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Wildwood Nature Center

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

Past Events

October 2019

Free

Agriculture, Ponds & Amphibians

October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Biologist Gene Wengert will present an in-depth look at a local parcel of land, the amphibians that live on it and how small farming agriculture is helping the environment. This multi-media presentation will show what is really happening on the an agricultural parcel over the seasons. Gene is a renowned local biology and environmental science professor. He has put together a beautiful talk with video taken of our area.

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November 2019

$5.00

Dr. Seuss Science Series

November 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 27, 2019

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join an Environmental Educator for fun interactive Dr. Seuss story session for children ages 3-5. Stories, rhymes, and a take-home craft/activity will introduce science through the eyes of Dr. Seuss and the joy of books and language to youngsters. register for one class or all of them. Chaperones are free. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Free

Volunteer Work Day

November 9, 2019 @ 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/events to register. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.

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$5.00

Kids Discover: Night Time Wonders

November 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Soak up the spirit of the night with a guided walk. Daylight savings time has just begun, so the sun will seem to set early. Begin at the Olewine Pavilion by the Nature Center with a short program to discover unique nighttime experiments and games. All ages are welcome to attend this flat, easy 1-mile walk. Chaperones are free. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Free

Waterfowl Walk

November 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join leaders Rick and Peggy Price to search for migrating waterfowl along the Towpath Trail. There may be other late arrivals such as Winter Wrens and Rusty Blackbirds. Meet at the North Lot at 8:00am.

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$20.00

Wreath Workshop

November 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 1, 2019

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Make an evergreen wreath out of natural materials. Everything will be supplied to make a wreath with decoration from nature, including cones, berries, nuts and seed pods. Bring work gloves and clippers. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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December 2019

Free

Project FeederWatch

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Stop by the Nature Center, enjoy a warm beverage, and help count the birds. Join a naturalist and help observe, monitor and record the number of bird species that visit feeders throughout the winter months. Project FeederWatch is an ongoing research project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Pre-registration is not required.

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$5.00

Natural Ornaments

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, repeating until December 15, 2019

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Children and their chaperones are invited to make holiday ornaments using pine cones, milkweed pods, and other natural materials. Everything but the creativity will be supplied to make works of art. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events. Two sessions to choose from on December 8 and 15. $5.00 per participant.

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Free

Winter Discovery at Wildwood Park

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 31, 2019

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Visit the Olewine Nature Center, where special exhibits will highlight some of Wildwood's animals in winter. Self-guided stations will help visitors understand more about natural history and enhance a winter outdoor experience. Closed 12/25 and Mondays.

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Free

Photography Contest Display

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 25, 2020

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Visit the Olewine Nature Center to view and vote for your favorite photos! Take a tour of more than one hundred beautiful exhibited photo entries. Winners will be announced Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries. The People's Choice awards will be announced after the display ends. Closed 12/25. 1/1, and Mondays.

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Free

Art In The Wild Workshop

December 14, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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To assist Art In The Wild installation proposals, an informal workshop will be held to review the do's and don'ts of construction/design. This workshop is intended to help participants assemble better proposals by identifying potential problems that could jeopardize a proposal's selection. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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January 2020

$5.00

Kids Discover: Animal Adaptations

January 11, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Do different birds have different types of feathers? what can you learn from examining an animal's fur, teeth or feet? Answer these questions and more as we look at pelts, skulls, feathers, and other animal artifacts to learn how animals are uniquely adapted to habitats. Space is limited. Parents are free. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Free

Winter Lecture Series: Spotlight on PA State Species: Eastern Hemlock – Our State Tree

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The Eastern Hemlock was designated as Pennsylvania's official state tree in 1931. Hemlock trees are important to our environment and provide shelter for many shrubs, birds, and our native brook trout. However, our state tree is currently under attack by an invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Join Nate Reagle, DCNR Bureau of Forestry Ecologist, for a presentation on the Eastern Hemlock. Pre-registration is not required.

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Free

Winter Lecture Series: Spotlight on PA State Species: White-tailed Deer – Our State Animal

January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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white-tailed Deer, designated as Pennsylvania's state animal in 1959, have been thriving in our forests for years. However, their populations have recently been threatened by Chronic Wasting Disease which is slowly spreading throughout the state. Join us to learn more from a PA Game Commission expert about how this alarming disease is impacting our state animal. Pre-registration is not required.

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February 2020

$5.00

Kids Discover: Owls

February 8, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Explore what makes owls unique. Discover how owls can hunt at night and learn identification of different species of owls by listening to their unique night time calls. Become a lab scientist and dissect an owl pellet to learn what they eat. Geared for ages 7-12. $5.00 per child with parents free. Space is limited. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Free

Winter Lecture Series Spotlight on PA State Species: Ruffed Grouse – Our State Bird

February 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The Ruffed Grouse was designated as Pennsylvania's official state bird in 1931. As populous as grouse once were, their species is currently declining in Pennsylvania. Habitat loss and disease are believed to be causing this decline. Join PA Game Commission Ruffed Grouse Biologist, Lisa Williams to learn more and what can be done to increase grouse populations. Pre-registration is not required.

