Dauphin County Parks & Recreation

Dauphin County Parks & Recreation The Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department contributes to the recreation and education of County residents and tourists through programs and parks.

The Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department contributes to the recreation and education of County residents and tourists through programs and parks. We are also involved in activities generally relating to conservation in the County. Parks & Facilities: The Dauphin County Park system includes nine areas, the Community Gardens, Fort Hunter Park, Fort Hunter Conservancy, Henninger Bridge, Lyken

The Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department contributes to the recreation and education of County residents and tourists through programs and parks. We are also involved in activities generally relating to conservation in the County. Parks & Facilities: The Dauphin County Park system includes nine areas, the Community Gardens, Fort Hunter Park, Fort Hunter Conservancy, Henninger Bridge, Lyken

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Do you have older kids ages 10-14? Register for Leave No Trace at Detweiler Park on Saturday, October 2 from 1-2:30pm. E...
09/19/2021

Do you have older kids ages 10-14? Register for Leave No Trace at Detweiler Park on Saturday, October 2 from 1-2:30pm. Each child will learn the 7 principles of Leave No Trace while exploring the outdoors on a hike. πŸ₯ΎπŸšΆπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸŒ„πŸ”

To register please visit https://detweiler-park.ticketleap.com/kids-discover-leave-no-trace/

Do you have older kids ages 10-14? Register for Leave No Trace at Detweiler Park on Saturday, October 2 from 1-2:30pm. Each child will learn the 7 principles of Leave No Trace while exploring the outdoors on a hike. πŸ₯ΎπŸšΆπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸŒ„πŸ”

To register please visit https://detweiler-park.ticketleap.com/kids-discover-leave-no-trace/

It's Fort Hunter Day! Join us for this FREE event from 10:00 -4:00 today!Mansion Tours are just $3.00. ⛽️Get your copy o...
09/19/2021

It's Fort Hunter Day! Join us for this FREE event from 10:00 -4:00 today!

Mansion Tours are just $3.00.

⛽️Get your copy of the new β€œGot Gas” book and meet the author. The book shares vintage photos of old time has stations from all around Central PA. This is a great holiday gift for the historian or automotive enthusiast in your life.

🚜Vintage vehicles, farm tractors, hay rides

🎢🎡Entertainment & more!

Craft Vendors, Food Trucks, demonstrations & more!

Details: https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/
parks_and_recreation/festivals_and_special_events/fort_hunter_day.php

Interested in learning more about journaling in nature? Join Linda Walker as she takes you through some easy steps on ho...
09/18/2021

Interested in learning more about journaling in nature? Join Linda Walker as she takes you through some easy steps on how-to #naturejournal. This program is for adults interested in engaging with nature in a way that grows their connection to the outdoors!

Registration is free and you can find all the details here https://dauphincountyparksandrecreation.ticketleap.com/nature-journaling2021/

Interested in learning more about journaling in nature? Join Linda Walker as she takes you through some easy steps on how-to #naturejournal. This program is for adults interested in engaging with nature in a way that grows their connection to the outdoors!

Registration is free and you can find all the details here https://dauphincountyparksandrecreation.ticketleap.com/nature-journaling2021/

Thanks to our friends Good Day PA on ABC27 for helping us spread the news about Fort Hunter Day this Sunday!Come out to ...
09/17/2021
Fort Hunter Day

Thanks to our friends Good Day PA on ABC27 for helping us spread the news about Fort Hunter Day this Sunday!

Come out to Fort Hunter Park from 10 AM - 4 PM for all the festivities as we remember the old-time ways of life!

DATE: Sunday, September 19
TIME: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Fort Hunter Park

You can enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children's games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, antique vehicles, a bake sale, festival food and more!

If you missed it, watch it now: https://www.abc27.com/good-day-pa/fort-hunter-day/

Sponsored by M&T Bank
For more on Fort Hunter Day visit: https://forthunter.org/events/fort-hunter-day-7/
#FortHunterPark #FortHunterDay #OutdoorFun #familyfun

Step back in time to the 1800’s at Fort Hunter Day! The annual celebration gives visitors a glimpse into what life was like back then with demonstrations including a butter churning lesson th…

Join us for a fun combination of basic yoga postures and mat Pilates excercises to help improve muscle tone, posture, co...
09/17/2021

Join us for a fun combination of basic yoga postures and mat Pilates excercises to help improve muscle tone, posture, core strength and lumbar spine stability. Standing and floor exercises are done with music.

