The York County Department of Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year highlighting the area’s cultural, historical and natural history.  Programs range from Family Camp-Out Night, Fox Story Times, Reptile Week, Rock and Mineral Weekend, Porch Talks at the train stations to citizen science programs such as the Butterfly Count.

The most popular program offered each year is the annual Christmas Magic: Festival of Lights. Tens of thousands of York County residents come to the event for its magical displays of lights.  Christmas Magic is just one of many educational and recreational opportunities available to people of all ages and interests.

Sample of Current Special Events: for more detail, check Events Calendar

September 15 at Nixon Park - Coffee Hike from 2:30 - 4pm

September 21 at Rocky Ridge Park - Broad-winged Hawkwatch CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

September 27-28 at Nixon Park - Family Campout Night CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

September 29 at Nixon Park - Beginner Mushroom Identification from 2:30 - 4:00pm. No fee, register at 717-428-1961.  

October 5, 12, and 19 at Rocky Ridge - Hawkwatch Drop-In Program CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

October 6 at Nixon Park - Fall Colors Walk from 2:30 - 4:00pm

October 12 - Rail Trail Seven Valleys - Pumpkin Walk - CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

October 20 - Nixon Park - Paper Making - CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Moonlight Bike Rides 2019 Schedule CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

For more information on these special events, please visit the events calendar




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