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Art In The Wild

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 Wildwood’s natural setting. The project is open to all. Please enjoy this year’s seventeen trailside installations.

Exhibition Duration: April 7, 2024 – September 30, 2024
2024 Theme: Nature Heals

Presenting Sponsor:

Mooney Family Foundation

Supporting Sponsor:

Visit Hershey Harrisburg

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More about Art In The Wild

Wildwood Park is located on the outskirts of downtown Harrisburg. Owned and operated by Dauphin County, the park attracts over 115,000 people annually. Its 229 acres include a nature center, 90-acre freshwater wetland and a popular three-mile loop trail that encircles the park. The Art In The Wild installations are located on sites along this trail.


The exhibit is open to any interested person or group wishing to submit an application, including professionals, non-professionals, schools, students, naturalists, artists, designers, etc.  Employees of Dauphin County Parks and Recreation and members of the exhibit organizing and evaluation committees are not eligible to participate

People's Choice Voting

Can be done online only. Please click here or scan the QR code with your smart phone to vote for your favorite.

Honorable Mentions

Site#1: “Nature’s Gardeners: Hail to the Squirrels” Honorable Mention for Creative Use of Space and Native Materials to Celebrate a Wildwood Creature -by Beau MacGinnes, Jana MacGinnes, Aubrey McNaughton and Debbie Reihart

Site#3: “Tangle” Honorable Mention for Thought-Provoking Interpretation of the interconnectedness of Manufactured and Natural systems -by Steve Reinhart

Site#4: “Healing in Motion” Honorable Mention for Vivid Evocation of the Wish to Repair Damage to Nature by Human Hands -by Marcus Family

Site#7: “Not Body but Spirit” Honorable Mention for Poignant Interpretation of A Personal Identification with Nature’s Curative Potential -by Indie Kachel

Site#11: “A few More Trees” Honorable Mention for Poetic Interpretation of Natural Phenomena -by Carol Reed

Site#12: “What No Longer Serves” Honorable Mention for Creative Combination of Forces of Nature, Native Materials, Technical Ingenuity and Metaphor to Interpret the Theme -by Emma McDowell Best

Site#15: “New Beginnings” Honorable Mention for Tribute to the HYBRID Potential between Manmade and Natural Materials -by Lorayn McPoyle