Date: Thursday, September 23
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Fort Hunter Park - Centennial Barn Room 1
$6.00 Fee

About the Instructor: Terri Hawk
Terri is a certified mat Pilates instructor Level III by AAAI | ISMA organization. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience in all styles of group fitness classes. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant for 17 years.

Space is limited, advance registration required: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/yogalates-at-the-park/

This class is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield.

Join us for a fun combination of basic yoga postures and mat Pilates excercises to help improve muscle tone, posture, core strength and lumbar spine stability. Standing and floor exercises are done with music.

Date: Thursday, September 23
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Fort Hunter Park - Centennial Barn Room 1
$6.00 Fee

About the Instructor: Terri Hawk
Terri is a certified mat Pilates instructor Level III by AAAI | ISMA organization. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience in all styles of group fitness classes. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant for 17 years.

Space is limited, advance registration required: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/yogalates-at-the-park/

This class is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield.

09/16/2021

Happy National #Pawpaw Day! Here's a little video on pawpaws and persimmons, some of our favorite fall fruits! πŸ‚πŸŒ°

Join us on Saturday for Walk With A Doc on the Greenbelt Connector!Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021Time: 9:00 - 10:30 ...
09/16/2021

Join us on Saturday for Walk With A Doc on the Greenbelt Connector!

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM (approx.)
Location: Fort Hunter Park - Heckton Church Meet Up

This wellness Walk With A Doc program is designed to provide some general health information and a moderately-paced walk around the Greenbelt's Fort Hunter extension. It will be an up and back walk so participants can turn back at anytime to customize the length of their walk based on their own individual fitness needs.

Leading this walk will be Dr. Silvis. Dr. Silvis is a family medicine and sports medicine physician at Penn State Health. He serves as team physician for the Hershey Bears Hockey Club and Hershey High School. He has special research interests in the care of runners and exercise across the lifespan. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Silvis enjoys hiking, mountain biking, running, gardening and photography. He lives in Hershey with his family.

This walk is being organized by Capital Area Greenbelt, @Penbrook Borough Walk With A Doc Chapter and Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources September Walk With A Doc initiative.

This walk is being supported as part of the Park Rx program sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield.

Register Now: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/walk-with-a-doc-at-fort-hunter/

#Walk #WalkWithADoc #getoutside

It's #nationalpawpawday! Don't miss your chance to learn all about this curious fruit next month on Tuesday, October 12 ...
09/16/2021

It's #nationalpawpawday! Don't miss your chance to learn all about this curious fruit next month on Tuesday, October 12 at Fort Hunter Park.

Registration details available here https://dauphincountyparksandrecreation.ticketleap.com/pawpaw-walk/

It's #nationalpawpawday! Don't miss your chance to learn all about this curious fruit next month on Tuesday, October 12 at Fort Hunter Park.

Registration details available here https://dauphincountyparksandrecreation.ticketleap.com/pawpaw-walk/

Are you ready for Fort Hunter Day on Sunday? Celebrate fall with a festival remembering the old-time ways of life - Fort...
09/15/2021

Are you ready for Fort Hunter Day on Sunday?
Celebrate fall with a festival remembering the old-time ways of life - Fort Hunter Day!

DATE: Sunday, September 19
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fort Hunter Park

You can enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children's games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, antique vehicles, a bake sale, festival food and more!

Sponsored by M&T Bank

#FortHunterPark #FortHunterDay #OutdoorFun #FamilyFun

Fort Hunter Day & More! πŸƒπŸŽΌπŸΎπŸš’πŸšœ - https://mailchi.mp/dauphinc/kids-discoverlectures-more-1060441
09/15/2021
Fort Hunter Day & More! πŸƒπŸŽΌπŸΎπŸš’πŸšœ

Fort Hunter Day & More! πŸƒπŸŽΌπŸΎπŸš’πŸšœ - https://mailchi.mp/dauphinc/kids-discoverlectures-more-1060441

Join the Friends of Fort Hunter for an illustrated presentation examining the role that the rural school played in American education and the daily life of the rural student of the period.Β  Retired educator William Murray, shares insights gained from over thirty interviews with students that attend...

