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  • Hands working in soil wearing a garden glove and using a tool

    Volunteer Work Day

    , Harrisburg
    Wildwood Park Free Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood’s continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves provided. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining. This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. Pre-registration required.
  • Two children and two adults looking at antique item

    Children’s Interactive Tour

    , Harrisburg
    During this interactive tour designed for children and families, learn what life was like for the families that lived in the Fort Hunter Mansion from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. You will walk through the mansion’s rooms and learn about their different uses, see pictures of the people and animals that lived there, learn about objects of their everyday life, and do some hands-on activities. This tour is best suited for the young (age 5-12) and young at heart who want to have fun and enjoy learning. The mansion tour is approximately 1 hour, including outdoor games (weather permitting) and a visit to the museum shop, where participants will receive a 10% discount on their purchases.
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    Mansion Tour with ASL Interpreter

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of historic Fort Hunter Mansion. Tours will be led by one of our docents and accompanied by an ASL interpreter. Come and see the beauty of the house and learn about those that lived within the walls of this historic building.
  • Young child with a praying mantis on hat

    Junior Naturalist Day Camp (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.
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    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.
  • Survival items such as sunscreen, knife, lighter, etc

    Kids Discover: The Ten Essentials Ages (6-10)

    , Harrisburg
    Do you ever wonder what you would do in a survival situation? Join a Naturalist for a hike at Fort Hunter Conservancy and discover what essential items to take with you on every adventure. This program will provide helpful information for your future outdoor explorations. A few items will be provided for you to take home and start your own survival pack! Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
  • Walk with a Doc - Veteran's Park

    , Harrisburg
    Veteran’s Park Free Join us for a walk at Veterans Park! This Walk With A Doc program is designed to provide some general health information and a moderately-paced walk on the Capital Area Greenbelt. The walk is FREE pre-registration is required. The full walk will be approximately 2 miles however, there is an option to head back earlier if you don’t want to walk the full walk. Most of the walk will be flat, but there are some slightly elevated areas. Dr. Cayce Onks from Penn State Hershey Medical Center will be our doctor for this program. He specializes in Family Medicine, and Primary Care Sports Medicine and he is an Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Walk Topic: Managing heat while exercising outside.
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    Sustainable Living Series: Community Gardening & Community-Supported Agriculture

    , Harrisburg
    Join Dauphin County Community Garden Coordinator Elizabeth Weiner, for an evening lecture on all things community gardens. She’ll share stories and highlights from this year’s community gardeners. Joining her will be Bethany Hinkle from Spiral Path Farm, an organic farm located in Perry County, which offers produce boxes to its CSA members. This is the second lecture in our Summer Sustainable Living Series which will focus this year on Sustainably Grown Food. Program will occur entirely outdoors, meet in the Olewine Pavilion. Pre-registration required.
  • Blooming Lotus Dancers performing on July 14 at Fort Hunter Park

    Sunset Music & Movie Series: Blooming Lotus Dance

    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Park Free Join us for a FREE concert at Fort Hunter Park as we welcome Blooming Lotus Dance to the stage! We have dinner options too with Bala Saahas Indian Food Truck and dessert with Sarah’s Creamery serving Penn State Ice Cream. Food Trucks begin serving at 6:00 PM The performance begins at 7:00 PM
  • A crowd of people enjoying BrewFest outdoors at Fort Hunter Park


    , Harrisburg
    Fort Hunter Park $40 in advance | $50 at the door (if available) | Designated Driver $15 Join us as we welcome over 50 craft beers to the 10th 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!