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Richard Nixon Park
Richard Nixon Park, located in Springfield Township, features a 14,000-square-foot Nature Center. Nestled on 187 acres of meadow, woodland and aquatic habitats Nixon Park supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Donated in 1968, through a gift of land from the Bob Hoffman family, the park was named after the newly elected President Richard M. Nixon.
The original Nature Center, which highlights Pennsylvania natural history was constructed in 1978 and open to the public in 1980. This part of the center features a working honey bee hive, amphibians of PA display, live reptiles, birds and mammals of PA, a children's touch room and much more. An addition was built in 1992 to house a worldwide collection of specimens donated by William Koller. The exhibits include an Arctic Display, African Savannah, and Northwest Territories of the United States.
From York, follow S. George St. through Jacobus to Valley Rd. Turn right, follow road .8 mile to bottom of hill; turn right onto Nixon Dr.; go one block and turn left onto Nixon Dr. and follow to park.
Nature Center: Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Park Grounds: Open daily 8 am to dusk
Phone Number: 717-428-1961
- Hiking Trails: There are over six miles of trails. Since Nixon Park is designed primarily for quiet observation of nature, you are asked to keep your activities to a minimum and observe our special rules. Bikes, horses and pets are not allowed on the trails.
- Nature Center: Full-time Naturalists staff the center and offer guided nature walks and programs to pre-scheduled groups. If you would like to schedule a program for your group visit the education section of the website for more information. The center is ADA accessible.
- Sunday Walks/Programs: Every Sunday April to October there is a program at the Nature Center from 2:30-4pm featuring natural history and related topics. View the events calendar for the current offerings.
- Themed Programs: Throughout the year different theme programs occur focusing on different nature topics such as Dinosaur Weekend, Rocks and Mineral Weekend, Maple Sugar Weekend, Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend, Reptile Week and more.