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Apr 27 2024

Wetlands Festival

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Explore Wildwood Park’s treasured wetlands for our 24th Annual Wetlands Festival! Join us for a day of free, fun, and educational activities with special musical guests and food trucks. Enjoy wildlife exhibits, walks, and a wide variety of local and regional environmental organizations. Interact with live animals and make crafts to take home! There is something for everyone! This festival is rain or shine!

Presented by: The Pennsylvania Department of Health & Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Festivities Include:

  • Live Music 
  • Wildlife up close
  • Guided walks
  • Kids' nature activities & crafts
  • Environmental exhibits
  • Art In The Wild trail installations
  • Hot Eats & Treats

Supporting Sponsor: Visit Hershey & Harrisburg

Media Partners: WHTM ABC 27 News | WHP Channel 21 News | WITF - PBS - NPR

PARKING: Additional parking is available nearby at HACC. Follow the signs to the designated parking area. Please walk the Capital Area Greenbelt trail to the festival (0.7 mile walk).

NEW: A shuttle is being offered throughout the day between the HACC lots and the Nature Center. Please follow the signs for pick-up times.

Live Animals:

Miller’s Wildlife & Conservation Specialists 

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm

Music Schedule:

Holly Serio 10:30-12:30 pm
Tanjo & Crow 1:30-3:30 pm

Food Vendors:

Williams Catering
Torina Mobile Italian Café

Face Painting:

Face Painting Whitney 12:00-4:00 pm

Story Time:

10:30 am and 11:30 am in the Nature Center Classroom

Join local author and educator Jennifer Fetter for story time and an outdoor adventure. She will be reading from her new book, Brooke Meets a Stream Doctor, and then taking listeners on a short hike to explore the outdoors just as Brooke does in the story.

Guided Walk Schedule: meet in front of the Nature Center

8:00 am         Bird Walk with Glenn Mitzel

Join Appalachian Audubon & Wildwood Park Volunteer, Glenn Mitzel, to search for unique birds along the park’s boardwalks.

10:30 am       Mega Hike with KTA

Join Keystone Trails Association Executive Director, Brook Lenker, to hike ~4 miles of trails at Wildwood, including the lesser traveled Fox Run and Tall Timbers Trails.

1:00 pm         Wildflower Walk with Jane Earle

Join Wildwood Park Volunteer, Jane Earle, for a short walk to learn all about what’s blooming in the park. 

2:00 pm          Tree Walk with a naturalist

Join a naturalist for a short walk to learn about tree identification and the species you can find at Wildwood Park. 

2024 Environmental Exhibitors:

Appalachian Audubon Society, Bluebird Society of PACapital Area Beekeepers’ AssociationCapital Area Greenbelt AssociationCitizens’ Climate Lobby, Clarks Creek Watershed Preservation AssociationDauphin County Conservation DistrictDauphin County Department of Solid Waste Management & RecyclingDuncannon Appalachian Trail CommunityFriends of Fort Hunter, Governor Pinchot Group of the Sierra ClubHarrisburg Bicycle ClubKeystone Trails AssociationLykens Valley Children’s MuseumMemorial Lake State Park (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)Ned Smith Center for Nature and ArtPA Department of Environmental ProtectionPaxtang CemeteryPaxton Creek Watershed & Education Association, Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Dauphin CountyRecycle Bicycle HarrisburgSusquehanna Appalachian Trail ClubSusquehanna River Basin CommissionSusquehanna Township Parks and RecreationTrout Unlimited- Doc Fritchey ChapterWest Shore Wildlife Center, and Wild Ones- South Central PA Chapter.

Vendors:

The Wandering Woodcraft

Aeroponic Alchemist

 

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