Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Art In The Wild Exhibit OPEN

April 11, 2015 - October 31, 2015

Visit the 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 on site.
When & Where: Dawn till dusk, throughout the park.
Fee: Free.


Explore Wildwood: An Outdoor Family Adventure

May 30, 2015 - June 7, 2015
Celebrate Pennsylvania Hiking Week with a family adventure at Wildwood Park. Stop by the nature center to pick up a packet, then head out on the 3.1 mile loop trail to explore the natural world of Wildwood. Stop at stations along the way to complete naturalist challenges. After the adventure, visit the nature center for and explanation of the challenges. This activity is suitable for family teams and small groups of friends.
Download flyer
When & Where: 10 am – 4 pm; start at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration:  Not required
Fee:  Free


Wild About Art: Flower Pressing

May 31, 2015
May is a great time to view flowers blossoming in the park.  They provide inspiration for the inner artist!  Learn how to press flowers for a project. This workshop is suitable for children 8 years and older and their parents. Adults are welcome too! Note: Dress for the weather and bring an old phone book if you have one. Bring flowers from your garden at home, or use those provided by a florist.   Picking wildflowers is not permitted at Wildwood Park or on other public lands. 
When & Where: 12:30pm-3pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required and space and materials are limited; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $8 per person.


Damsels and Dragons – Flies That Is!

June 3, 2015

Join Tony (Doc) Schoch, naturalist and retired teacher, to learn about Dragonflies and Damselflies. The program begins with an opportunity to net and examine some of the species that live in Wildwood’s wetland. A power-point presentation 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.
When & Where:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration:  Not required
Fee:  Free


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Bugs & Hiker”

June 6, 2015
Scouts can earn both badges in this workshop. The program starts with exploring insect homes, identifying some amazing bugs, and learning how to follow trail signs and prepare for a hike. Next, scouts hit the trails to earn both badges and practice “Leave No Trace” guidelines along the way. A take-home bug craft is included.
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


Early Morning Bird Walk

June 10, 2015
This bird walk, led by volunteers Rick and Peg Price, will begin at the North Parking Lot. Participants will explore the northeast side of the Park where the Meadow and Tall Timbers Trail are home to forest birds such as bluebirds and tree swallows. Pre-registration is not required.
When & Where: 7:30 am – 9:30 am; Meet at the North Parking Lot
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: None


Stress Relief Walk

June 10, 2015
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park.  Join a Wildwood volunteer for this vigorous after-work activity.  The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per hour.  Meet at the Olewine Nature Center.  Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.  Dauphin County employees must sign in to receive Wellness Rewards points for participation.  Check
www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain. 
When & Where: 6pm-7:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required. 
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

June 13, 2015

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects.  Snacks, 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.
When & Where: 10am-1pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required, unless you have a group of 6 or more, please call 717-221-0292.
Fee: Free.


Saturday Morning Bird Walk

June 13, 2015
Want to learn about birds? Join volunteer Audrey Zajac on this beginners bird walk and discover what birds are at Wildwood. The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and around the nature center.
When & Where: 8:00 am – 10:00 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming

June 14, 2015

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. 
When & Where: 10:30am-12pm, 
Meet at the North Parking Lot. 
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


FULL! Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 7-9)

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Children ages 7 to 9 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per child


Wild About Art: Scratchboards

June 20, 2015

Reptiles will be the source of inspiration for sketches made along the Towpath. A staff member will instruct participants, who will make scratchboard projects.  Dress for the weather and bring something to sit on outside. This workshop is suitable for children 8 years and older and their parents. Adults who love to draw are welcome too!
When & Where: 1pm-3pm, Meet at the South Lot.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per person.