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Fly-Tying Classes with Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

February 13, 2020 @ 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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Free

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science program of Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology that relies on people to provide a "snapshot" of bird populations in February. birders from Appalachian Audubon Society and Audubon Pennsylvania will be on hand to help people of all ages learn more about bird ID. This is a chance to enjoy winter birds from the warmth of the indoors. A guided bird walk will be offered at 1:00 pm following the count, weather…

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Free

Preschool Storytime: Winter at Wildwood!

February 19, 2020 @ 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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Free

Winter Lecture Series Spotlight on PA State Species: Eastern Hellbender – Our State Amphibian

February 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The Eastern Hellbender became Pennsylvania's state amphibian in 2019. Members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's student leadership council and Lycoming College's Clean Water Institute worked with the state legislatures to pass this bill. Join Emily Thorpe, PA Student Leadership Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, along with representatives from the Student Leadership Council as they discuss this amphibian and their journey to make the Eastern Hellbender Pennsylvania's first state amphibian. Pre-registration is not required.

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March 2020

$10.00

Boy and Girl Scout – Juniors, Webelos and Higher: Leave No Trace

March 7, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Leave No Trace is a program designed to explore important outdoor skills and wilderness etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, discuss several ways to minimize their impact on the environment, and learn what kind of gear to bring with them on a trip. Scouts will also examine the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and the techniques behind them. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or…

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$5.00

Dr. Seuss Science Series

March 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 18, 2020

Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Stories, rhymes, and a take-home craft/activity will introduce science through the eyes of Dr. Seuss and the joy of books and language to youngsters. For children ages3-5. Chaperones are free. Register for one class or all of them! Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events. $5.00 per child per session. Parents are free.

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Free

Volunteer Work Day

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Kick off the spring season and help Wildwood's continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. Refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required. Register groups of six or more at www.wildwoodlake.org/events. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.

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$15.00

Spring Wreath Workshop

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Decorate a spring wreath out of natural materials. Everything will be supplied to make a wreath with decorations from nature, including cones, nuts and seed pods. Select from a variety of wreath bases including grape vines and wire frames. Participants may bring additional items and ribbon. After constructing a wreath, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while adding finishing touches. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events. There will be two sessions to choose from: 10:00am or 11:00am.

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$225.00

Fundamentals of Photography

March 21, 2020 @ 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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Free

Flower Walk: Cold Tolerant Plants

March 22, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to seek out Skunk Cabbage. On the way to the North Boardwalk, we may see other cold tolerant plants and anything left over from winter. A few trees should be flowering.

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Free

Bird Walk: Waterfowl and early Spring Migrants

March 25, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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April 2020

Free

Kids Discover: Flowers and Pollinators

April 4, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 9:00 am - June 26, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 10, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 17, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 10:00 am - July 24, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - July 24, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 31, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 10:00 am - August 7, 2020 @ 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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January 2021

Free

Art In The Wild: Call for Artists 2021

January 6 @ 8:00 am - January 22 @ 5:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join the fun in making outdoor art in the park. Submit your Art In The Wild idea today. It's easy and free. This year's theme is "Reimaging". Go to www.wildwoodlake.org and submit an application by January 22, 2021.

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Free

Wildwood Park: Winter Discovery

January 6 @ 10:00 am - January 16 @ 4:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Ever wonder where animals go during the winter? Stop by the Nature Center to learn about what the wildlife is up to in the winter months! Winter Discovery will include a variety of self-guided indoor and outdoor stations with information about wintertime in the park, take home items and interactive activities about animal behaviors in winter. The outdoor stations (new this year) include signs along the Delta Boardwalk to enhance your winter walk. This is a free activity at Wildwood…

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Wildwood Park: Photography Contest Display

January 6 @ 10:00 am - January 27 @ 4:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Visit the Olewine Nature Center to view and vote for your favorite photos! take a tour of the 100-plus beautiful matted photo entries in the Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest. Winners will be announced on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries. The People's Choice awards will e announced after the display ends. Prizes go to top votes in each category. This is a free activity at Wildwood Park. The Nature Center is…

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Wildwood Park: Virtual Winter Lecture Series: Spotlight on PA State Species: Mountain Laurel – Our State Flower

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Mountain Laurel was designated as Pennsylvania's official state tree in 1933 by Gov. Gifford Pinchot. It is one of the few broad-leaved, evergreen plants native to PA that do not lose their leaves in the winter. Each spring, Pennsylvania's mountainsides come alive with blooms of mountain laurel. Join Kelly Sitch, DCNR Ecologist, for a VIRTUAL presentation on our state flower and other native wildflowers. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Virtual Winter Lecture Series: Spotlight on PA State Species: Brook Trout – Our State Fish

