Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Art in the Wild Exhibit

April 12, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Visit the naturally inspired trailside creations of this environmental outdoor art exhibit sited along Wildwood Park’s wandering trails and water pools. Using natural materials, environmental artists have constructed large and small installations. A map-brochure about the exhibit will be available.
When & Where: Daily, dawn until dusk; Wildwood Way Trail
Fee: Free


Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

September 6, 2014
This workshop will introduce teachers K through 8 to the Project Learning Tree curriculum. Project Learning Tree is an international program promoting the study and understanding of environment and ecology. Materials and curriculum guide are being provided by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Act 48 hours available.
When & Where: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required by August 29; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per person


Beginner Bird Walk

September 7, 2014

Want to learn about birds? Come on this evening bird walk geared for beginners with volunteer Audrey Zajac and discover what birds are at Wildwood. The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and around the nature center. All levels of expertise are welcome.
When & Where: 6pm-8pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


Stress Relief Walk

September 10, 2014
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


Volunteer Work Day

September 13, 2014
Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. 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 14, 2014
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 – 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment:  Required. Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Migration Bird Walk

September 16, 2014

Wildwood is a perfect stopover spot for migrating birds. Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price for this evening walk. The walk will begin at the Olewine Nature Center and continue out onto the North Boardwalk in search of migrant bird species. Beginner and experienced participants are welcome.
When & Where: 6pm-8pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: Free.


Preschool Storytime: Fall at Wildwood!

September 17, 2014

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.
When & Where: 10am- 10:45am; Meet in the nature center.
Pre-registration is required.
Fee: Free.


Flower Walk: Goldenrods, Asters and Other Fall Surprises

September 21, 2014
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 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


CANCELLED - Girl Scout Workshop: Junior "Night Owl"

September 26, 2014

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


Celebrate Wildwood

September 28, 2014


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: turtle research, bird banding, and monarch butterfly tagging.

For a small fee you can paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, or make a caramel apple. Mark Wilson and Tom Jolin will team up for an up-tempo performance of traditional music and clogging.

The day includes the Walk for Wildwood. The walk is free and all are welcome. This 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. Make a donation at www.wildwoodlake.org

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Beginner Bird Walk

October 5, 2014

Come on this morning walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac to learn about the great hobby of bird watching. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Towpath.
When & Where: 9am-11am; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration is not required.
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

October 11, 2014
Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. 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


Wildwood's Magical Trail

October 16, 2014 - October 17, 2014
Take a walk on the wild side and have a laugh as the whole family meets some of Wildwood’s talking wildlife. Learn from the inhabitants of the wetlands what they are up to as day turns to night. The program takes a fun and educational look at animals and is not scary. After the walk, make animal crafts in the nature center and gather around a campfire to make s’mores and sip cider. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal!
When & Where: 6 pm and 7 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $8 per person, age 2 and up


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Wildlife in PA”

October 18, 2014
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


Outdoor Skills Workshop: Native American Decoys

October 19, 2014

Bradley Miller is a self-taught decoy carver who has researched Native American tools and crafts. In this workshop, he will teach participants how to make a duck decoy out of cattail leaves in the tradition of the native people who hunted in the wetlands and rivers of Pennsylvania. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up.
When & Where: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: required; call 717-221-0292.
Fee: $10 per person


Autumn Bird Walk

October 21, 2014

Wildwood is a perfect stopover location for migrating birds. Join volunteers, Rick and Peggy Price on this morning walk on the Towpath Trail to overlook the lake and canal area. Meet at the South Parking Lot. Beginner and experienced participants welcome.
When & Where: 7:30am-9:30am; Meet at the South Lot.
Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: Free.


Tree ID Walk

October 26, 2014

When you know someone by name, you are more likely to engage with them. The strange becomes familiar. Join Jon Schach, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist with Good's Tree Care Inc., on a tree identification walk and get to know the trees at Wildwood Park.
When & Where: 1:30pm-3pm; Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration is required.

Fee: Free.


Scout Workshop: Juniors “Animal Habitats”

November 8, 2014
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 – 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required. Download form
Fee:  $10 per scout


Volunteer Work Day

November 8, 2014
Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. 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


Educator Workshop: Bring Out Your Dead

November 13, 2014

DCNR, PA Game Commission and Wildwood Park join together to offer this workshop about the proper preparation and care of natural history collections. Participants will learn how to maintain taxidermy mounts, birds' nests, eggs, bones, pickled (wet) specimens and more. Learn about old methods of preparation and their risks and safety issues. Information on plant preservation techniques, preventing damage to collections from insect pests, and utilizing collections in standards-based activities will also be discussed. Materials are being provided through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Act 48 hours available.
When & Where: 9am-4pm; Meet in the nature center.

Pre-Registration deadline is October 31st.
Fee:
$10 per person.


Wild About Art: Ode to the Egg

November 15, 2014

Come to Wildwood Park and learn how to identify some of the wild bird eggs in Wildwood Park’s collection of replicas! At this workshop, participants will be able to sketch/color a wide variety of bird eggs to keep as a personal reference. Suitable for children 8 years and older and their parents. Adults who love to draw are welcome too. Participants should bring a journal. Other materials will be provided.
When & Where: 1pm-3pm; Meet in the nature center.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited; call 717-221-0292.

Fee: $5 per person.


Scout Workshop: Brownies “Senses”

November 22, 2014
Humans have five senses that are used to help navigate through life’s daily experiences, and to do tasks quickly, safely, and with enjoyment. While using fun activities, the scouts will learn how to fine-tune their senses and become more aware of the world around them.
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


Wreath-making Workshop

December 6, 2014

Make a holiday wreath out of natural materials. Everything will be supplied to make an evergreen wreath with decorations from nature, including cones, berries, nuts and seed pods. Participants may bring additional items and ribbon. After constructing a wreath outside in the pavilion, come inside the nature center to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and add some finishing touches. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete one wreath. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves and clippers.
When & Where: 9am, 10:30am, & 12pm: Meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.

Fee: $15 per wreath.

 


Wild About Art: Natural Ornaments

December 7, 2014

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.
When & Where: 1pm-3pm; Meet in the nature center.

Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: $5 per person.


Scout Workshop: Bears “Sharing Your World with Wildlife” Achievement

December 13, 2014
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 human beings 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


Wild about art: Natural Ornaments

December 21, 2014

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.
When & Where: 1pm-3pm; Meet in the nature center.
Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: $5 per person.


Meet a Naturalist: Animals in Winter

December 27, 2014 - December 28, 2014

While people are getting ready for the seasons to change, animals are making preparations too. A naturalist will be in the Olewine Nature Center with animal artifacts to help visitors discover what Wildwood’s animals are doing as winter approaches.
When & Where: 10:30am-3:30pm; Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: Free.


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