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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®.
  • 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.
  • colored pencils lined up

    Wildwood Park Coloring Contest

    , Harrisburg
    Participate in our fourth annual Wildwood Park Coloring Contest! Children of all ages may submit a nature-themed 8 ½ x 11 hand drawn, portrait-style coloring page using colored pencils, crayons or markers. Entries will be submitted to the Nature Center in person, via mail or email during the month of July and hung for the public’s viewing in the Exhibit Hall. Vote for your favorite in early August. Please note the Nature Center is closed Mondays, and holidays.
  • Kids with clipboards outside

    Junior Naturalist Day Camp Week 2 (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.  
  • Two people in kayaks

    Introduction to Kayaking on the Swatara Creek

    , Hershey
    This adventurous wellness program is geared for those interested in learning how to kayak. Enjoy approximately six miles of easy paddling for approximately two hours on the normally gentle, tree lined Swatara Creek. This guided two-hour evening paddle will let you discover firsthand why many are getting involved in this healthy life-long hobby. Guides will provide kayak skill instruction before and during the trip.
  • Migration movie cover

    Sunset Music & Movie Series: Migration

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy a movie night outdoors under the stars at Fort Hunter Park. The whole family will love "Migration" which has a “PG” rating and a run time of 1 hour and 22 minutes. The Friends of Fort Hunter will operate a concession stand with movie snacks and drinks.
  • Luna moth on tree

    Creature Feature: Lifecycle of a Luna Moth (Ages 4-6)

    , Harrisburg
    Come meet one of the largest moths in North America! Join a Naturalist to investigate the life cycle and adaptations of the beautiful luna moth. 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.  
  • Attendees outside enjoying BrewFest together at Fort Hunter Park


    , Harrisburg
    Join us as we welcome over 50 craft beers to the 12th Annual Dauphin County BrewFest! Taste craft beer, listen to great music, taste gourmet foods, and learn how to brew beer yourself!  Set along the Susquehanna River in front of the Fort Hunter Mansion, this event is not to be missed! Visit the BrewFest Festival Page for more details!