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Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm | Trail's Hours: Daily dawn-dusk | Closed Holidays »

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, Wildwood Park is conveniently located on the edge of Harrisburg, PA.

There are endless opportunities for fun and adventure at Wildwood Park. Explore the Nature Center, walk the trails and boardwalks, ride your bike, pack a picnic lunch, watch the birds, check out the flowers and much more! There is fresh air and good times around every bend. Come and enjoy…it's fun and it's free!

What's Happening at Wildwood Park?

Photo Contest
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Paxton Creek Streambank Restoration
Paxton Creek Streambank Restoration »

North Boardwalk Flood Damage
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Wildwood Park Improvement Projects
Construction to begin March 16
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Wildwood Restoration Summary
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Trail & Bird Sighting Info

March 27 

Buffleheads and Wilson's Snipe have been seen on the Lake and nearby mudflats.


March 26
Although our programs and buildings (restrooms included) are currently closed, park trails are still open.  We encourage social distancing while enjoying the open spaces.  Don't forget to use the restroom before you head out, bring your hand sanitizer and adhere to the CDC's social spacing guidelines of 6 feet. Happy Hiking!

March 18 
Great Egrets have been seen on the Lake, the first sightings of this 2020 year.

March 17
The Park trails remain open. The Nature Center and public restrooms are closed.

March 14
In response to COVID-19, Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III will be closing the Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park effective March 15, 2020 until further notice. All Dauphin County Parks are currently open. Buildings (restrooms included) are closed.  

 The following programs will also be postponed:

* March 18 - Dr. Seuss Science Series

* March 19 - Doc Fritchey Fly-Tying Classes

* March 21 – Juniors Geocache

* March 22 - Flower Walk: Cold Tolerant Plants

* March 25 - Bird Walk: Waterfowl and Early Spring Migrants

* March 25 – Preschool Storytime

* March 26 - Doc Fritchey Fly-Tying Workshop

* March 28 – Bears: Furs, Feathers, Ferns 

Staff will be in touch with registrants regarding refunds and or/ rescheduled dates for these programs.

The Commissioners and public safety officials continue to monitor COVID-19 and coordinate with local, state and federal partners.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the county’s response, visit www.DauphinCounty.org/coronavirus.

For safety tips and the latest information, visit www.health.pa.gov or www.cdc.gov.

March 12
Eastern Phoebe have been heard calling around the Nature Center and North Boardwalk.

March 11
Art In The Wild artists are hard at work. You may notice them working on their trail sites as you walk around the park. 

March 10
Bald Eagle sighting along the Delta Boardwalk, behind the Nature Center. Mink sighting nearby the Paxton Creek Bridge.

March 4
Four Tundra Swans were spotted briefly on the Lake this morning.

February 21
Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck and Song Sparrows have been heard and seen on the Lake. A Cooper's Hawk has been frequently seen along with Winter Wrens and even a Brown Creeper. 

February 12
Eastern Phoebes have been seen on the North Boardwalk.