Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Creature Feature: Life Cycle of the Lady Bug

February 13, 2016

Children will enjoy a story read by a park naturalist with a few surprises here and there, like a craft and other hands-on activities. This program is suitable for children ages 3-6 and their parents. To pre-register, please call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 10am-11am, meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required.

Fee: $5 per child, parents are free.


Winter Lecture Series - Owls: Soul of the Night by Scott Weidensaul

February 16, 2016

Everyone loves the beauty, mystery and charm of owls, but science is still unlocking many of the secrets of owl biology and ecology. Join Scott Weidensaul, author of the new Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, for an exploration of the little-known world of these nocturnal hunters, and the exciting new discoveries being made not only about weird tropical species like the stygian owl, but even the most common and widespread owls in American backyards. Scott’s Peterson Guide to Owls, which includes access to recordings, will be available for purchase and signing.

When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration: not required.

Fee: Free.


Cabin Fever Walk

February 20, 2016

Join a 3-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat cabin fever.  Along the way learn about how to prepare for a day on the trail.
When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required.
Fee: Free.


Getting Started in Digital Photography

February 20, 2016

Wildwood Photography Workshop Series, 2016
Sign up for Wildwood Photo Workshops today! Space is limited. Wildwood Park has much to offer photographers including unusual wetland plants, varied landscapes and wildlife. To help beginners take advantage of all Wildwood has to offer, Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Services will teach digital photography classes at the park. Each class builds on information in the previous session.

Getting Started in Digital Photography
This introduction program is for adults ages 18 and over who are newbies, novice, or those who recently got a new DSLR camera, would like to get more serious about photography and plan to take future photography classes. This intro program is directed to those considering moving to a digital camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR, APS Mirror-less, Micro Four Thirds, or Micro Four Thirds Mirror-less.) It is not for those with camera phones or point and shoot (P/S) cameras.
This program will introduce you to the creative triangle elements: techniques, lighting, and composition. Another important part of the class will address the different photography styles and help you make the best choices to get the right equipment for the job.  We will also touch on how and where to buy equipment, as well as options for renting camera equipment. There will be demo models of current entry-level and intermediate cameras, both DSLRs and APS Mirror-less, and basic kit lenses from Canon, Nikon, and Sony, for the beginning photographer to try out. The last part of this program will be an overview and tips on opportunities for photographing at Wildwood.
Bring a notebook and pen for note taking. Bring your current camera gear along if you have any questions.
When & Where: 10 am – 12 pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration: required. Download, complete and return form; call 717-221-0292; or visit nature center.
Fee: Free


Let’s Go Tracking

February 21, 2016

Join a naturalist to learn the art of tracking.  The program starts in the classroom with information on track identification and walking patterns.  The group heads outside for a tracking foray to explore park trails in search of a variety of animal tracks.  Snow on the ground is helpful but not necessary. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 6 through adult.  Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $5 per person.


Meet a Naturalist: Animals of Wildwood

February 27, 2016

A naturalist will have animal artifacts to help visitors learn about Wildwood’s animals and their adaptations to different habitats in the park. Stop by the nature center to get the scoop on what animals are active this time of year and gather tips for seeing them.  This is a great activity to kick off a self-guided exploration in the park. 

When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: Free.


Wildwood Conservation Video Series - Beautiful Crusade: Mira Lloyd Dock & The Greatest Good: Gifford Pinchot

February 28, 2016

Spend a winter afternoon at the Olewine Nature Center, watching conservation videos. Two short videos produced by WITF will highlight the work of important Pennsylvania conservationists Mira Lloyd Dock and Gifford Pinchot. Free popcorn by Friends of Wildwood. 

When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration not required.

Fee: Free.


Winter Lecture Series - Pennsylvania Bats on the Rebound? by Mike Scafini

March 1, 2016

Recent evidence shows PA bats may be making a comeback after White-nose Syndrome. Despite being hard-hit in recent years, Pennsylvania’s remaining bat populations are finding unique ways to rise to the challenge of surviving and reproducing despite the cards being stacked against them.  Find out the bats’ strategies and the latest research efforts to help our insect-eating friends in this presentation by Mike Scafini, Endangered Mammal Specialist with the PA Game Commission. 

