Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Win A Canon Rebel Digital SL1 Camera

October 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017

$10 per ticket! Checks payable to “Friends of Wildwood”
Join us for the drawing at the Photo Contest Reception on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM The prize is a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital Camera with 18-55 mm lens and extra 16 GB memory card.
All proceeds benefit Friends of Wildwood whose mission is to support Wildwood Park.
Location: Olewine Nature Center, Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Winner need not be present.
Friends of Wildwood, license number 667


Holiday Gift Ideas from the Olewine Nature Center

November 3, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Gift memberships to Friends of Wildwood include reciprocal memberships with many nature centers throughout the US; quarterly newsletter; 10% discount at the Nature Shop; and special Friends-only programs. There are membership levels to fit every budget. New this year - dog memberships!
Memorial bricks can be used to commemorate an occasion, honor or memorialize a friend or family member.
Turtle “Adoptions” support Painted Turtle research at Wildwood Park.
The Nature Shop has books, toys, gifts, and more. Purchases help Friends of Wildwood support the park and nature center.
Download Flyer
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed November 11 and 24, December 25


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: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm; Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Winter Lecture Series: Things With Wings; Hummingbirds: Jewels of the Air by Sandy Lockerman

January 3, 2017

Hummingbirds have intrigued man for centuries with their brilliant color and mind-boggling flying abilities. Come learn about some of these behaviors and how scientists are trying to unlock their secrets. Discover the difference between fact and fiction in the hummingbird world. Sandy Lockerman is a field ornithologist and licensed bird bander and one of Wildwood Park’s environmental educators.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Fee: Free


Mindfulness Hike

January 8, 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. Pre-registration is not required. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress in layers for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adult.

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

Fee: Free


Farm Show Week Walks with Shaver's Creek

January 10, 2017 - January 13, 2017

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation and Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center are partnering to provide daily naturalist-led walks at Wildwood Park during the week of the Farm Show. Join a Shaver’s Creek Environmental Educator for afternoon walks and get their perspective on what’s happening during the winter at Wildwood.  Meet at the Olewine Nature Center.  Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Fee: Free


Winter Lecture Series: Things With Wings; Those Dazzling Dragonflies! by Tony Schach

January 17, 2017

A presentation by Tony “Doc” Schach about these iconic insects will focus on their anatomy, life cycle, indication of water quality, identification, and their place in the food chain of the wetlands. Local species of dragonflies and damselflies will be presented, helping with identification of common ones seen in central Pennsylvania. Information will be given on field guides for identification and questions about photographing these beautiful creatures will be addressed.

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

Fee: Free


Cabin Fever Walk

January 21, 2017

Join a 3-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat cabin fever.  Along the way learn about how to prepare for a day on the trail.  Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Front of Olewine Nature Center, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Fee: Free


Kids Discover: Animals and Their Tracks

January 22, 2017 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 will head 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.  Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292

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

Fee: $5 per child, parents are free


Winter Lecture Series: Things With Wings; Great Backyard Bird Count by Amy Weidensaul & Kim Schubert

January 24, 2017

Learn how to be part of the Great Backyard Bird Count – a worldwide citizen-science project that you can do in your own backyard!  During this presentation, you will learn about the common birds in the area, and gain the skills needed for bird identification and counting. Don’t have many birds in your yard? This lecture will also cover ways to attract more birds to your yard, including bird feeders and native plants.  Amy Weidensaul is Director of Community Conservation and Education for Audubon Pennsylvania and Kim Schubert is Project Coordinator for Audubon Pennsylvania.

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

Fee: Free


Preschool Storytime: Winter at Wildwood!

January 25, 2017

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. Please enjoy your snacks before the program to limit distraction during storytime. Space is limited, so pre-register today at 717-221-0292. 

