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

Fridays & Saturday - January 24, & 25 @ Nixon Park - Kids Nature Play Drop-in - 9am-4pm. 

Sunday, January 26 - Watercolor Class for Beginners - Landscapes @ Nixon Park - 2:00 - 4:00pm - Registration required 717-428-1961

Friday, January 31 - Owl Walk @ Nixon Park - 7:00-9:30pm - Registration required by calling 717-428-1961

Saturday & Sunday, February 1 &2 - Winter Bird ID for Beginners Drop-In at Nixon Park CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Sunday, February 9 - Bluebird Box Workshop and Painting at Nixon Park - Registration required  CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, February 14-16 - Great Backyard Bird Count Drop-In at Nixon Park  CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Saturday & Sunday, February 22-23 - Mammal Fur and Skulls Drop-In at Nixon Park  CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Saturdays, February 29 & March 7 - MAPLE SUGAR DAYS at Nixon Park 


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




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