Dauphin County offers virtual activities in place of annual Garden Faire at Fort Hunter Park

HARRISBURG, PA (April 30, 2020) – Although the annual Garden Faire at Fort Hunter Park on Sunday, May 3 is canceled this year as a result of COVID-19, Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III are ensuring the fun and educational activities that are usually offered at the event are available online for families to enjoy.

“Keeping with the garden theme, many of the online activities are hands-on and focus on plants, flowers and Fort Hunter Park-related information,” said Haste, who oversees the county’s Parks and Recreation Department. “You can do all of these activities from the comfort and safety of your own home or backyard.”

The free virtual activities are as follows:

Activity #1 – Ladybugs vs. Bees Tic Tac Toe

Activity #2 – Shop Local

Activity #3 – Historic Walking Tour

Activity #4 – Fort Hunter Victorian Word Search

Activity #5 – What’s Blooming at Fort Hunter Park

Activity #6 – WWVD: What Would Victorians Do

Activity #7 – Bees and Pollinator Gardens

Activity #8 – Make a Whirligig

Activity #9 – Fort Hunter Trivia

Activity #10 – Make Your Own Fairy Garden

“We hope you’ll take advantage of the virtual activities and spend quality family time together,” said Pries.

All Dauphin County parks are currently open; however, the restrooms and playgrounds are temporarily closed for everyone’s safety during the pandemic. The commissioners encourage park visitors to practice social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Giving families another option for learning during this time is critically important,” said Hartwick.

Go to www.DauphinCounty.org and find the Garden Faire page under Parks and Recreation for a full list of activities.

Garden Faire and its programs are sponsored by the Dauphin County Commissioners, the Friends of Fort Hunter and a host of business and community partners.