Dauphin County to Host Free Wetlands Festival at Wildwood Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 28 - Wildwood Park in Harrisburg

April 4, 2018

Celebrate the natural wonder of the wetland at the 18th Annual Wetlands Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg.

There will be walks focusing on turtles, frogs, birds, and wildflowers. Family-friendly music, activities, exhibits, and food vendors round out the day.

Special events schedule:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Pre-Festival Bird Walk with Ed Chubb and Ian Gardner
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Live Music with Randy Heisley-Cato
  • 10:00 a.m. – Meet the Frogs with Nate McKelvie
  • 11:00 a.m. – Meet the Turtles with Nate McKelvie
  • 11:00 a.m. – Bird Walk with Rick Price, Peggy Price and Eli DePaulis
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Paws, Claws, Scales and Tails with ZooAmerica
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Pond Tours with Dr. Walter Meshaka and Gene Wingert
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Live Music with Mark DeRose
  • 2:00 p.m. – Flower Walk with Cara Martinez-Williams
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Wetland Habitats with ZooAmerica

All-day activities, exhibits, and vendors:

  • Friends of Wildwood with Children’s Activities & Crafts, Nature Olympics and more!
  • Wildlife Up Close
  • The Bug Man
  • Art In The Wild Exhibit and Hands-on Activities
  • Exhibits from Environmental and Community Organizations
  • Hot Eats and Treats

Most activities are free of charge but bring some money for the concession stands. The entire park is stroller friendly.

The Wetlands Festival is sponsored by the Dauphin County Commissioners, Lancaster County Waste Management Authority, ABC27, WITF and the Friends of Wildwood.  For a flyer with the day’s activities, visit or call the Olewine Nature Center at 717-221-0292.

Wildwood Park is located on Industrial Road, a half mile north of the Harrisburg Area Community College campus, in Harrisburg.  The Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center is located in Wildwood Park and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  

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