Fall Family Fun Day

Welcome autumn at Fall Family Fun Day at the Ned Smith Center.

It's a day full of crafts and activities designed for the whole family to enjoy! Participate in fall-themed festivities, like pumpkin chunkin' and carving, and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage the lands have to offer.

The hiking trails and Natures Discovery Play Area will be available for these wishing to discover the Center's everyday offerings, but there will also be a variety of guided crafts for kids of all ages.

The day will culminate with a live animal show presented on the DeSoto Amphitheater. We hope to see you there!

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Nature & Arts Festival

Join us for this annual FREE celebration of nature and the arts; the perfect way to celebrate summer! Since 1994, the Center has held its annual festival, which began as the “Ned Smith Tribute Festival.” Now, more than 25 years later, this event is still going strong, bringing free family-friendly, educational entertainment to thousands of people all over central Pennsylvania. Although elements of the festival have changed over the years, certain favorite activities have become permanent fixtures, like the make-it-yourself bluebird boxes, live-animal demonstrations, delicious local food and artisans and our fish-print t-shirts!

The 2020 Nature and Arts Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  If you have questions at this time, please call the Ned Smith Center at 717-692-3699.

Ted Lick Memorial Shoot

Ready, pull!

You don’t want to miss this high-profile sporting clay shoot, held at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club in Linglestown, PA.

Enjoy a round of 100 clay birds, a cocktail hour and awards dinner, and a silent and live auction. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and shoot with dozens of central Pennsylvania business leaders. And all the while, you’ll be supporting the Center and our unique and dynamic education programming.

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Trail Run

Our Tröegs sponsored RUGGED Trail Run engaged over 300 participants PLUS spectators, staff, volunteers and vendors in both 2018 and 2019. We are geared up for making our 2020 run another successful fundraiser in support of Our Mission of merging the arts and the natural world.

The Center boasts a beautiful woodland setting, 12 miles of trails on 500+ acres, a scenic bridge over the Wiconisco Creek, a natural play area, three ever changing art galleries featuring Ned Smith’s art and various national and local artists, a gift shop AND innovative educational programs.

This race is open to all ages, and prizes will be given to the top male and female runners in each age group.

On your mark, get set, go!



Desoto Amphitheater Series

The DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts is an expression of the Ned Smith Center’s mission to merge the worlds of nature and the arts. At the DeSoto Amphitheater, the arts have a home surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Ned Smith Center lands.

Doors open at 6 p.m., performances begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets for most shows are $15 per person unless otherwise noted.

Please bring your favorite outdoor seating. We also allow picnics and BYOB. Our friends at Max’s Grille and Sports Bar will be selling food and drinks and Armstrong Valley Winery will be selling wine at most shows.


Please see below for abbreviated DeSoto Amphitheater Summer Schedule:

Gallery Series

At night, within the walls of our beautiful Ned Smith Gallery, intimate concerts are held during the spring months. Join us as we bring together top name local and national talent to perform at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.


All Gallery Series shows up to and including the end of July have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Stuart Malina has been rescheduled for September 26th, 2020. If you have questions about any shows during this time, please call the Ned Smith Center at 717-692-3699.

Wildlife Art Auction

For over 25 years, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art has held the premier spot for wildlife art auctions! This event is not to be missed, you’ll find every big name in wildlife art including prints and originals from Ned Smith, himself. Held the last Saturday in September, don't forget the silent auction before the event where you can pick up all sorts of pieces from art and sculptures to glassware and knives!

Consignment Basics:

  • NSCNA will assess a 30% consignment fee following the auction.
  • All artwork must be framed prior to the auction.  Unless prior framing arrangements have been made, NSCNA will arrange for framing at a discount by its framer, ArtWorks Gallery and Custom Framing.
  • The remaining 70% less framing expenses (if applicable) will be paid to the consignor following the auction.
  • The Center reserves the right to refuse artwork at its discretion.
  • The Center only uses one of any given piece in the auction each year.  If a consignor wishes to consign a piece that has already been secured for the next auction, that piece may be held until the following year.

Auction information:
• There is a $225 minimum on all Ned Smith artwork (prints and originals) in the live auction, unless another reserve price has been established by the object’s consignor. If an item does not meet the minimum, the piece will not sell.

• There is a $125 minimum on all non-Ned Smith artwork in the live auction, unless another reserve price has been established by the object’s consignor. If an item does not meet the minimum, the piece will not sell.

• Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase pieces that did not make the minimum sale price during the auction at the appropriate minimum following the auction. Please contact us about donations and consignments for the auction. Interested parties should call the Center at 717-692-3699 and speak with John Booth, executive director.