Today is the last day to vote for Art In The Wild People's Choice Awards. πŸ… 🎨 Voting is online at https://woobox.com/ivp...
09/15/2021
Art In The Wild - Wildwood Lake

Today is the last day to vote for Art In The Wild People's Choice Awards. πŸ… 🎨 Voting is online at https://woobox.com/ivp3q5 or inside the Nature Center.

Winners will be announced during Celebrate Wildwood on Saturday, September 25 at 1:30pm.

Wildwood Park’s Outdoor Environmental Art Exhibit Art In The Wild was conceived with the goals of presenting quality outdoor art using natural materials, providing educational opportunities, and involving the community. The works of art are composed of mostly natural materials to blend with Wildwo...

Get away for all the hustle and bustle of your daily life and join us for our Wellness Naturally program this Saturday! ...
09/14/2021

Get away for all the hustle and bustle of your daily life and join us for our Wellness Naturally program this Saturday! This program will introduce you to the practice of Forest Bathing by spending some mindful time in nature at Detweiler Park.

You'll focus on all of your senses as you learn more about this practice that begin in Japan in the 1980s. It was initiated as a way to combat stress for those working long days as was the practice in the Japanese culture.

Benefits of forest bathing include decreased blood pressure and cortisol levels, a better overall mood, increased ability to focus and more restful sleep.

So take some time for YOU by pausing, listening, seeing, smelling and touching to engage with nature.

Saturday, September 18
Detweiler Park - Dauphin, PA
10:30 AM - 12 Noon
Program fee: $15.00 per person
Certified Instructor: Suzann Schiemer

Register Now: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/wellness-naturally/

This is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield.
#forestbathing #nature #shinyoko

Get away for all the hustle and bustle of your daily life and join us for our Wellness Naturally program this Saturday! This program will introduce you to the practice of Forest Bathing by spending some mindful time in nature at Detweiler Park.

You'll focus on all of your senses as you learn more about this practice that begin in Japan in the 1980s. It was initiated as a way to combat stress for those working long days as was the practice in the Japanese culture.

Benefits of forest bathing include decreased blood pressure and cortisol levels, a better overall mood, increased ability to focus and more restful sleep.

So take some time for YOU by pausing, listening, seeing, smelling and touching to engage with nature.

Saturday, September 18
Detweiler Park - Dauphin, PA
10:30 AM - 12 Noon
Program fee: $15.00 per person
Certified Instructor: Suzann Schiemer

Register Now: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/wellness-naturally/

This is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield.
#forestbathing #nature #shinyoko

Sharing some of the fabulous succulent planters that were created doing last week's workshop. Thanks to all who attended...
09/13/2021

Sharing some of the fabulous succulent planters that were created doing last week's workshop.

Thanks to all who attended!

If you missed it, join us at Fort Hunter Day on Sunday, September 19th from 10-4 to create one there! Look for the Plantscape By Design Booth!

Kids Yoga this Saturday! These programs are age-appropriate and will include slightly different content accordingly.  Al...
09/13/2021

Kids Yoga this Saturday!

These programs are age-appropriate and will include slightly different content accordingly. All classes are presented by Next Generation Yoga with Cindy Lesher. Why is Next Generation Yoga for kids so awesome? Kids not only move their bodies in healthy ways, but they learn self-love, respect for others, consent and so much more! Every Next Generation class is filled with fun things to learn, lots of yoga, and creative movements. The benefits for each unique age group are amazing. Kids leave feeling good about themselves, proud of their peers, and with new ways to self-regulate their own emotions.

Ages 5-7 Years (10:30 – 11:15 AM)
Cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music, and art engage the natural energy and enthusiasm of the 5, 6, and 7-year old child. Classes explore Yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and relaxation techniques while conveying lessons in self-expression, body image, social skills, positive thinking, and environmental awareness. You may sign up for one session or all the sessions, it's up to you!
Register Now: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/kids-yoga-ages-5-7/

Ages 8-10 Years (11:30 – 12:15 PM)

Kindling the maturing independence of 8, 9, and 10-year olds, these classes encourage a deeper sense of body awareness, self-exploration, and interpersonal skills. Alive with flowing sequences, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and creative relaxation techniques, children are sure to relish in their selves. Partner poses and cooperative Yoga games inspire positive peer interactions that are sure to carry into their everyday lives.

