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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.
  • 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.
  • Boy with a net on a riverbank looking for Pollywogs

    Kids Discover: Pollywogs (Ages 5-10)

    , Dauphin
    Join a Naturalist at Detweiler Park for a fun day of pond/creek exploration. Children will have the chance to catch and release tadpoles and other critters in Detweiler Pond using nets. Dress for the weather, water shoes recommended but not required. Registrants must be accompanied by a chaperone for the duration of the program. A maximum of one chaperone per child is permitted. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
  • A group of people walking on a trail at Wildwood Park

    Wetlands Festival

    , Harrisburg
    Explore Wildwood Park’s treasured wetlands for our 24th Annual Wetlands Festival! Join us for a day of free, fun, and educational activities with special musical guests and food trucks. Enjoy wildlife exhibits, walks, and a wide variety of local and regional environmental organizations. Interact with live animals and make crafts to take home. There is something for everyone!
  • Man with Binoculars watching for birds

    Bird Walk: Peak Migration

    , Harrisburg
    Meet Rick and Peggy Price at the Nature Center Parking Lot to search for migrating songbirds. This can be the best walk of the year when it comes to the variety of species seen. Warblers, phoebes, wrens, orioles, other songbirds and raptors are all a possibility. Spring migration will be in full swing! This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
  • Early Spring Flower

    Spring Flower Walk

    , Dauphin
    Join a Naturalist for a leisurely afternoon walk within the meadows and forests of Detweiler Park. Spring is the perfect time to take a walk in search of delicate blooms. Dress for the weather. This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. Pre-registration required.
  • Stary night sky

    May the 4th Be with You!- A Stargazing Event

    , Dauphin
    Enjoy the night sky, learn the myths and legends of constellations, and discover the basics of astrophotography! The evening will begin with a short 0.75 mile walk along variable terrain to the open fields of the Airstrip Loop. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. Pre-registration is required.
  • Victorian dancers, spring flowers, bonsi and Fort Hunter Mansion

    Garden Faire

    , Harrisburg
    Browse through the plant sale & craft show and enjoy displays, relax over tasty food at the Cafe, and take in the art show and sale. Garden chats and children's activities are offered, as well as Victorian dancing, and live music. This day also celebrates the opening of Fort Hunter Mansion for the season!
  • Kids studying Macroinvertebrates

    Kids Discover: Macroinvertebrates (Ages 8-12)

    , Harrisburg
    The wetlands of Wildwood are teeming with life below the surface. Discover and learn about these unique aquatic critters as you observe them up close and personal. Participants should meet at the North Parking Lot. Dress for the weather, water shoes recommended but not required. Registrants must be accompanied by a chaperone for the duration of the program. A maximum of one chaperone per child is permitted. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
  • Kids enjoying a homeschool program in a historic house

    Homeschool Days 2024

    , Harrisburg
    Join us for Homeschool Days where students will learn about the rich history of Fort Hunter and the people that lived here over the past few hundred years. The day will include games, activities, and an interactive tour of Fort Hunter Mansion. This program is suited for students ages 7-12 years.