Wildwood Park Events

Art In The Wild: Exhibit Open

May 16, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Visit naturally inspired trailside creations along Wildwood Park’s wandering trails and wetlands. Using mostly natural materials, artists have constructed large and small installations. A map-brochure about the exhibit is available.

When: Dawn - Dusk

Fee: Free


Wildwood Park Coloring Contest

July 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Participate in the first ever Wildwood Park Coloring Contest! Children ages 5-10 years may submit a Wildwood-themed 8 ½ x 11 hand drawn picture using colored pencils, crayons or markers. Entries will mailed to 100 Wildwood Way Harrisburg, PA. 17110 or emailed to wwstaff@dauphinc.org during the month of July and hung for the public’s viewing in the Exhibit Hall upon reopening of the Nature Center. Judging will be conducted in the Fall with prizes awarded.

Please print this sheet to use as your submission form. 


CANCELED Junior Naturalist Day Camp II

July 13, 2020 - July 17, 2020

Campers ages 9 to 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. Learn what it means to be a naturalist and spend a morning fishing on Paxton Creek. 


Virtual Flower Walk: Still More Blooms

July 19, 2020

Join Dauphin County Naturalists to view joe-pye weed, pokeweed, Monarda, and two species of jewelweed.

When & Where: This is an online event available on the Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Facebook page. 


CANCELED Jumpstart Photography for Kids (ages 7-12)

July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020

Students ages 7-12 will be loaned a digital camera to explore the operation and function of the camera, lighting and composition. Led by a Canon professional, this mostly indoor class will provide a great base for jumping into projects where they will be practicing their photography and encouraging creativity. For a detailed list of materials and more information, please visit, http://photo4kids.org. Space is limited. 


CANCELED Jumpstart Photography for Kids (ages 7-12)

July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020

Students ages 7 to 12 will be loaned a digital camera to explore the operation and functions of the camera, lighting and composition. Lead by a Canon professional. this mostly indoor class will provide a great base for jumping into projects where they will be practicing their photography and encouraging creativity. For a detailed list of materials and information, please visit, http://photo4kids.org. Space is limited. 


Self-guided Summer Bird Walk

July 22, 2020

Look for shorebirds, Great Egrets and others on your walk around Wildwood Lake and along Wildwood Way. Please consider participating in this self-guided walk.


When & Where: Wildwood Park Trails

Fee: Free 


CANCELED Outdoor Week

July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020

If you like to get outside, this the camp for you! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 14 will discover the natural world while learning skills like shelter building, fishing, and wild edibles. Learn the importance of teamwork in the outdoors while building a campfire and canoeing. 


Natural Tie-Dye

August 1, 2020

Bring your own white or lightly colored, prewashed t-shirt to a fun natural tie-dye event at Wildwood Park. Meet at the Olewine Pavilion for a chance to learn about natural plant-based dyes. Instruction will be provided. Ages 5 and up, adults welcome! Register online for one of three timeslots here.

When & Where: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Pavilion

Fee: $5 per participant 


CANCELED Photo Boot Camp: Fundamentals of Photography (ages 13-17)

August 3, 2020 - August 7, 2020

If your teen is interested in learning the basics of photography and is between the ages of 13-17, this camp may be for them. This is a mostly indoor lecture-based, instructional and educational program where students will learn the basics of picture taking. Each student will be loaned a digital SLR camera by a Canon professional. For a detailed list of materials and more information, please visit, http://photo4kids.org. Space is limited. 


CANCELED WILD About Pollinators Educator Workshop

August 6, 2020

Pollinating insects are vital to our survival!  Join educators from the PA Game Commission, DCNR State Parks and Wildwood Park for a fun, interactive and educational workshop on pollinators. Discover the many species of pollinating insects and their crucial role in the food chain for both wildlife and people. Explore why we should be concerned about the threats to pollinators and how we can help. Participants will engage in hands-on activities from the Project WILD K-12 Guide. All participants will receive the new Project WILD Guide. Act 48 credit available. Space is limited. Register here.


When & Where: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: $25.00 per participant  


CANCELED Volunteer Work Day

August 8, 2020

Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves provided. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining. Registration is required for groups of six or more. Register here.

When & Where: 10:00am – 1:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Wildwood Wellness Walk

August 12, 2020

Walks are a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile loop trail at Wildwood Park. The trail contains moderate hills and is surfaced with crushed stone or macadam. Running or biking is also welcome. Bikers should be familiar with biking etiquette on this shared use trail. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where: 5:45pm - 7:15pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center


Preschool Storytime: Summer at Wildwood!

August 12, 2020

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. Register here.

When & Where: 10:00am – 10:45am, Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants

August 16, 2020

Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to see some wetland plants, such as American Lotus and the Rose Mallows, along the North Boardwalk. Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail. Register here.

When & Where: 10:30am – 12:00pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center

Fee: Free


Summer Wreath Workshop

August 22, 2020

Decorate a summer wreath out of natural materials. Everything will be supplied to make a wreath with decorations from nature, including pressed flowers, grasses, shells and seed pods. Participants may bring additional items and ribbon. After constructing a wreath, enjoy a fresh cup of lemonade while adding finishing touches. Register here.


When & Where: 10:00am & 11:30am; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center 

Fee: $15.00 per wreath


Wildwood Wellness Walk

August 27, 2020

Walks are a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile loop trail at Wildwood Park. The trail contains moderate hills and is surfaced with crushed stone or macadam. Running or biking is also welcome. Bikers should be familiar with biking etiquette on this shared use trail. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

When & Where: 5:45pm - 7:15pm; Meet at the Olewine Nature Center


VIRTUAL Run Wild for Wildwood 5K & 10K!

August 29, 2020

Join Wildwood Park for our Virtual Run Wild for Wildwood 5K & 10K (new this year!). This scenic run/walk will take you on the Wildwood Way Trail around the Lake and the Towpath Trail along the Pennsylvania Canal! You may choose to complete this at Wildwood Park or on your normal running route. Show your support for the Park by registering online. Proceeds benefit "Save the Boardwalks" Friends of Wildwood Campaign. Register here.

When & Where: Anytime, Anywhere; August 23-29

Fee: Free, donations accepted in support of Friends of Wildwood "Save the Boardwalks" Campaign


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