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Wildwood Nature Center

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100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
https://www.wildwoodlake.org/nature-center/

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March 2020

Free

Bird Walk: Waterfowl and early Spring Migrants

March 25 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join leaders Rick and Peggy Price for an early spring walk along the Towpath looking for waterfowl and early spring migrants in their bright breeding plumages. Expect a few lingering winter species as well. Dress in layers as the weather can change quickly. Meet at the North Parking Lot along Industrial Road.

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Free

Preschool Storytime: Spring At Wildwood!

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join a Dauphin County Library System Librarian and Wildwood Environmental Educator for a fun story session for children ages 2-5. Stories, songs, rhymes, play and a take-home craft will introduce Wildwood critters and the joy of books and language to youngsters. Space is limited. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Fly-Tying Classes with Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a 7-week evening course on introductory fly-tying at the Olewine Nature Center. The class will be conducted on 7 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning on February 13. Instructors include experienced members of Trout Unlimited. Materials generously provided. Adults and youth 10 years and older are welcome. Space is limited. Price will be announced at a later date. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$225.00

Fundamentals of Photography

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until March 28, 2020

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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In this two-day hands-on workshop, a Canon Professional with skills you need to get the most from your camera. This 6-hour investment will improve your pictures. No previous experience required but participants should be familiar with their camera. For a detailed list of materials and more information, please visit www.photolivelearning.com. Space is limited. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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April 2020

Free

Kids Discover: Flowers and Pollinators

April 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Flowers bloom at all times of the year, even when there is still snow on the ground! Join a naturalist and learn how flowers are essential, how skunk cabbage melts snow, and other amazing pollinator facts. At the end of the program you will plant a seed to take home. Ages 5-8 and their parents. $5.00 per child and parents are free. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Free

Night Sky Exploration

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join Astronomical Society of Harrisburg President, Chip Templin for an evening of star and moon gazing at Detweiler Park. The evening will begin with a short 0.3 mile walk along variable terrain to the open fields. With the help of scopes, binoculars and skymaps, participants will be able to observe the moon in its waxing gibbous phase in addition to other popular spring constellations such as Cancer, Leo and Virgo to name a few. Dress for the weather and bring…

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Free

Art In The Wild: Meet the Artsts

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Art In The Wild artists are busy finishing up final touches to trailside art installations. Take a self-guided three-mile trail walk to meet the artists and observe the inner workings to creating outdoor art.

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Free

Wildwood Wellness Walk

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Walks are a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile loop trail at Wildwood Park. The trail contains moderate hills and is surfaced with crushed stone or macadam. Running or biking are also welcome. Bikers should be familiar with biking etiquette on this shared use trail. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

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Free

Art In The Wild Lecture by Patricia Goodrich

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Wildwood Park is pleased to welcome Patricia Goodrich, a MI native visual artist, curator and poet, as judge and lecturer for Art In The Wild 2020. Goodrich's passion for stones, water and our natural world is lifelong. Her earthworks, sculpture, two-dimensional works and multi-media installations can be found all over the world. She is the recipient of national and international fellowships and residencies and author of five collections of poetry. On April 9, she will present "ON SITE: Considerations in…

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Free

Art In The Wild 2020: Exhibit Open

April 11 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00am, repeating until September 30, 2020

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Visit naturally inspired trailside creations along Wildwood Park's wandering trails and wetlands. Using mostly natural materials, artists have constructed large and small installations. A map-brochure about the exhibit are available. The Art In The Wild exhibit will be on display until September 30, 2020. Park is open from Dawn to Dusk everyday.

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Free

Clean Up Your Earth Day

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood's continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves provided. Registration is required for groups of six or more. Go to www.wildwoodlake.org. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.

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Free

Wildwood Wellness Walk

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Walks are a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile loop trail at Wildwood Park. The trail contains moderate hills and is surfaced with crushed stone or macadam. Running or biking are also welcome. Bikers should be familiar with biking etiquette on this shared use trail. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

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Free

Flower Walk: Dutchman’s Breeches and Trout Lilies

April 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to look for early spring flowers such as Dutchman's breeches, trout lilies, spring beauties and flowering trees. Learn interesting facts about these early spring bloomers.

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Free

Wetlands Festival

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Wetlands Festival is a time to honor Wildwood's Park's treasured wetlands and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Join in the celebration with a day of free, fun educational activities. Enjoy musical entertainment and get to know the animals of Wildwood through live animal programs. Attendees participate in engaging environmental activities, enjoy delicious food and explore creative exhibitor displays and unique vendors.

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May 2020

Free

Bird Walk: Peak Migration

May 6 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Meet Rick and Peggy Price at the Nature Center Park Lot to search for spring migrants. 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 e in full swing.