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

Fee: Free


Winter Lecture Series: Things With Wings; Plight of the Egret by Dennis Small

January 31, 2017

Wade Island, near the Route 81 Bridge over the Susquehanna, hosts a large rookery of egrets, night herons, and cormorants. But the rookery could disappear in the future. What will happen to the birds? The Pennsylvania Game Commission has looked for solutions by studying competition for nesting and changes to the island made by the river. What started out photographing birds of Wade Island has turned into a 5 ½ year photographic study of the lives and habits of these birds for Dennis Small. Photographing from a boat gave him an idea why they may like this island. In addition to being a photographer, Small is also an explorer and a story teller. The program will feature much of his stunning photography. 

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

Fee: Free


Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera - Primer

February 4, 2017 Cameras with interchangeable lenses are available at modest price points, but learning how to use them takes an investment of effort. In this primer class, beginners will learn camera functions, basic photographic terminology, and composition techniques that will make better photographs. They will gain the background necessary to continue their photography education. Note requirements on registration form. Bring a notebook, and pen/pencil, lunch, and drink. Pre-registration and prepayment are required and space is limited. Download registration form at www.wildwoodlake.org or call 717-221-0292. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, January 21. 

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-3:00pm

Fee: $120


Mindfulness Hike

February 5, 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. Pre-registration is not required. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress in layers for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adult.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-11:30am

Fee: Free


Let's Learn about Groundhogs

February 5, 2017

Groundhog Day just passed so let’s learn about Groundhogs! Children will have the opportunity to explore the legend of Punxsutawney Phil, PA’s famous groundhog, while also learning about groundhogs through activities. This program is appropriate for children ages 5 – 10. Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: $5 per child


Winter Lecture Series: Things With Wings; Home Sweet Home: Grassland Raptor Conservation at Milton Hershey by Nate McKelvie & Tim Becker

February 7, 2017

The abundant agricultural lands in the Hershey area that supported the creation of a chocolate company, its town, and residential school, have long been home to numerous PA grassland raptor species. As development and habitat loss take their toll on these populations, Hershey has remained a hot spot in the state for nesting Barn Owls and American Kestrels. Come join Nate McKelvie from Milton Hershey School and Tim Becker from Zoo America for an engaging discussion about their collaborative efforts to monitor and grow these populations that call Hershey properties home. Expect to encounter live raptors, examples of, and plans for nest boxes, and bring your questions and stories to contribute to the conversation!

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

Fee: Free


Kids Discover: Animals Under the Snow

February 11, 2017

Children will enjoy a story read by a park naturalist with some hands-on activities. Dress for the weather; an outside walk may happen, weather permitting. This program is suitable for children ages 5-9 and their parents. To pre-register, please call 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: $5 per child, parents are free


Educator Workshop; Go Teach: GPS

February 16, 2017

GO Teach is a series of teacher workshops that focus on cross-curricular connections linked by a common outdoor recreation. This workshop presents a set of standards-based lessons that enable middle and high school students to learn about global positioning system (GPS) technology and how to use it for healthy lifelong recreation. As a part of the workshop, teachers will receive lesson plans, ACT 48 hours, and access to loaner equipment to help facilitate the lessons on their school grounds. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292 by February 9.

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

Fee: $10 per person


Great Backyard Bird Count!

February 18, 2017

Drop in to join Appalachian Audubon Society and Dauphin County Parks and Recreation for this citizen science program. Young people ages 6–16 are encouraged to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Loaner binoculars will be available for those who need them. Adult volunteers and experienced teen birders will be onsite to assist anyone new to birding or counting techniques. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is requested at 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: Free


Bird Adaptations

February 18, 2017

Join a naturalist to learn about the adaptations different birds have to their habitats. Preserved bird wings and skulls will be available in this hands-on activity. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 1:00pm-1:45pm

Fee: Free


Bird Behavior

February 18, 2017

Join a naturalist to learn about the bird behavior by participating in fun simulation games. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 2:00pm-2:45pm

Fee: Free


Cabin Fever Walk

February 19, 2017

Join a 3-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat cabin fever.  Along the way learn about how to prepare for a day on the trail.  Pre-registration is not required.

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

Fee: Free


Saturday Storytime!

