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    Forest Bathing - Nature-Based Mindfulness Walk

    , Harrisburg
    On this slow-paced walk, you will be invited to experience your breathing, senses, and the natural environment at various locations throughout Wildwood Park. Participants should be able to walk about 1- 1.5 miles on paved, gravel, and wood plank trails with some elevation gain. The program concludes with a lovely forest tea.
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    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.  
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    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.
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    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.
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    Outdoor Week (Ages 12-14)

    , Harrisburg
    Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 14 will spend the week outdoors exploring the natural world and learning basic wilderness survival skills. Discover the importance of teamwork while working together to build insect hotels, shelters and fires. Navigation skills, edible plants, kayaking and knot-tying are just a few of the fun activities included. Registration limited to 18 campers.  
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    Sunset Music & Movie Series: Central PA Friends of Jazz present "Ben Mauger's New Orleans Jazz Band"

    , Harrisburg
    Join us for a FREE concert at Fort Hunter Park as Central PA Friends of Jazz present "Ben Mauger's New Orleans Jazz Band". Dauphin County Parks & Recreation is excited to offer a summer of fun events for the whole family with our Sunset Music & Movie Series! Food Trucks: Sarah’s Creamery is available beginning at 6:30 pm.
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    Little Sprouts (Ages 4-5)

    , Harrisburg
    Sprouts ages 4 and 5 will discover nature through hands-on activities. Spend the day exploring the outdoors through discovery and sensory walks, stories, crafts and much more. Learn about the different plants and animals that call Wildwood Park home. Chaperones are not required to stay with their sprouts. Registration limited to 15 campers.  
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    Little Sprouts (Ages 4-5)

    , Harrisburg
    Sprouts ages 4 and 5 will discover nature through hands-on activities. Spend the day exploring the outdoors through discovery and sensory walks, stories, crafts and much more. Learn about the different plants and animals that call Wildwood Park home. Chaperones are not required to stay with their sprouts. Registration limited to 15 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.
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    Sunset Music & Movie Series: Wish

    , Harrisburg
    Enjoy a movie night outdoors under the stars at Fort Hunter Park. The whole family is sure to love "Wish" which has a “PG” rating and a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes. The Friends of Fort Hunter will operate a concession stand with movie snacks and drinks.