Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Art In The Wild 2017: Exhibit Open

April 8, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Visit naturally inspired trailside creations of this environmental outdoor art exhibit sited along Wildwood Park’s wandering trails and water pools. Using mostly natural materials, artists have constructed large and small installations. A map-brochure about the exhibit is available.

When & Where: Dawn until Dusk; Throughout the park

Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Wildwood Photography Contest

July 26, 2017 - November 30, 2017 The Friends of Wildwood are accepting photos taken within Dauphin County’s Wildwood Park that reflect wetland habitat, and/or fauna, and convey the conservation values of 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.


Get in Shape Walk

August 17, 2017

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 and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

August 20, 2017

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. Pre-registration is not required.


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

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.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 4:30pm-9:00pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Kids Discover: Insects

September 2, 2017

A naturalist will lead an outdoor walk for children with lessons and activities about insects. Part of the walk will include students becoming biologists and surveying an area for wildlife. Ages 5 to 10 and their parents. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.


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

Fee: $5 per child


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

September 3, 2017

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. Pre-registration is not required.


Where & When: Meet at the South Park Lot by the Tow Path, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Fee: Free


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


Stress Relief Walk

September 13, 2017

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. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org

for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Meet at the Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required

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.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Get in Shape Walk

September 21, 2017

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 and returns by the same route, avoiding the hills on the east side of the park. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.

When & Where: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Celebrate Wildwood & the Walk for Wildwood

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 Wildwood. Enjoy an autumn walk while helping support Wildwood Park. 
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 12:00pm-4:00pm
Fee: Free


Bird Walk: Migration

October 3, 2017

Located in the Appalachian Mountains and part of the Atlantic Flyway, Detweiler Park offers a stopover location for migrating birds. Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price, and Eli DePaulis for this exploratory morning walk on the park’s trails. The walk will begin at the Detweiler Park trailhead, located at the lower gravel parking lot of the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA. Beginner and experienced participants welcome. Wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration not required

Where & When: Detweiler Park, 8:15am - 10:15am

Pre-registration: Not required

Fee: Free


Workshop for All Girl & Boy Scouts: Wizard Herbs and Animals

October 7, 2017

Take a magical adventure into the mysterious world of plants and animals. Discover the sweet and “smelly” scents of wild animals and plants, create your own “scent”, make a “potion” from plants, and more. The day ends with a visit from some of the amazing and mysterious animals of ZooAmerica. Come to Wildwood Park for this magical and wonderful experience. Bring a lunch and drink, as well as a morning snack that can be eaten while you move from station to station.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Tree ID Walk

October 8, 2017

Join Cara Martinez-Williams for a leisurely walk with a focus on trees.  Become familiar with a variety of species around the nature center while enjoying fall foliage. Pre-registration is not required.


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

Fee: Free


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


Detweiler Park Hike

October 19, 2017

Visit Dauphin County’s newest gem, Detweiler Park, to learn about the diversity of plants, animals and their habitats that make its preservation such an achievement for conservation. Join Naturalist Jane Webster for a 4-mile hike through forests and fields. Elevation gain is about 400 feet. Meet in the lower gravel parking lot of the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA. Bring snacks and water and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.


Where & When: Detweiler Park, 9:00am - 11:30am

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.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center
1:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Preschool Storytime: Fall at Wildwood!

October 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. Space is limited, so pre-register today at 717-221-0292.

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

Fee: Free


Night at the Nature Center

October 28, 2017

Take an after-hours walk in the Olewine Nature Center, where the exhibit hall critters come to life! Kids ages 3 and up will meet these fun talking animals. The evening will conclude around a campfire to make s’mores and sip apple cider. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal or in a Halloween costume, and don’t forget your trick or treat bag! Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.

Where & When: Olewine Nature Center; 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm and 7:30pm

Fee: $5 per participant


Getting Started with Digital Photography

November 4, 2017

This introductory program is designed for adults who would like to get more serious about photography and plan to take future photography classes. The program will introduce the creative triangle elements; help with choosing equipment during this season of gifts; address different photography styles and help you make the best choices to get the right equipment for the job. There will be an overview and tips on opportunities for photographing at Wildwood. Bring a notebook and pen. Bring your current camera gear along if you have any questions. Pre-registration is required.  Download form and further information at www.wildwoodlake.org.

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

Fee: Free


Full Moon Hike

November 4, 2017

Soak up the spirit of the night with a guided walk on the North Boardwalk. Brave the moonlit path as your eyes adjust to the darkness and the rustling wind blows through the trees. Begin in the Olewine Pavilion by the nature center with a short program to discover nocturnal animals. All ages are welcome to attend this not-so-scary and easy 1.5-mile walk. Pre-registration required; call 717-221-0292.

Where & When: Olewine Pavilion, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Fee: $5 per participant


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!

Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form
Where & When: Olewine Nature Center 10:30am-2:30pm
Fee: $10 per scout


Beginner's Yoga & Walk

November 5, 2017

Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood at a pace that will warm the body with stops along the way for simple yoga exercises. The walk will begin in the front of the nature center. Pre-registration is not required. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.

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

Fee: Free


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


Bird Walk: Waterfowl

November 15, 2017

Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price on this late fall morning walk along the Towpath Trail and north end of the Park to overlook the lake and canal area. Waterfowl and late migrants are possible. Meet at the North Parking Lot. Beginner and experienced participants welcome. Pre-registration not required.

Where & When: North Parking Lot, 8:00am - 10:00am

Fee: Free


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, and 12:00pm
Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $15 per wreath


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 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 7, 2018 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 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


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