When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration: not required.

Fee: Free.


PROGRAM FULL: Educator Workshop: Healthy Water, Healthy People

March 3, 2016

Join facilitators from the DCNR-Bureau of State Parks for this exciting educator workshop at Wildwood Park geared toward grades six through college.  Healthy Water, Healthy People focuses on raising awareness and understanding of water quality issues and their relationship to personal, public, and environmental health. Participants will receive the Healthy Water, Healthy People Educator’s Guide filled with original, interactive activities.  Act 48 hours available. Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 9am-3pm, meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $10 per person.


Beginner's Yoga and Walk

March 6, 2016

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. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.
When & Where: 10 am - 11:30 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free

 


Aquatic Insects for Anglers and Others with PCWEA

March 12, 2016
Join Bryan Genesee from Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association to learn about aquatic insects. What are they? Why are they important? How can they help anglers catch more fish? What do they reveal about water quality? Find out the answers to these questions by looking at some of the aquatic insects found in Wildwood Park.
When & Where: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

March 12, 2016

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.

When & Where: 10am-1pm, meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: not required, unless there is a group of 6 or more.

Fee: Free.


Kids Discover

March 13, 2016

Discover what’s going on this month in the natural world of Wildwood Park.  Join a Wildwood Environmental Educator on a family-friendly walk to learn observation skills and get hands-on experience with naturalist tools. Pre-registration is not required.

When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration: not required.

Fee: $5 per child, parents are free.


PROGRAM FULL: Educator Workshop: WILD About Animal Tracks

March 17, 2016

Join the PA Game Commission at Wildwood Park for this new educator workshop about animals and the tracks they leave behind.  Learn how to recognize and identify tracks of Pennsylvania’s common mammals.  Tracking is not just about finding the “next” track but rather learning about the animal and how it lives in the environment.  This workshop will help you to teach students about slowing down and understanding wildlife sign in the environment. Act 48 hours available. Pre-registration is required; call 717-221-0292.

When & Where: 9am-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $10 per person.


Scout Program: “Weather” Bear Elective

March 19, 2016

One of the best ways to prepare for the day is to know the weather forecast. Scouts will not only learn how to read a thermometer, wind vane and barometer, but will also make their own instruments. This program also features understanding air pressure and precipitation, and includes going outside to log the day’s weather. Depending on the temperature, scouts will want to wear warm boots, hats, and gloves! Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form at www.wildwoodlake.org.
When & Where: 10:30am-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Fee: $10 per scout.


Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera - Primer

March 19, 2016

Wildwood Photography Workshop Series, 2016
Sign up for Wildwood Photo Workshops today! Space is limited.
Wildwood Park has much to offer photographers including unusual wetland plants, varied landscapes and wildlife. To help beginners take advantage of all Wildwood has to offer, Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Services will teach digital photography classes at the park. Each class builds on information in the previous session.

Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera - Primer 
Take More Memorable and Inspiring Photographs In this photography class for beginners, you’ll learn the principles of good photography and get the basic skills necessary to create amazing photos. Cameras with interchangeable lenses are available at modest price-points, but learning how to use them takes an investment of effort. In this primer class, you will learn the most essential functions of your camera and get ready to confidently put them to work. You’ll get the swing of basic photographic terminology and feel totally prepared to move on to more advanced classes. You will also gain a solid understanding of must-know lighting and composition techniques. You will be guided through the process of positioning yourself and your subject to capture the best photo possible with the camera you have—no additional gear needed. If you want to take more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your friends and family, or the great outdoors, this class is for you. You’ll learn how to make better photographs and gain the background necessary to continue your photography education. Requirements: Participants must bring their camera, lenses, charged camera battery, and camera manual is a must. Participants should know how to navigate through the camera menus. 
Bring a notebook, and pen/pencil, and lunch and a drink. 
When & Where: 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch on your own, 12 - 1 pm); Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration: required; Download, complete and return form; call 717-221-0292; or visit nature center.
Send fee with registration form.
Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, March 5. Space is limited.
Fee: $120


