• Wild Boar

    Wild Boar

    Did you know that feral pigs as large as 300 pounds roam the forest of Howell Woods? While the environmental learning center offers outdoor programs and activities for nature enthusiasts, it is also a popular hunting spot for wild pig, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and other game.

  • Red Headed Woodpecker

    Red Headed Woodpecker

    The Rudolph Howell & Son Environmental Learning Center, or Howell Woods, is a unique 2,800-acre natural resource designed to provide excellent recreational and educational experiences while fostering environmental stewardship.

  • Birdwatching


    The Howell Woods property has several different natural communities making bird watching a popular activity every season of the year.

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Night Safari

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Learn about the native nocturnal species commonly found in this part of the state. We will discuss habitat, diet, and how these species have evolved to thrive in darkness. Using our safari vehicle, we will ride out on the property to search for night animals. $15/person.  To register please email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center, (919) 938-0115.

Living with NC Snakes

Howell Woods Exhibit Hall
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 – 10am

Discover the beauty behind our slithery friends and their importance in our ecosystems. We will discuss diet, habitat, snake safety, and how to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous species. We will also journey through our museum of snakes to get a closer look at common North Carolina species. $10/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 

Howell Woodstock

Howell Woods Exhibit Hall, Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 – 5pm

Howell Woodstock

Bring the whole family to help Howell Woods celebrate Earth Day, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Recreation.  This family fun event offers live music, mule rides, free fishing for kids, and several educational displays. Admission is free, food and some activities require a small fee. Howell Woods Environmental Education Center is located at 6601 Devils Racetrack Rd. Four Oaks, NC 27524.

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