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2016 Scout Programs at Wildwood Park
Wildwood Park’s 229 acres of shallow lake, marsh, stream, field, and forest, along with 6 miles of trails and a modern nature center provide the perfect setting for learning and badge-related activities.
 
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General Program Information
*All Scout workshops are open to Scouts from any troop or pack.
*Please bring your own lunch and wear shoes and clothes appropriate for outside activities and the weather that day.
*The fee is $10 per scout or child

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all scout programs. Many of these programs fill early.

Download the form below and send with payment to:
Wildwood Park
100 Wildwood Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110

 
 
 
2016 Girl Scout Workshops:

OPEN To All Girl Scouts
Leave No Trace for Girl Scouts
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Leave No Trace is a program designed for students to learn important outdoor skills and wilderness etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, 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 be able to recite the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and the techniques behind them. Dress for the weather, this program will take place outdoors.
 
 
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Wonderful Water
Saturday, May 14, 2016                              
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
This program is designed to facilitate the WOW journey. Scouts will learn conservation techniques and how to be responsible consumers. They’ll learn the water cycle and much more as they explore the science of water and get wet while collecting and examining the creatures living in Wildwood’s lake and streams.
 
Bugs & Hiker
Saturday, June 4, 2016                               
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Scouts will explore the wonderful world of bugs and learn how remarkable they are and how much they do for our planet. The day will begin with exploring insect homes, followed by identifying some amazing bugs! Scouts will also learn how to follow trail signs and prepare for a hike.  The program will conclude with a hike around Wildwood Park to earn both badges! “Leave No Trace” will be practiced along the way.  
 
Wildlife in PA
Saturday, October 15, 2016                 
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Create your own unique badge and enhance your knowledge about some of PA’s wildlife. This program provides activities to learn about animal groups and characteristics, endangered species, bird identification, how to spot wildlife, and use binoculars. The program concludes with a wildlife walk.
 
 
Juniors

Environment Matters
Saturday, April 16, 2016                             
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
This program’s goals are to give scouts an increased awareness and understanding of our human interrelationships with the   environment and recognition of our personal stewardship responsibilities. The scouts will explore projects and activities that benefit the environment and the Earth’s limited resources as they decide what practical changes they can make to help create a healthier world.
 
Animal Habitats
Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Using Wildwood Park as our study site, scouts will address the requirements for this badge. Because some of the animals in the Park are the same ones found in local neighborhoods, scouts will realize that they share much of their own habitat with wildlife and learn what environmental challenges animals face and how we can help them. Crafts and ideas to help create a healthy animal habitat in their very own backyards will be included!
 
 
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Night Owl
Friday, September 9, 2016
4:30 pm-9:00 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. But with modern lighting, electrical gadgets, and urbanization, it’s easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world after the sun goes down. So grow your imagination and expand what you know! Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night. Pre-registration and pre-payment required; download form at www.wildwoodlake.org. To pre-register, please call 717-221-0292.

2016 Boy Scout Workshops:
 
OPEN To All Boy Scouts
Leave No Trace for Boy Scouts
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Leave No Trace is a program designed for students to learn important outdoor skills and wilderness  etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, 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 be able to recite the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and the techniques behind them. Dress for the weather, this program will take place outdoors.
 
 
Bears

Weather
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
One of the best ways to prepare for the day is to know the weather forecast. Scouts will not only learn how to read a thermometer, wind vane and barometer, but will also make their own instruments. This program also features understanding air pressure and precipitation, and includes going outside to log the day’s weather. Depending on the temperature, scouts will want to wear warm boots, hats, and gloves if needed!
 
Sharing Your World With Wildlife
Saturday, December 10, 2016               
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
This workshop focuses on the need for us to learn to live in harmony with wildlife and our environment. Using hands-on activities, scouts will gain an understanding and appreciation of the “web of life” and how we, as human beings, fit into it. Learn about the muskrats living in Wildwood Lake and the lodges they build for winter homes. Scouts will collect and log data for the annual “Muskrats in Wildwood Survey”.  Warm boots, hats, and gloves will be needed!
 
 
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Forester
Saturday, September 17, 2016                    
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
Nature’s monuments — we call them trees — are a necessary and precious resource. Participants will discover the many products manufactured from wood that we use every day, and the important role trees play in the delicate balance of our environment. How tall is the tallest tree? How big around is the largest tree? What can we learn about local history from trees? Is fire ever good for a tree? These are among the topics this workshop covers. Scouts will learn how to identify 10 native trees of Pennsylvania and various plants that are in the park.
 
Naturalist
Saturday, October 1, 2016                    
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
$10 per scout, parents are free
A naturalist studies plants and animals in the wild. Before someone goes into any wild area, one should gain knowledge and skills that help protect the environment and techniques for personal safety. This program includes activities to improve wildlife watching skills and nature journaling, identifying the poisonous plants and venomous reptiles of PA, exploring the mystery of bird migration, identifying mammals of PA, and examining some extraordinary talents that animals have developed to survive. A hike in the park will give each participant the chance to use the new “naturalist” skills they have learned this day.
 
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