February 25, 2017

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.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-11:00am

Fee: Free


Fundamentals of Digital Photography, a 4-Day Course

March 4, 2017

Saturday, March 4, April 1, May 13, and June 3 (includes 4 sessions)

Adult students ages 16 and over who are new or fairly recent users of DSLR cameras, will go beyond just taking snapshots. Through in-the-field practice, classroom lecture, and critiques, students will become fluent with digital SLR cameras, learn about composition and light, as well as shutter speed and aperture with the creative controls. Recommended prerequisite: “Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera - Primer” on February 4.

Pre-registration and prepayment are required and space is limited. Download information, list of required equipment, and registration form at www.wildwoodlake.org or call 717-221-0292. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, February 25.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 9:00am-12:00pm

Fee: $250 per person


Volunteer Work Day

March 11, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Bear Boy Scout Workshop: Fur, Feathers and Ferns

March 18, 2017

In this Bear adventure, go on a search for signs of mammals, birds, and other wildlife. Discover why some animals have become endangered or extinct. Closely examine the fascinating world of plants and find out how plant waste can be helpful. Sharpen your observation skills and describe what you uncover about fur, feathers, and ferns at Wildwood Park! Ideas to help create a backyard vegetable or herb garden will be included! Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form at www.wildwoodlake.org.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Flower Walk: Cold Tolerant Plants

March 19, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to seek out the Skunk Cabbage. On the way to the North Boardwalk, we may see other cold tolerant plants and anything left over from the winter. A few trees should be flowering. Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Meet in front of Olewine Nature Center, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Cold Tolerant Plants

March 19, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to seek out the Skunk Cabbage.  On the way to the North Boardwalk, we may see other cold tolerant plants and anything left over from the winter.  A few trees should be flowering.  Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Fee: Free


Tiger Boy Scout Workshop: Tigers in the Wild

March 25, 2017

Venture out into the wild and discover the animals and plants that inhabit Wildwood. Before you go on your adventure it is important to learn how to prepare for a hike and understand the principles of “Leave No Trace”. Tigers will learn how to search for signs of animals and identify trees and plants. The program will include a hike around the park to find different kinds of plants and animals and record them on the Tiger handbook worksheets. Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form at www.wildwoodlake.org.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Workshop for All Girl & Boy Scouts: Leave No Trace

April 1, 2017

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 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.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Clean Up Your Earth Day

April 8, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Dutchman's breeches & Trout Lilies

April 9, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to look for early spring flowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, trout lilies, spring beauties and flowering trees.  Learn interesting facts about these early spring bloomers.   Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Fee: Free


Brownie Scout Workshop: Wonderful Water

April 22, 2017

This program is designed to facilitate the WOW journey.

Scouts will learn conservation techniques and how important water is to us. 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. 

Be sure to wear water shoes or old sneakers. You may also want to pack a towel and change of clothes.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Wetlands Festival

April 29, 2017

Celebrate Wildwood Park’s treasured wetlands with a day of free, fun, and educational activities. Enjoy live music, special wildlife exhibits, displays, used nature book sale, as well as a great representation of local and regional environmental organizations. There is something for everyone. Activities and programs are designed for families, children and adults. Event details are available in March at the Olewine Nature Center and at www.wildwoodlake.org.

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

Fee: Free


Brownie Scout Workshop: Wonderful Water

May 13, 2017

This program is designed to facilitate the WOW journey. 

Scouts will learn conservation techniques and how important water is to us. 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.  

Be sure to wear water shoes or old sneakers. You may also want to pack a towel and change of clothes.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

May 13, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Jack in the Pulpits & Other Spring Flowers

May 14, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search for Jack in the Pulpits. Learn the interesting facts about the Jack in the Pulpit and why it could also be known as “Jill in the Pulpit”.  Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Fee: Free


Webelo Boy Scout Workshop: Into the Wild

May 20, 2017

Journey into the wild and explore the creatures that inhabit Wildwood. 