Conservation Video Series - Bald Eagles and Elk in PA

March 20, 2016

Spend an afternoon at the Olewine Nature Center, watching wildlife and conservation videos. Learn about reintroduction of two iconic Pennsylvania species, Elk and Bald Eagles, through two short videos produced by the PA Game Commission. Topics covered include biology, population decline and recovery, as well as conservation and management issues. Free popcorn by Friends of Wildwood. 

When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.

Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: Free.


Flower Walk: Cold Tolerant Plants

March 20, 2016

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to seek out the Skunk Cabbage.  On the way to the North Boardwalk, there may be other cold tolerant plants as well as some left over from the winter.  A few trees should be flowering. 
When & Where: 1:30pm-3pm, Meet at the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is not required.

Fee: Free.


Homeowner Actions for Managing Stormwater

March 22, 2016

Join Gil Hirschel of the Dauphin County Conservation District for a program and discussion about stormwater issues and best management practices for homeowners. Learn about the homeowner’s role and significant benefits of proper stormwater management.
When & Where: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm; Meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Preschool Storytime: Spring at Wildwood!

March 30, 2016

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.  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.


Scout Program: “Leave No Trace” for Girl Scouts

April 2, 2016
OPEN To All Girl Scouts: “Leave No Trace” is a program designed for students to learn important outdoor skills and wilderness etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, several ways to minimize their impact on the environment, and learn what kind of gear to bring with them on a trip. Scouts will also be able to recite the 7 principles of “Leave No Trace” and the techniques behind them. Dress for the weather; this program will take place outdoors.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required


Beginner’s Yoga and Walk

April 3, 2016
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. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.
When & Where: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm; meet at nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Art In The Wild: Meet the Artists

April 3, 2016
Art In The Wild artists are busy finishing up final touches to trailside art installations. Take a self-guided three-mile trail walk to meet the artists and observe the inner workings to creating outdoor art.
When & Where: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm; Wildwood Park
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Bird Walk: Early Migration

April 6, 2016
Meet in the parking lot at the south end of the Towpath Trail for this early migration bird walk with volunteers Rick and Peg Price. Birds to be watching for will include palm warblers, red-winged blackbirds, and waterfowl.
When & Where: 8:00 am - 10:00 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Art In The Wild Lecture by the Myth Makers

April 7, 2016
Wildwood Park excitedly welcomes The Myth Makers, professional artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, to kick off Art In The Wild 2016. From Maynard, Massachusetts and with fascinating past and upcoming art exhibits both nationally and internationally, Dodson and Moerlein are sure to bring new flavor to Wildwood Park. Dodson takes inspiration from the mysterious nature of animals that spark her imagination. Moerlein takes inspiration from events in the natural world that leave visual marks which strike a narrative chord in the artist. Join them for this inspirational free lecture!
When & Where: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Art In The Wild 2016: The Harrisburg Phoenix! A Multi-colored Myth

