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  • Horse made from tree branches with a child on it's back also made from natural materials

    Art In The Wild 2024: Nature Heals

    , Harrisburg
    Visit naturally inspired trailside creations along Wildwood Park’s wandering trails and wetlands. Using mostly natural materials, artists have constructed large and small installations. This year’s theme is “Nature Heals.” A map-brochure about the exhibit is available online, at the kiosks or inside the Nature Center. Art In the Wild is Presented by the Mooney family foundation.
  • Canal

    Canal Days and What Remains

    , Harrisburg
    Explore the engineering required, famous travelers who passed by Fort Hunter, and what has been left behind of the once awe-inspiring Pennsylvania Canals. The exhibit is included in a tour of the Mansion. Closed on Mondays.
  • StoryWalk at Detweiler Park featuring Bear's Bicycle

    Storywalk® – Bear’s Bicycle by Laura Renauld | Illustrated by Jennie Poh

    , Dauphin
    Spend time outdoors this summer at beautiful Detweiler Park enjoying Bear’s Bicycle by Laura Renauld and illustrated by Jennie Poh. Dauphin County Parks and Recreation and Penn State Health are excited to provide an interactive Storywalk®.
  • Wonka movie cover

    Sunset Music & Movie Series: Wonka

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy a free movie night outdoors under the stars at Fort Hunter Park. The whole family is sure to love "Wonka" which has a “PG” rating and a run time of 1 hour and 57 minutes. The Friends of Fort Hunter will operate a concession stand with movie snacks and drinks.
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    Friends of Wildwood Bus Trip: Off the Beaten Path, Part III: Celebrating the Susquehanna River

    , Harrisburg
    The Friends of Wildwood invite you to join them on their third “Off the Beaten Path” bus trip. We’ll take a comfortable, chartered mini-bus to explore three stops along the Susquehanna in York and Lancaster counties.
  • Lady bug on a leaf

    Creature Feature: Life Cycle of a Ladybug (Ages 4-6)

    , Harrisburg
    Can you name the cute little round red beetle that starts out looking like a mini alligator? Join a Naturalist to discover the life cycle of ladybugs. Children will enjoy a story, a craft or hands-on activity, and a short outdoor discovery walk. Registrants must be accompanied by a chaperone for the duration of the program; a maximum of one chaperone per child. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.  
  • Picnic on lawn

    Lunch on the West Lawn

    , Harrisburg
    Join us at Fort Hunter Mansion for a picnic in the park. Admission will include a picnic lunch and live entertainment on the West Lawn overlooking the beautiful Susquehanna River. Two ticket options will be available for purchase, one for lunch and live music, and one with lunch and live music plus a tour of the Fort Hunter Mansion. Please visit the website for more information!
  • Hearth cooking

    Hearth Cooking Demonstration Pt. 2

    , Harrisburg
    Stop by the summer kitchen at Fort Hunter’s Tavern House to see what’s cooking. Guests are invited to stop in and ask questions as we prepare sweet and savory summer treats over the hearth. This is an informal meet-and-greet style program so registration is not required.
  • Kids with clipboards outside

    Junior Naturalist Day Camp Week 1 (Ages 9-11)

    , Harrisburg
    Campers ages 9 to 11 who are interested in discovering the outdoors will spend the week learning more about species identification and natural history. Hands-on activities will explore life beneath water, amphibians, reptiles, birds and insects. Discover new habitats while visiting Detweiler Park and enjoy a live animal presentation. Various activities such as hiking, journaling and using binoculars will also be included. Please register for only one week. Registration limited to 20 campers.  
  • A group of people walking at Wildwood Park

    Wellness Wednesday Walks

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy a moderately-paced walk around Wildwood lake while enjoying the trees and animals at the park. This will be a walk on paved, gravel, and dirt surfaces. You can choose to walk only a portion, then turn around at any point if you would like to customize the length of your walk to your individual fitness goals.