Nature Explorers Day Camp (ages 5-6)

June 23, 2015 - June 25, 2015
Young campers ages 5 and 6 will explore the outdoors with activities focused on learning about nature through the senses. Discovery walks, stories, crafts, and other fun activities will be included. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $60 per child


Discovery Walk

June 27, 2015
A naturalist will lead an interactive outdoor walk for children with lessons about natural history (including poison ivy) and sensory activities. Part of the walk will include students becoming biologists and surveying an area for wildlife. This program is suitable for children ages 5 to 10 and their parents.
When & Where: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per child


Meet a Naturalist: Animals of Wildwood

June 28, 2015
A naturalist will have animal artifacts to help visitors learn about Wildwood’s animals and their adaptations to different habitats in the park.
When & Where: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Canoe Wildwood by Moonlight

June 29, 2015

Paddle into the aquatic ecosystem for a close-up look at the inhabitants of the lake and marsh. During the excursion, experience that magical moment when the sun is gone and the moon rises over the lake. Bring a flashlight. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
When & Where: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ; meet at the Middle Parking Lot on Industrial Road
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $15 per person


Nature Center Closed

July 4, 2015


FULL! Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 10-11)

July 6, 2015 - July 10, 2015
Campers ages 10 and 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. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per child


Stress Relief Walk

July 8, 2015
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. Join a Wildwood volunteer for this vigorous after-work activity. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per hour. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Dauphin County employees must sign in to receive Wellness Rewards points for participation. 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


Volunteer Work Day

July 11, 2015
Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
When & Where: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required, unless you are bringing a group of six or more. Call 717-221-0292.
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Still More Blooms

July 12, 2015 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.
When & Where: 10:30 am – 12:00 pml; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Sunday Evening Bird Walk

July 12, 2015

Learn about the birds that can be found at Wildwood on an evening walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Towpath.
When & Where: 6pm-8pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Educator Workshop: Birds of the Susquehanna River

July 14, 2015
The Susquehanna River, its islands and banks provide food, water and shelter for a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and herons. Join the PA Game Commission and Wildwood Park to canoe down the river, viewing and identifying birds, as well as their varied habitats, along the way. Participants will receive the “PA Songbirds” curriculum guide, “Birds of PA” booklet and a preview of some of the activities from the new “PA Songbirds” guide that is being rewritten. This program is approved for Act 48 hours.  Rain date is Thursday, July 16.
When & Where: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm; meeting location will be sent to registered participants
Pre-registration: Space is limited; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $10 per person


Preschool Storytime: Summer at Wildwood!

July 15, 2015

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.
When & Where: 10am- 10:45am; Meet in the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; Call 717-221-0292
Fee: Free


Meet a Naturalist: Wildwood's Wetland Animals

July 19, 2015

A naturalist will be in the Olewine Nature Center with animal artifacts to help visitors learn about Wildwood's animals and thier adaptations to different habitats in the park. 
When & Where: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Meet in the Nature Center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


FULL! Outdoor Week (ages 12-14)

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $115 per child


NEW! Science Series (ages 10-15)

July 28, 2015 - July 31, 2015
This new camp for 10 to 15 year olds will feature hands-on outdoor experiences for those interested in learning more about species identification, natural history, and ecology. Each day will have a different topic: wildlife, birds, streams, and reptiles. Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $80 per child


Educator Workshop: Project WET

July 28, 2015
Wildwood Park will be the setting for an educator workshop sponsored by Audubon PA and Penn State Extension. Understand and appreciate water through hands-on activities and resource materials. Participants will receive the “Project WET” curriculum guide. Act 48 hours available.
When & Where: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required by July 21; Call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per person


Connecting with Nature through Art

August 1, 2015
In this workshop, artist Suze Moll will help individuals connect to nature by creating art centered on a totem animal. The program starts with outdoor yoga and a walk to gather inspiration and materials. In the classroom, participants will construct an art project demonstrating their connection to a specific animal. Participants should dress for outdoor comfort and bring a towel to use during the yoga exercises. Art materials will be provided. This workshop is appropriate for ages 8 through adult.
When & Where: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; Call 717-221-0292
Fee: $5 per person


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

August 3, 2015 - August 7, 2015

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.
Download flyer
When & Where: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and Fee: Applications will be at hcckids.org starting January 1, 2015.
Space is limited, so don't delay!


