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.


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


CANCELLED: 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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