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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In March of 1970, the brook trout became our state fish. Living in Pennsylvania's 4,000 miles of coldwater streams, they are the only trout species native to Pennsylvania. Clear and pure coldwater streams containing no pollution provide the perfect habitat for this fish species. Brook trout are also called speckled trout, squaretails or just "brookies" by anglers. Join Jason Detar for a virtual presentation on our state fish. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$8.00

Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Owls (ages 4-6)

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Guess WHOOO? Listen to a fun story about owls and learn what makes these nocturnal raptors unique. Discover what owls of PA look and sound like by identifying their feathers and calls. Explore what owls eat by becoming a lab scientist and dissecting an owl pellet. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Owls (ages 7-10)

January 30 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Guess WHOOO? Listen to a fun story about owls and learn what makes these nocturnal raptors unique. Discover what owls of PA look and sound like by identifying their feathers and calls. Explore what owls eat by becoming a lab scientist and dissecting an owl pellet. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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February 2021

$5.00

Kids Discover: Groundhogs (ages 4-6)

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Will Phil see his shadow and announce 6 more weeks of winter? Where do animals spend the winter? Join a naturalist to discover more about groundhogs. A walk will follow, where we will search for signs of other burrowing animals. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Kids Discover: Groundhogs (ages 7-10)

February 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Will Phil see his shadow and announce 6 more weeks of winter? Where do animals spend the winter? Join a naturalist to discover more about groundhogs. A walk will follow, where we will search for signs of other burrowing animals. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Virtual Winter Lecture Series: Spotlight on PA State Species: Firefly – Our State Insect

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The firefly was designated as Pennsylvania's official state insect in 1974. Students from an elementary school near Philadelphia worked with their teach to nominate the firefly as our state insect after learning there is a species named after our state. Commonly called "lightning bugs", these insects brighten our summer nights with tiny, brilliant twinkling lights - a true wonder of nature. Join PA Firefly Festival staff for a virtual presentation on our state insect. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science program of Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology that relies on people to provide a "snapshot" of bird populations in February. This is a chance to enjoy winter birds from the warmth of the indoors. A guided bird walk will be offered at 1:00 pm following the count, weather permitting. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$5.00

Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Animals and Their Tracks (ages 4-6)

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join a naturalist to learn the art of tracking. Discover walking patterns and learn about track identification before heading outside for a tracking foray. Explore park trails in search of a variety of animal tracks. Snow on the ground is helpful but not necessary. Dress for the weather. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Animals and Their Tracks (ages 7-10)

February 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Join a naturalist to learn the art of tracking. Discover walking patterns and learn about track identification before heading outside for a tracking foray. Explore park trails in search of a variety of animal tracks. Snow on the ground is helpful but not necessary. Dress for the weather. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Virtual Winter Lecture Series: The Mushroom State: Mushrooms of PA

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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"The Mushroom Capital of the World" is found right here in Pennsylvania! Kennett Square, located in southern Chester County, produces over 65 percent of the mushrooms consumed in the United States. Grown in dark, windowless buildings, mushrooms can be farmed year-round. However, fungus farming is completely different from growing plants, like corn and potatoes. Join Dr. John Dawson for a virtual presentation on PA mushrooms. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$5.00

Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Snowflakes (ages 4-6)

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Did you know every snowflake is different? Join a naturalist to learn all about where snowflakes come from and how they are formed. Make your own unique snowflake and discover the size of the largest snowflake ever found! Fun crafts and a walk will follow, weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Snowflakes (ages 7-10)

February 27 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Did you know every snowflake is different? Join a naturalist to learn all about where snowflakes come from and how they are formed. Make your own unique snowflake and discover the size of the largest snowflake ever found! Fun crafts and a walk will follow, weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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March 2021

$5.00

Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Woodpeckers (ages 4-6)

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Do woodpeckers get headaches? Learn all about woodpeckers and their adaptations. Discover what they eat, where they live and make a woodpecker craft. A walk will follow where we will search for signs of woodpeckers in Wildwood Park. Dress for the weather. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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$5.00

Wildwood Park: Kids Discover: Woodpeckers (ages 7-10)

March 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Do woodpeckers get headaches? Learn all about woodpeckers and their adaptations. Discover what they eat, where they live and make a woodpecker craft. A walk will follow where we will search for signs of woodpeckers in Wildwood Park. Dress for the weather. Masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

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Wildwood Park: Volunteer Work Day

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildwood Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, 17110
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Kick off the spring season and help Wildwood's continued park and habitat enhancement projects. Tools and work gloves will be provided. Refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is not required. Register groups of six or more at www.wildwoodlake.org/events. Assume the work day is cancelled if it is raining.

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