Register Now: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/kids-yoga-ages-8-10/

Ages 11-13 Years (12:30 – 1:15 PM)

Expanding minds and maturing bodies come together through independent and group activities that stimulate preteens' physical strength, emotional balance, and self-confidence. Classes integrate traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, and meditation techniques as well as self-reflection. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of Yoga.

Register Now: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/kids-yoga-ages-11-13/

Save the Date for the Friends of Wildwood Birdhouse Workshop on Saturday, October 9 from 1-3pm. This afternoon is packed...
09/13/2021

Save the Date for the Friends of Wildwood Birdhouse Workshop on Saturday, October 9 from 1-3pm. This afternoon is packed full with all kinds of fun craftiness. Participants will get to assemble a bluebird box, paint and design a birdhouse gourd and make homemade suet. 🐦🐣

Registration is $25 per person. To register visit https://wildwood-park.ticketleap.com/bird-house-workshop/ All proceeds go to the Friends of Wildwood.

Save the Date for the Friends of Wildwood Birdhouse Workshop on Saturday, October 9 from 1-3pm. This afternoon is packed full with all kinds of fun craftiness. Participants will get to assemble a bluebird box, paint and design a birdhouse gourd and make homemade suet. 🐦🐣

Registration is $25 per person. To register visit https://wildwood-park.ticketleap.com/bird-house-workshop/ All proceeds go to the Friends of Wildwood.

Today's the perfect day to relax on the beautiful grounds of Fort Hunter Park while you enjoy some live Jazz performance...
09/12/2021

Today's the perfect day to relax on the beautiful grounds of Fort Hunter Park while you enjoy some live Jazz performances and taste some new wines!

There are also lots of fun vendors and tasty food trucks to enjoy in between performances.

Entertainment:
3:30 - Carl Cox
5:30 - Marqueal Jordan
7:30 - Matthew Whitaker Quartet

DJ Godfather will play from 3-3:30 and also in between each artist.

Join us from 3-9 pm today! Tickets are $50 if purchased in advance, or $60 if you choose yo purchase at the gate.

Pre-purchase ticket link: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/2021-dauphin-county-jazz--wine-festival/

Today's the perfect day to relax on the beautiful grounds of Fort Hunter Park while you enjoy some live Jazz performances and taste some new wines!

There are also lots of fun vendors and tasty food trucks to enjoy in between performances.

Entertainment:
3:30 - Carl Cox
5:30 - Marqueal Jordan
7:30 - Matthew Whitaker Quartet

DJ Godfather will play from 3-3:30 and also in between each artist.

Join us from 3-9 pm today! Tickets are $50 if purchased in advance, or $60 if you choose yo purchase at the gate.

Pre-purchase ticket link: https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/2021-dauphin-county-jazz--wine-festival/

Celebrate fall with a festival remembering the old-time ways of life - Fort Hunter Day!DATE: Sunday, September 19TIME: 1...
09/12/2021

Celebrate fall with a festival remembering the old-time ways of life - Fort Hunter Day!

DATE: Sunday, September 19
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fort Hunter Park | Harrisburg, PA

Visitors will find arts and crafts, children's games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, a bake sale, festival food and more!

Sponsored by M&T Bank

Learn More: https://forthunter.org/events/fort-hunter-day-7/

Get inspired and create your wellness vision as you shift into your β€œnew normal.” Join us for an uplifting workshop to r...
09/11/2021
From Transition to Transformation: Vision Boarding 101 For Your "New Normal" and Beyond!

Get inspired and create your wellness vision as you shift into your β€œnew normal.” Join us for an uplifting workshop to refresh your spirits to learn the creative art of vision boarding to live your happiest and healthiest life!

Date: September 23
From Transition to Transformation : Vision Boarding 101 For Your New Normal & Beyond!
Time: 7-8 PM

Details: This workshop will include an overview and how-to of the vision boarding process along with a relaxing centering exercise to Participants will be provided with a variety of PDF handouts and be ready to begin creating their own vision board project on their own. Feel free to gather your own photos, magazine clippings, markers, stickers and other embellishments for your personalized project or just join us to learn how to get started with a variety of examples. All ages and experience levels welcome.