April 9, 2016

Renowned artists The Myth Makers will build a large scale public art project Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9 as part of the opening festivities for Wildwood Park’s Art In The Wild 2016. The entire community is invited to participate! The Phoenix is the most beautiful bird in the animal kingdom. It is made up of one feather from each of the other birds of the world. This Myth Maker sculpture addresses the ubiquitous plastic bag. Plastic is an oppressive nuisance and an environmental hazard. The plastic bag is also a lovely and useful product. The Harrisburg Phoenix celebrates disparaged plastic bags and helps bring awareness to the need to collect and properly dispose of plastic refuse. The Myth Makers invite the community to observe their building process the afternoon of Friday, April 8th, and then on Saturday, April 9th everyone is encouraged to bring plastic bags of all colors to tie onto the Phoenix. Just as in the myth of the Phoenix's rebirth, the community will bring bags and see how the feathering process makes a glorious bird out of the sculptor's bare sapling structure.
---> The Phoenix is the most beautiful bird in the animal kingdom. It is made up of one feather from each of the other birds of the world. This Myth Maker sculpture addresses the ubiquitous plastic bag. Plastic is an oppressive nuisance and an environmental hazard. The plastic bag is also a lovely and useful product. The Harrisburg Phoenix celebrates disparaged plastic bags and helps bring awareness to the need to collect and properly dispose of plastic refuse. The Myth Makers invite the community to observe their building process the afternoon of Friday, April 8th, and then on Saturday, April 9th everyone is encouraged to bring plastic bags of all colors to tie onto the Phoenix. Just as in the myth of the Phoenix's rebirth, the community will bring bags and see how the feathering process makes a glorious bird out of the sculptor's bare sapling structure.
When & Where: 9 am - 12 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Art In The Wild OPEN

April 9, 2016 - October 31, 2016 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; Wildwood Park
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Clean Up Your Earth Day

April 9, 2016 In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, you are invited to help clean up Wildwood Park’s lake, streams and trails. Volunteers will spearhead litter pick up and invasive plant pulling throughout the park. This is a great opportunity to help keep the park clean and beautiful. Dress for the weather. Bring a water bottle. Snacks, tools, and work gloves will be provided.
When & Where: 10 am - 1 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717- 221-0292
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Dutchman’s Breeches and Trout Lilies

April 10, 2016
Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to look for early spring flowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, trout lilies, spring beauties and flowering trees. Learn interesting facts about these early spring bloomers.
When & Where: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

April 13, 2016
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. 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 - 7:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Scout Program: “Environment Matters” Juniors

April 16, 2016
This program’s goals are to give scouts an increased awareness and understanding of our human interrelationships with the environment and recognition of our personal stewardship responsibilities. The scouts will explore projects and activities that benefit the environment and the Earth’s limited resources as they decide what practical changes they can make to help create a healthier world.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


Wetlands Festival

April 30, 2016
Celebrate Wildwood Park’s treasured wetlands with a day of free, fun, and educational activities. New this year, Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will be on site with a variety of live animals and programs including Birds of Prey and Venomous Snakes of Pennsylvania. Enjoy live music, special wildlife exhibits, displays, used nature book sale, as well as a great representation of local and regional environmental organizations. There is something for everyone. Activities and programs are designed for families, children and adults. Event details are available in March at the Olewine Nature Center and at www.wildwoodlake.org.
When & Where: 10 am - 4 pm at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Beginner’s Yoga and Walk

May 1, 2016
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. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.
When & Where: 10:00 am - 11:30 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Bird Walk: Peak Migration

May 4, 2016
This bird walk with volunteers Rick and Peg Price will be on the North Boardwalk to search for warblers, phoebes, wrens, orioles, and other songbirds. You never can tell what you might see at this time of year.
When & Where: 7:30 am - 9:30 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Jack in the Pulpit and Other Spring Flowers

May 8, 2016
Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search for Jack in the Pulpit. Learn the interesting facts about the Jack in the Pulpit and why it could also be known as “Jill in the Pulpit”.
When & Where: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

May 11, 2016
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. 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


Voulnteer Work Day

May 14, 2016
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 efforts to reduce plastic usage bring along a water bottle, refreshments will be available. 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: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Scout Program: "Wonderful Water" Brownies

May 14, 2016
This program is designed to facilitate the WOW journey. Scouts will learn conservation techniques and how to be responsible consumers. They’ll learn the water cycle and much more as they explore the science of water and get wet while collecting and examining the creatures living in Wildwood’s lake and streams.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


Bird Walk: Songbirds

May 21, 2016
Take a Saturday morning bird walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac to search for songbirds and other nesting birds. The walk will be on the Delta Boardwalk and Wildwood Way.
When & Where: 8:00 am - 10:00 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Scout Program: "Leave No Trace" for Boy Scouts

