin County’s Wildwood Park. All photographs must be submitted by Wednesday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. Each entrant may submit up to 2 photos. Mat kits are available in the nature center’s gift shop. Review official contest rules at the nature center or download here.




Wreath Workshop

December 2, 2017

Make an evergreen wreath out of natural materials. Everything will be supplied to make a 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


Winter Bird Walk

December 2, 2017

Join volunteer Audrey Zajac for a winter bird walk to see what birds are active around the nature center and along the North Boardwalk. Many songbirds survive the Pennsylvania winter by searching for seeds and hidden insects. Waterfowl can be seen at Wildwood as long as there is open water. Pre-registration is not required.


When & Where: 8:00am-10:30am, meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Mindfulness Hike

December 3, 2017

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: 8:00am-10:30am, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Natural Ornaments

December 3, 2017

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


Natural Ornaments

December 10, 2017

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 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 after the display ends on 1/27/18. 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 Discovery at Wildwood Park

December 16, 2017 - December 31, 2017

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. 18, 24, 25)

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



Natural Ornaments

December 17, 2017

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


Mindfulness Hike

January 7, 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


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; download form 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 today at 717-221-0292.


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; call 717-221-0292.


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, see the registration form 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


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.


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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form 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.

For a list of requirements and details on individual session topics, see the registration form here. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, February 24.


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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form here.

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


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