Earth Day may be one day in April, but in the Hershey Harrisburg Region, we like to think of it as Earth days, weeks, and months! Spring is in the air, and it’s a great time to remind yourself to “Go Green!” To us, that means heading out into the great outdoors and soaking up good weather with good friends and family.
There is no finer ornament of the great outdoors than a well-tended garden which can experienced, even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs. The Hershey Gardens has been a deep-rooted part of our community for the last 75 years, originating from a request by Milton Hershey to plant a rose garden in honor of his wife. The Hershey Gardens has flourished into 23 blossoming acres of trees, shrubs, flowers, and a delightful butterfly garden.
After you’ve taken time to stop and to smell the flowers, lace up your hiking boots and begin your search for roads less traveled. Discover Clay Covered Bridge along a path at Little Buffalo State Park, one of 14 historical covered bridges located in Perry County. Learn about local wildlife conservation efforts as you stroll through towering tree-lined pathways at Wildwood Park. Appreciate the art of acclaimed wildlife artist Ned Smith in the serene settings of the Ned Smith Center.
For more wonderful wildlife, find your way to ZooAmerica®. This walk-through zoo is filled with animals native to North America. You can make friends with a fox, wave to a wolf, and even say hello to a few snakes. Bonus! ZooAmerica® admission is included with your ticket to Springtime in the ParkTM, where you can find some wild rides including Great Bear®, Wild Mouse, and Wildcat.