It’s back to school time and back to nature time this September. The changing season is a perfect time to bring your family to experience the natural beauty and wonderful learning opportunities at Wildwood Park & Olewine Nature Center in Harrisburg, Hershey Gardens in Hershey, and the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art in Millersburg.

Located on the edge of Harrisburg, the fun and free Wildwood Park offers trails and boardwalks for walks, bike rides, bird watching, and picnics. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center provides interactive opportunities for learning about the area’s natural resources and conservation efforts. 

Originally opened in 1937, Milton Hershey’s “nice garden of roses” has blossomed into the magnificent Hershey Gardens featuring a Children’s Garden and the new year-round Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory and Butterfly Atrium. Overlooking the town of Hershey, the gardens feature a breathtaking variety of flowers and shrubs, a stately collection of rare, signature trees, and an array of programs and special events to delight visitors of all ages.

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, PA

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art celebrates the life and works of the nationally recognized wildlife artist, naturalist, and writer, Ned Smith. The Center’s lands offer a tranquil outdoor experience on more than 500 acres of rustic beauty just outside Ned Smith’s hometown of Millersburg. At the Center, the Olewine Gallery features changing exhibits of contemporary artists and photographers, and the Ned Smith Gallery permanently features selections from the $1.5 million collection of original Ned Smith works donated by his widow, Marie.