A Park Rx program sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield

Instructor: Beth Romanski My Healthy Transitions Health Coaching

Register Now:
https://dauphin-county-parks--recreation.ticketleap.com/post-pandemic-vision-board-workshop/

Get inspired and create your wellness vision as you shift into your β€œnew normal.” Join us for an uplifting workshop to refresh your spirits to learn the creative art of vision boarding to live your happiest and healthiest life! Details: This workshop will include an overview and how-to of the vi...

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100 Fort Hunter Rd
Harrisburg, PA
17110

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Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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(717) 599-5188

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I am so excited! We are just a few days away from the shopping event of the year.... the Sip & Shop at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey. We have so many vendors and small buisness owners who have been working tirelessly to ensure that there is something for everyone! And don't forget about the wine tasting, open insight brewery, food, great music, and much more! You are not going to want to miss out on this! Join us Saturday from 10-4!!! https://fb.me/e/Izn0IzRz
Good morning. This is Kevin Kelly, and I am a Master Gardener who lives in the Linglestown area. Come join me for the last of 3 spring workshops at the Olewine Center at Wildwood Park at 9AM on Saturday. The topic is "How-To Add the WOW factor to Your Home Garden". The workshop is a joint venture between Penn State Extension and Dauphin Co Parks & Recreation. One lucky participant will win a container garden we create at the workshop ($60 value). I am going to discuss simple design techniques that will improve the look of your landscape. These are things you can easily do without needing professional help. I will also talk about simple design tips to create stunning containers (more than just throwing in a few annuals). I invite you to join me for what should be an enjoyable and informative 90 minutes. Register with the link below.
Hi. I am Kevin Kelly, a resident in the Linglestown area. I am a Master Gardener. I am running a Garden Workshop series at the Olewine Nature Center in Wildwood Park. The next event is all about Soil Testing. You will learn about the importance of soil testing, how often and what time of year to do it, and most importantly, how to interpret the results. Are you aware that many people lose plants because their soil pH is out of range and the plant can't absorb any fertilizer at all? Are you aware that adding the wrong fertilizer is leading to run-off that is polluting our water supply and killing our fish? Let me show you how easy it is. Not only is there a presentation and discussion of test interpretation, but every participant will collect a soil sample on the grounds of Wildwood so you will be sure how to do it properly before you leave. The workshop is this Thursday, June 3rd at 6pm See the link below https://explorewildwoodpark.org/event/how-to-soil-test-your-home-garden/
Ah, Ft. Hunter... Where I can watch a majestic Bald Eagle rise out of filthy plastic and styrofoam infested flood debris that's been sitting there for months... and no one has done a thing about it. Picked up a bunch on my own yesterday and left it by the bins for whoever gets paid to care for the grounds and should have done it a long time ago. You're welcome. I'll be back for more. This is absolutely ridiculous though. If anyone would like to join me in picking up trash before everything leafs out along the shore, get in touch asap!
Can anyone tell me why a few trees in Detweiler Park in Dauphin had scrubbers nailed to the tree?
Come out and support our local small business owners who have been impacted so heavily this year - and don't forget to buy a little something for yourself too!!! https://fb.me/e/37CUtDNQt
Wildwood Park This little Dalmation Puppy Lovey lost their best friend. They were sad sitting on Towpath, so they walked with me to the lot closest to HACC. They are waiting and miss their friend. #loststuffedanimal #DalmationStuffedDog #WildwoodPark
it's 100+ degrees out here in Tucson so I'm inside in the air conditioning reviewing photos I've taken over the years and I came upon this one which I took on one of my periodic visits to Fort Hunter before we moved southwest...I won't mention exactly where this is on the property so maybe it will lure visitors to explore...
I love Wildwood Park. However, I would like to express a concern that I have. I walked on Tuesday morning and discovered at least 90% of people on the towpath trail did not have a mask on. Now, I understand that most people feel they can maintain 6 feet distances. Unfortunately, that is not always true, especially when people are walking side-by-side. I find it to be very self-centered and it is disheartening to me. Perhaps the walking paths should be closed altogether.
I need some help ID'ing this bird - the closest that I could find is the Bonaparte Gull - but I am not sure that is correct. Seen two days ago on Wildwood Lake - at the end of the North Boardwalk
Wildwood is a photographers bounty! From Northern Flickers, Egrets, Tree Swallows, Robins and Turtle's and so much more!