Before exploring scouts, will improve wildlife watching skills and work on 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.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Brownie Scout Workshop: Bugs & Hiker

June 3, 2017

Scouts will explore the wonderful world of bugs and learn how remarkable they are and how much they do for our planet. The day will begin with exploring an insect habitat, followed by catching and 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.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

June 10, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming

June 11, 2017

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.  Meet at the North Lot, pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-12:00pm

Fee: Free


Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 6-8)

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017

Children ages 6 to 8 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations.

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

Fee: $115 per person

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Space is limited, so register early by calling 717-221-0292.


Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 6-8)

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Children ages 6 to 8 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations.

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

Fee: $115 per person

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.Space is limited, so register early by calling 717-221-0292.


Volunteer Work Day

July 8, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Still More Blooms

July 9, 2017

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search and 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. Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-12:00pm

Fee: Free


Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 9-11)

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017

Campers ages 9 to 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. 

Where & When:LakeOlewine Nature Center, 9:00am-3:00pm

Fee: $115 per person

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Space is limited, so register early by calling 717-221-0292.


Outdoor Week (ages 12-14)

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Get into the wild! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 14 will discover the natural world while learning skills like building a debris hut, fishing, identifying wild edibles, and canoeing on the Susquehanna River. 

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

Fee: $115 per person

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Space is limited, so register early by calling 717-221-0292.


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

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017

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. Space is limited. Registration opens January 1 at hcckids.org.

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

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 1, 2017 at hcckids.org


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

July 31, 2017 - August 4, 2017

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. Space is limited. Registration opens January 1 at hcckids.org.

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

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 1, 2017 at hcckids.org


Volunteer Work Day

August 12, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants

August 13, 2017

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. Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 10:30am-12:00pm

Fee: Free


Cadette Girl Scout Workshop: Night Owl

August 26, 2017

Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time.  With modern urbanization it’s easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world when the sun goes down.  So grow your imagination and expand what you know.  Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night!  Note:  This program takes place from 4:30pm-9:00pm.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 4:30pm-9:00pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

September 9, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Goldenrods, Asters, & Other Fall Surprises

September 10, 2017

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. Pre-registration is not required.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Fee: Free


Webelo Boy Scout Workshop: Into the Woods

September 16, 2017

Did you ever wonder what  the woods would be like without trees?  Participants will discover the many products manufactured from wood that we use every day, and the important role trees play in the delicate balance of our 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.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Celebrate Wildwood & the Walk for Wildlife

September 24, 2017 Join in the celebration of Wildwood Park! Discover turtle tagging, bird banding, butterfly tagging and more. Kids will love the scavenger hunt with fun learning stations. For a fee, paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or enjoy food vendors. Friends of Wildwood will hold a Used Nature Book Sale. The afternoon includes the Walk for Wildlife. Enjoy an autumn walk while helping support wildlife at Wildwood Park.


 Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 12:00pm-4:00pm

Fee: Free


Workshop for All Girl & Boy Scouts: Wizard Herb

October 7, 2017

Take a magical adventure into the wizarding world of herbology at Wildwood Park!  Visit different places where you can create a potion, taste test edible plants, make a craft, and discover the mysteries of the flying squirrel.  Also, enjoy some magical entertainment.  Come to Wildwood Park for this magical and wonderful day to earn a fun badge.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

October 14, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


Wolf Boy Scout Workshop: Paws on the Path

October 21, 2017 Before Wolves can put their paws on the path they must first learn how to prepare for a hike.  In this adventure find out what equipment and skills are essential to take along on a hike.  Also, learn how to identify birds and insects that you might encounter while hiking.  The program will include a hike around the park.  “Leave No Trace”, identification skills, and journaling will also be practiced

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Junior Girl Scout Workshop: Animal Habitats

November 4, 2017

Using Wildwood Park as our study site, scouts will 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, and learn what environmental challenges animals face and how we can help them.

Crafts and ideas to help create a healthy animal habitat in their very own backyards will be included!

 Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm

Fee: $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

November 11, 2017

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; 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.

Where & When: Meet in Front of Olewine Nature Center, 10:00am-1:00am

Fee: Free


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