Late Summer Morning Bird Walk

August 8, 2015
Walk on the North Boardwalk this morning with volunteer Audrey Zajac and learn about the birds of Wildwood Park. Search for phoebes, wrens, orioles, catbirds, and maybe even a scarlet tanager. 
When & Where: 8:00 am – 10:00 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

August 8, 2015
Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
When & Where: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required, unless you are bringing a group of six or more. Call 717-221-0292.
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

August 12, 2015
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. Join a Wildwood volunteer for this vigorous after-work activity. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per hour. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Dauphin County employees may receive Wellness Rewards points for participation. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.
When & Where: 6 pm - 7:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: not required
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants

August 16, 2015
Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to see some of the wetland plants, such as American Lotus and the Rose Malloows, along the North Boardwalk. Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 12 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Meet a Naturalist: Animals of Wildwood

August 16, 2015

A naturalist will have animal artifacts to help visitors learn about Wildwood’s animals and their adaptations to different habitats in the park.
When & Where: 1:00pm-2:30pm; Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Not required.

Fee: Free.


Discovery Walk

August 29, 2015

A naturalist will lead an interactive outdoor walk for children with lessons about natural history and sensory activities. Part of the walk will include students becoming biologists and surveying an area for wildlife. This program is suitable for children ages 5 to 10 and their parents.
When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per child.


Girl Scout Workshop: Cadettes "Night Owl"

September 4, 2015
Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. But with modern lighting, electrical gadgets and urbanization, it’s easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world after the sun goes down. Scouts who want to grow their imagination and expand what they know, or think they know, will turn out the lights, tune into their senses, and step out into the night.
When & Where: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee: $10 per scout


Stress Relief Walk

September 9, 2015
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. Join a Wildwood volunteer for this vigorous after-work activity. The 3-mile walk on easy trails with short climbs will be at a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per hour. Meet at the Olewine Nature Center. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Dauphin County employees must sign in to receive Wellness Rewards points for participation. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of rain.
When & Where: 6 pm - 7:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Volunteer Work Day

September 12, 2015
Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle; refreshments will be available.
Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.
When & Where: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required, unless you are bringing a group of six or more. Call 717-221-0292
Fee: Free


Scout Workshop: Webelos “Forester” Badge

September 19, 2015 Nature’s monuments — trees — are a necessary and precious resource. Participants will discover the many products manufactured from wood that are used every day, and the important role trees play in the delicate balance of the environment. How tall is the tallest tree? How big around is the largest tree? What local history is recorded by trees? Is fire ever good for a tree? These are among the topics this workshop covers. In addition, scouts will learn how to identify some of Pennsylvania’s native trees and plants that grow in the park.
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


Flower Walk: Goldenrods, Asters and Other Fall Surprises

September 20, 2015
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. 
When & Where: 1:30 pm – 3 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Celebrate Wildwood

September 27, 2015


Take this opportunity to celebrate Wildwood Park by enjoying various activities that highlight the park's diverse user groups. Interact with the people involved in the park's the three ongoing wildlife initiatives. Enjoy family-friendly music with Ray Owen. For a small fee you can paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or enjoy fresh caramel apples.
The day includes the Walk for Wildwood. This free 5K walk/run for families, exercise enthusiasts, dog walkers, and runners, is a fundraiser for the Friends of Wildwood, whose mission is to support and preserve the park. Donations at www.wildwoodlake.org.
When & Where: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Scout Workshop: Webelos “Naturalist” Badge

October 3, 2015
A naturalist studies plants and animals in the wild. In earning the Naturalist badge, scouts will gain skills and knowledge that can keep them safe outdoors and protect the environment. This program includes activities to hone wildlife watching skills, identify the poisonous plants and venomous reptiles of PA, explore the mystery of bird migration, learn about some of the mammals that call PA home, and examine some extraordinary talents that animals have developed to survive. A hike in the park will give each participant the chance to use their new “naturalist” skills.
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


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Wildlife in PA”

October 17, 2015
Brownies will create their own unique badges while enhancing their knowledge of some of PA’s wildlife. This program provides activities to learn about animal groups and characteristics, endangered species, bird identification, as well as how to spot wildlife and how to use binoculars. Program concludes with a wildlife walk.
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


Scout Workshop: Juniors "Animal Habitats

November 7, 2015
This workshop uses Wildwood Park as a study site to 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. They will learn about some of the environmental challenges animals face, and investigate ways to help. Crafts and ideas to create a healthy backyard habitat for animals will be included!
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


Scout Workshop: Bears "Sharing Your World with Wildlife"

December 12, 2015
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


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