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Free

Wildwood Wellness Walk

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Walks are a great way to get in shape. Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile loop trail at Wildwood Park. The trail contains moderate hills and is surfaced with crushed stone or macadam. Running or biking are also welcome. Bikers should be familiar with biking etiquette on this shared use trail. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Check www.wildwoodlake.org for cancellation information in case of inclement weather.

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Free

Volunteer Work Day

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Take this opportunity to work outside and help Wildwood's continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves provided. Registration is required for groups of six or more. Go to www.wildwoodlake.org. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.

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$35.00

Sign Design Workshop

May 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Design a decorative wooden sign. Everything needed for each participant to create their own nature-themed sign will be provided. Select from two different style boards. This do-it-yourself project is great for a girl's afternoon or for mother and daughter to make together. Enjoy light refreshments while finishing your final touches. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org. There are two sessions to choose from: 11:00am and 1:00pm. $35.00 per person.

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Free

Flower Walk: Jack in the Pulpits and Other Spring Flowers

May 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to search for Jack in the Pulpits. Learn interesting facts about the Jack in The Pulpit and why it could also be known as "Jill in the Pulpit".

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$5.00

Kids Discover: Butterflies and Moths

May 30 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Where do they go in the winter? Learn the answers to these questions plus much more while exploring the life cycle, anatomy and different species of butterflies and moths that call Pennsylvania home. At the end of the program, journey outside with a naturalist to collect your own butterfly or moth to observe and release. Ages 5-8 and their parents are welcome. $5.00 per child and parents are free. Register…

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June 2020

Free

Tree Identification Walk

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Identifying trees by the bark is a possibility but sometimes difficult. On this walk we will be aided in the identification by flowers and leaves.

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$25.00

WILD About Pollinators

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Pollinating insects are vital to our survival! Join educators from the PA Game Commission, DCNR State parks and Wildwood Park for a fun, interactive and educational workshop on pollinators. Discover the many species of pollinating insects and their crucial role in the food chain for both wildlife and people. Explore why we should be concerned about the threats to pollinators and how we can help. Participants will engage in hands-on activities from the Project WILD K-12 Guide. All participants will…

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$150.00

Nature Explorers Day Camp (ages 6-8)

June 22 @ 9:00 am - June 26 @ 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Children ages 6-8 will learn about animal adaptations, use binoculars on nature walks, explore a creek, and enjoy live animal demonstrations. Each day we will explore a new trail, get to know our local plants and animals, and participate in games and crafts. Registration opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Space is limited. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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July 2020

$150.00

Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 9-11)

July 6 @ 9:00 am - July 10 @ 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Campers ages 9-11 will learn a variety of naturalist and outdoor skills. They will use those skills to explore different habitats while hiking, using binoculars, and canoeing on Wildwood Lake. Learn what it means to be a naturalist and spend a morning fishing on Paxton Creek. Space is limited. Registration opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$150.00

Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 9-11)

July 13 @ 9:00 am - July 17 @ 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Campers ages 9-11 will learn a variety of naturalist and outdoor skills. They will use those skills to explore different habitats while hiking, using binoculars, and canoeing on Wildwood Lake. Learn what it means to be a naturalist and spend a morning fishing on Paxton Creek. Space is limited. Registration opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$125.00

JumpStart PHotography for Kids (ages 7-12)

July 20 @ 10:00 am - July 24 @ 12:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Students will be loaned a digital camera to explore the operation and functions of the camera, lighting, and composition. Lead by a Canon professional, this mostly indoor class will provide a great base for jumping into projects where they will be practicing their photography and encouraging creativity. For a detailed list of materials and more information, please visit, http://photo4kids.org. Space is limited. Registration opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$125.00

JumpStart Photography for Kids (ages 7-12)

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - July 24 @ 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Students will be loaned a digital camera to explore the operation and functions of the camera, lighting, and composition. Lead by a Canon professional, this mostly indoor class will provide a great base for jumping into projects where they will be practicing their photography and encouraging creativity. For a detailed list of materials and more information, please visit, http://photo4kids.org. Space is limited. Registration opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$150.00

Outdoor Week ( ages 12-14)

July 27 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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If you like to get outside, this is the camp for you! Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12-14 will discover the natural world while learning skills like shelter building, fishing, and wild edibles. Learn the importance of teamwork in the outdoors while building a campfire and canoeing. Registration begins on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Space is limited. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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August 2020

$200.00

Photo Boot Camp: Fundamentals of Photography (ages 13-17)

August 3 @ 10:00 am - August 7 @ 2:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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If your teen is interested in learning the basics of photography and is between the ages of 13-17, this camp may be for them. This is a mostly indoor lecture-based, instructional and educational program where students will learn the basics of picture taking. Each student will be loaned a digital SLR camera by a Canon professional. For a detailed list of materials and more information, please visit, http://photo4kids.org. Space is limited. Registration opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Please register…

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