Dauphin County Parks and Recreation provides a variety of educational and cultural programs throughout the year.

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Arts & Culture: Dauphin County Parks & Recreation is on a mission to expand our diverse programs to include arts and culture. We are connecting individuals from diverse cultures, ages, and economic means in an effort to strengthen our community through the arts.

Community Gardens

Community Gardens: Enjoy the bounties of your harvest! Rent a plot at one of two Dauphin County Community Garden locations located off of Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA. Each 30'x30' plot is tilled and ready for planting. The 30'x30' plots are $20 per plot. Each gardener receives one packet of assorted vegetable seeds. A limited number of smaller 10'x10' plots have been set aside for the cost of $10 per plot.

2024 Registration for returning gardeners occurred on January 31st and February 1st, 9:00 AM -5:00 PM.  Registration for new gardeners was February 2nd, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  This took take place in the common room of the Tavern House at Fort Hunter Park | 100 Fort Hunter Road | Harrisburg, PA 17110.  Plots are $20 each for the season.  We accept cash or checks. 

Supporting Sponsor:

Pennsylvania Department of Health

We are sold out of plots for the 2024 season and are no longer accepting wait list submissions.  We will post our 2025 registration date at a later time. For other questions, please contact Michelle K. McKeown at or by calling 717-599-5188 ext 2117.

Community Garden Locations:
Elmerton Avenue Gardens: 1501 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg PA
Dogwood Gardens: Corner of Sycamore Dr. and Dogwood Ave.

Park Rules

Educator Workshops: The PA Department of Education has approved Dauphin County Parks and Recreation as an Act 48 provider. This provides educators another avenue in which to complete their requirements for active certification. Dauphin County Parks and Recreation also works in conjunction with other organizations such as the PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, PPL, and the PA Department of Education to introduce educators to quality natural history curriculums.

Educators, both formal and informal have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of history and nature by attending educator workshops. Wildwood workshops deal with topics such as wetlands, forests, birds, reptiles and amphibians, alternative energy, and plants and animals. Visit our Events Calendar for a complete list of upcoming programs.

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History Programs: Dauphin County Parks & Recreation offers a number of historical programs throughout the year. Visit our Events Calendar for a detailed list of upcoming events.

Missed a lecture? Check out our Youtube channel for previously covered topics.

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Nature Programs: A number of nature programs are presented each month at our various parks. Please check our Events Calendar for a detailed list of upcoming programs!

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Park Rx Programs:

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The goal of Park Rx is to benefit all ages in the community from children to seniors, create diverse activities to appeal to a wide range of health and wellness interests, strive to improve cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development, and create positive experiences in nature which can lead to a lifelong commitment for caring and conserving our natural resources. We're excited to bring some amazing instructors and programs to our parks and the surrounding area. 

Visit our Events Calendar and register for a program today! Click on the pink Park Rx programs tab and the calendar will have a filtered view of all upcoming Park Rx programs. 

Title Sponsor:

Highmark Bright Blue Futures Logo

Supporting Sponsor:

Penn State Health Logo

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School Programs: School education programs are available at both Fort Hunter and Wildwood Parks by appointment only. Click on each park below for additional information.

Sponsored by:
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Scout Programs: Dauphin County Parks and Recreation embraces the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Our program educates scouts about nature and the environment. We encourage all scouts to look into our programs and workshops for different levels. We offer a variety of programs on topics such as wonderful water, hiking, animals, plants, and leave no trace.

See our calendar of events for upcoming topics of interest. You can filter the calendar by clicking the blue scout's button on the right to see just scout-specific programs. 

Summer Day Camps: Wildwood Park offers a variety of Summer Day Camps for children ages 4 - 17.

Presenting Sponsor:

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Wildwood Park Summer Day Camps