May 21, 2016
OPEN To All Boy Scouts: Leave No Trace is a program designed for students to learn important outdoor skills and wilderness etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, several ways to minimize their impact on the environment, and learn what kind of gear to bring with them on a trip. Scouts will also be able to recite the 7 principles of “Leave No Trace” and the techniques behind them. Dress for the weather; this program will take place outdoors.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


Scout Program: “Bugs & Hiker” Brownies

June 4, 2016
Scouts will explore the wonderful world of bugs to learn how remarkable they are and how much they do for our planet. The day will begin with exploring insect homes, followed by identifying some amazing bugs! Scouts will also learn how to follow trail signs and prepare for a hike. The program will conclude with a hike around Wildwood Park to earn both badges! “Leave No Trace” will be practiced along the way.
When & Where: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292
Fee: $10 per scout, parents are free; pre-payment required: download form at www.wildwoodlake.org


Beginner’s Yoga and Walk

June 5, 2016
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. Assume cancelled if it is raining. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 12 through adults.
When & Where: 10:00 am - 11:30 am; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Stress Relief Walk

June 8, 2016
Walk off the stress of the work day with a hike at Wildwood Park. 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

June 11, 2016
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 efforts to reduce plastic usage bring along a water bottle, refreshments will be available. 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: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; meet at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Explore Wildwood: An Outdoor Family Adventure

June 11, 2016 - June 26, 2016 Celebrate summer with a family adventure at Wildwood Park. Stop by the nature center to pick up a packet, then head out on the boardwalks to explore the natural world of Wildwood. Stop at stations along the way and use clues in the packet to solve some of nature’s mysteries. After the adventure, visit the nature center for an explanation of the challenges. The adventure covers the Delta and North Boardwalks for a total of about 1.5 miles. This self-guided activity is suitable for families and small groups of friends.
When & Where: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; start at the nature center
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee:  Free


Fundamentals of Digital Photography 5-day Course

June 11, 2016 - October 15, 2016

Wildwood Photography Workshop Series, 2016
Sign up for Wildwood Photo Workshops today! Space is limited.
Wildwood Park has much to offer photographers including unusual wetland plants, varied landscapes and wildlife. To help beginners take advantage of all Wildwood has to offer, Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Services will teach digital photography classes at the park. Each class builds on information in the previous session.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography 5-day Course Dates (includes 5 sessions): Saturday, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 15, 2016
Target Participants: This workshop is for adults ages 18 and over who are new or fairly recent users of DSLR cameras. Skill Level: Beginners
Designed for beginning level digital photographers, this workshop will teach students how to become fluent with digital SLR cameras (controls, options, custom functions, etc). We will also discuss composition and light, shutter speed and aperture with the creative controls (Manual, Aperture, and Shutter Priority).
This workshop will contain “practical” hands-on and in-the-field sessions in order to enhance the learning process. The goal is for students to learn to use DSLR cameras with predictable and repeatable results, and to begin to communicate through photography instead of just taking snapshots. Through in-the-field, classroom lecture, and critiques, this workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level.
When & Where: 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch on your own, 12 - 1 pm); Meet at the Olewine Nature Center
Pre-registration: required; Download, complete and return form; call 717-221-0292; or visit nature center. Send fee with registration form. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, May 28. Space is limited.
Fee: $250


Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming

June 12, 2016
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: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; meet at the North Lot
Pre-registration: Not required
Fee: Free


Nature Explorers Day Camp (ages 5-6)

June 14, 2016 - June 16, 2016
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


Wildwood Way Day Camp (ages 7-9)

June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016
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


Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 10-11)

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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


Science Series (ages 10-15)

July 19, 2016 - July 22, 2016
This 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: naturalist tools, water quality, bird biology, and insects. 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


Outdoor Week (ages 12-15)

July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016
Get into the wild! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 15 will discover the natural world while learning skills like building a debris hut, fishing, identifying wild edibles, and canoeing on a creek or 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


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

August 1, 2016 - August 5, 2016

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.
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, 2016.
Space is limited, so don't delay!


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