Richard Nixon Park

Richard Nixon Park Nature Center has resumed regular hours in the nature center (listed below), however face masks are required to enter the nature center and building capacity is limited. Several hands-on elements inside the nature center have been temporarily removed or closed. The nature gift shop is open. On a busy day, you may need to wait outside until indoor capacity opens up. The outdoor nature play area is open. 


Nixon Park Nature centerRichard Nixon Park, located in Springfield Township, features a 14,000-square-foot Nature Center.  Nestled on 213 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, insects of the world and insects of York County displays, 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.  

Click here for the Teen Naturalist Club Brochure for information on our brand new high school program. 



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.

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Nature Center:  Tuesdays-Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                            Sundays 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
                            Mondays and Holidays - CLOSED

Park Grounds:   Open daily 8 am to dusk 

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Contact Information:
Phone Number: 717-428-1961



Click here for a short video of Richard M. Nixon County Park



Park Brochure and Trail Map

Master Site Plan Info: Click Here!



  • Hiking Trails: There are over six miles of trails. Since Nixon Park is designed primarily for quiet observationNixon Park Displays of nature, you are asked to keep other 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: Most Sundays 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.  All events for summer 2020 are currently cancelled. Please see our Facebook Page for scheduled programming that is being added regularly.
  • Themed Programs: Throughout the year different theme programs occur focusing on different nature topics such as Maple Sugar Weekend, Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend, Reptile Week, and more.