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  • A girl rock climbing

    Introduction to Rock Climbing

    , Marietta
    Marietta, PA $50 per person Let's take things to new heights! It’s safe, fun, and you go at your pace and stop when you’re done. You will be attached to ropes and backup safety to ensure you’re comfortable and getting the thrills and self-discovery that are waiting for you. This adventurous wellness program is geared for those interested in climbing but never have, have climbed in the gym, or are new to outdoor climbing. Rock climbing and rappelling sessions can be adjusted to any difficulty level to satisfy your enjoyment in a beginner-friendly environment.
  • Puss in Boots Movie Poster Playing at Fort Hunter Park June 23, 2023

    Sunset Music & Movie Series - "Puss in Boots The Last Wish"

    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Park Free Enjoy a movie night outdoors under the stars at Fort Hunter Park. The whole family is sure to love “Puss in Boots The Last Wish.” The Friends of Fort Hunter will operate a concession stand with movie snacks and drinks.
  • Kitchen Table with Plants, Herbs and Caning Jars

    Home Skills from History: Homemade Jam

    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Mansion Summer Kitchen Free Join us in the summer kitchen at Fort Hunter Mansion for a live, in-person demonstration. Each month we will explore a different skill or chore whether it’s drying fresh herbs from the garden, hand-washing laundry, or preserving food for the winter. Admission to these demonstrations is free and open to the public. No registration required.
  • Children with nets in a creek

    Nature Explorers Day Camp (Ages 6-8)

    , Harrisburg
    Children ages 6 to 8 will learn about animal adaptations, explore aquatic life in Paxton Creek and enjoy a live animal presentation. Each day will focus on a new, fun topic about plants and animals and include nature themed activities and crafts. Please register for only one week.
  • Books and a cup on a table

    Stories on the Stairs

    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Mansion and Park $3 per child, chaperones are free Join us on the front stairs of Fort Hunter Mansion every other Wednesday morning this summer for our new series, Stories on the Stairs! Families will enjoy a story on the stairs of the mansion followed by a hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required.
  • Firefly outside

    Firefly Night

    , Dauphin
    Join Naturalists at Detweiler Park for a chance to observe and catch fireflies in their natural habitat at night! A short hike and all the supplies you need will be provided. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. If the weather prevents the program from happening on Wednesday, June 28 the alternative date is Thursday, July 6. Program is for all ages and limited to 30 participants. This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. Pre-registration required.
  • Fiddle & Fray By Vivance Live

    Sunset Music & Movie Series: Fiddle & Fray By Vivance Live

    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Park Free Join us for a FREE concert at Fort Hunter Park as we welcome Fiddle & Fray By Vivance Live to the stage! We have dinner options too with the Italian Job Food Truck and dessert from Sarah’s Creamery serving Penn State Ice Cream. Food Trucks begin serving at 6:00 PM The performance begins at 7:00 PM
  • colored pencils lined up

    Wildwood Park Coloring Contest

    , Harrisburg
    Participate in our third 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. For more information visit
  • Feet in boots walking on rocks outside

    Environmental Pioneers (Ages 15-17)

    , Harrisburg
    Join various Naturalists during this two-day camp in learning about a variety of topics related to the environment. Teens ages 15-17 will discover what jobs exist in the environmental world and dive into various activities related to these jobs such as water quality, species identification and specimen preparation. Part of the day will consist of team building and group activities, while the other portion will allow campers to choose their own activities from a list of topics depending on their personal interests. This list will change each day. With newfound knowledge of these occupations, we hope to jumpstart your career path in these fields.
  • Lyle, Lyle Crocodile singing in a bathtub. Movie showing at Fort Hunter Park July 7, 2023

    Sunset Music & Movie Series - "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile"

    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Park Free Enjoy a movie night outdoors under the stars at Fort Hunter Park. The whole family is sure to love “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile.” The Friends of Fort Hunter will operate a concession stand with movie snacks and drinks. Series sponsor: Renewal by Andersen of Central PA Supporting sponsor: Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Services