Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

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


Tree ID Walk

May 27, 2018

Identifying trees by the bark is a possibility but sometimes difficult. On this walk we will also be aided in the identification of flowers and leaves.

When & Where:
10:30am – 11:30am, meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Fee: Free


Brownie Scout Workshop: Wonderful Water

June 2, 2018

Imagine being a drop of water travelling from clouds to creek to animals to stream and to ocean! During this one-day program scouts will explore the water-cycle through hand-on activities and take a short hike to follow a stream as it flows into Wildwood’s wetland. Scouts will become biologists as they collect and examine stream life. After discussing the importance of water and conservation, scouts will choose specific ways they can help conserve water. Scouts will get wet, so please wear water shoes or old sneakers and pack a towel and change of clothes. Please bring an easy snack, drink and lunch. Register online here.

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


Brownie Scout Workshop: Wonderful Water

June 9, 2018

Imagine being a drop of water travelling from clouds to creek to animals to stream and to ocean! During this one-day program scouts will explore the water-cycle through hand-on activities and take a short hike to follow a stream as it flows into Wildwood’s wetland. Scouts will become biologists as they collect and examine stream life. After discussing the importance of water and conservation, scouts will choose specific ways they can help conserve water. Scouts will get wet, so please wear water shoes or old sneakers and pack a towel and change of clothes. Please bring an easy snack, drink and lunch. Register online here.

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


Volunteer Work Day

June 9, 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: Peak of Blooming

June 10, 2018

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. Registration is not required.

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

Fee: Free


Bird Walk: Nesting Season

June 13, 2018

This bird walk with volunteers Rick and Peg Price will begin at the nature center to explore Wildwood Way and the North Boardwalk, where we will look for ducklings and nesting orioles and redstarts. Meet at the nature center parking lot. Registration is not required.

When & Where: 7:30am-9:30am

Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

June 13, 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


Get in Shape Walk

June 21, 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

June 23, 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


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.


Flower Walk: Still More Blooms

July 8, 2018 Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search for 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. Registration is not required.

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

Fee: Free


FULL 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. Register online here.



Volunteer Work Day

July 14, 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


Stress Relief Walk

July 14, 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:
10:00am – 11:30am; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
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


Fundamentals of Photography I - Boot Camp

July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018

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! 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


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 at www.wildwoodlake.org.

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


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


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