Wildwood Park Events

Wildwood Scout Programs

Donate Nature Books to Friends of Wildwood

November 4, 2014 - April 18, 2015

The Friends of Wildwood needs your used nature books for the 2015 book sale.  Please bring your donations to the Olewine Nature Center.  Proceeds benefit Wildwood Park.  New for 2015, the used book sale has moved; it will be a one-day sale in conjunction with Wetlands Festival on April 25, 2015.


Photography Contest Display

December 16, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Visit the Olewine Nature Center during regular business hours (Tuesday through Sunday 10am-4pm) 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 4, 2015 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the nature center. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries, which will be displayed at the Olewine Nature Center, on the website, as well as in other venues.


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: 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: Not required.

Fee: Free.


Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

January 6, 2015

"The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on Rachel Carson" by Dr. Patricia DeMarco
Rachel Louise Carson was one of the major catalysts for the environmental movement.  Her life and work offer a model for effective inspiration to change.  What lessons can we take from her success for our issues today?  What tools do we have to employ to move from awareness to action?  Join Dr. Patricia M. DeMarco, a biologist working in the field of energy and environmental policy, to examine the life and work of Rachel Carson.  Dr. DeMarco has served as Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and as the Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.
Changhua Coast Conservation Action photo.

When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm, Meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Not required.
Fee: Free.


Creature Feature: Animals and Their Tracks

January 10, 2015

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.
When & Where: 10am-11am, meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required; please call 717-221-0292.

Fee: $5 per child, parents are free.


Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

January 20, 2015

"Gifford Pinchot, More Than a Forester"
On September 24, 1963, at the dedication of Grey Towers (National Historic Site), President John F. Kennedy declared that Gifford Pinchot was more than a forester, “he was the father of American Conservation.”  This pictorial presentation by a Grey Towers educator will highlight the role played by Gifford Pinchot and his family in the introduction of practical forestry to America and how, as Governor, Gifford helped lift Pennsylvanians out of the Great Depression with numerous initiatives, including restoring the forests.

When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Not required.

Fee: Free.


Fly-tying Classes with Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

January 28, 2015 - March 18, 2015

The Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold an 8-week evening course on introductory fly-tying at the Olewine Nature Center. The class will be conducted on 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning on January 28.  Instructors include experienced members of Trout Unlimited. All materials generously provided by the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Adults and youth 10 years and older are welcome (under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult).
When & Where: Wednesday evenings 6pm-8pm, meet in the Natuer Center.
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292.
Space is limited to 20 participants. 

Fee: Free.


Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

February 3, 2015

"The Art and Legacy of Ned Smith" by Scott Weidensaul
Please note that this program will be at HACC’s Cooper Student Center, unlike the others in the series. From Industrial Road enter HACC Gate 3, park in lot W6 or 8, and walk across the bridge to the center.
Ned Smith needs little introduction to most Pennsylvania naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts. A native of central Pennsylvania, this prolific artist, writer and photographer was respected internationally for his extraordinary body of work depicting wildlife and natural history, including thousands of paintings and drawings, hundreds of articles and many books. Join author and researcher Scott Weidensaul, a founder of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, for an exploration of Ned Smith's work, much of which Weidensaul edited for the new book of Smith's writing, "Gone for Another Day." 
Photo used with permission from Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. 

When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm; Cooper Student Center at HACC
Pre-registration: Not required.

Fee: Free.


The Science Behind Snowflakes

February 7, 2015

Come to Wildwood Park to hear the story of Snowflake Bentley read by a park naturalist.  Get hands-on experience with microscopes to see how ice and snow crystals form in the atmosphere. This program is suitable for children ages 7 and older with their parents.  Materials will be provided. Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

When & Where: 1pm-3pm; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292.
Space is limited.

Fee: $5 per participant.


Let's Go Tracking

February 15, 2015

Join a naturalist to learn about 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. 
When & Where: 1pm-2:30pm; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292.

Fee: $5 per participant.


Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

February 17, 2015

"Maurice Goddard" by Marci Mowery
Conservation has a long and lasting history in Pennsylvania, with such noted names as Rachel Carson and Gifford Pinchot hailing from this fine state. Marci Mowery, president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, will explore the life and work of Maurice K. Goddard, often referred to as the father of Pennsylvania’s state parks. Serving under six administrations, Goddard’s work touched the lives of not just those residing in the commonwealth, but nationally through his vision and leadership in public lands, water quality, and forestry.
DCNR photo.
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Not required.
Fee: Free.


Educator Workshop: Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds

February 24, 2015

Join the PA Game Commission and Wildwood Park to discover the world of birds in this educator workshop.  Flying WILD is a national, award-winning curriculum supplement that addresses bird biology and conservation topics and issues ranging from adaptations to migration to research. The workshop features natural history, bird identification, migration and other ecological concepts, state and global issues, as well as hands-on activities that help address state environment and ecology standards.  Participants will receive the Flying WILD guide and an introduction to eBird, an on-line bird sighting reporting opportunity. Act 48 hours available. 
When & Where: 9am-3pm; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292.
Sace is limited. 
Fee: $10 per person


Creature Feature: Animals Under the Snow

February 28, 2015

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.
When & Where: 10am-11am; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required; call 717-221-0292 
Fee: $5 per child; parents are free.


Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

March 3, 2015

"The Craighead Naturalists" by Tom Benjey
From Frank Craighead and his siblings who grew up in a house along the Yellow Breeches, descended a battalion of people who made the study of various aspects of nature their life’s work.  The house at Craighead Station was a summer home where the children played, swam and fished, pioneered falconry as a sport in the U.S., studied nature and the classics, and began writing careers. As teenagers, the twins Frank and John became known for their work with hawks and owls. Soon, they were writing and photographing articles for National Geographic. Jean wrote over 100 books about animals and children, including Newbery Honor winner My Side of the Mountain. Tom Benjey, who has written about the Craigheads, will share what he has learned about this family, for whom the study of nature was central.
Craighead family photo used with permission.
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Not required.
Fee: Free.


Volunteer Work Day

March 14, 2015

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 or snowing.
When & Where: 10am-1pm; meet at the nature center.
Pre-registration:  Not required; for groups of six or more, please call 717-221-0292.
Fee: Free.


Scout Workshop: Bears Elective "Weather"

March 21, 2015

One of the best ways to prepare for a day is to know the weather forecast. Here, 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.  
When & Where: 10:30am-2:30pm; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration and pre-payment: Required; Download form
Fee: $10 per scout; parents and leaders are free.


Creature Feature: Nature Detectives

March 28, 2015

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. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and a walk on one of Wildwood’s trails.
When & Where: 10am-11am; meet in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration: Required; all 717-221-0292.
Fee: $5 per child; parents are free.


Scout Workshop: Juniors "Environment Matters"

April 18, 2015
This program’s goals are to give scouts an increased awareness and understanding of human relationships with the environment and to help them recognize their personal stewardship responsibilities. Scouts will explore projects and activities that benefit the environment and the Earth’s limited resources. They will decide what practical changes they can make today to help create a healthier world.
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 “Wonderful Water”

May 9, 2015

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, explore the science of water, and get wet while collecting and examining the creatures living in Wildwood’s lake and streams. Supplies to make a water snooper will be available.
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 “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


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


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


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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