• 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

    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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Volunteer Day

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 8am – 12pm

Howell Woods staff welcomes your help removing low hanging vegetation along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loopers, please bring them. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu




Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 10 – 11:30am

Take a ride with us! Find out where our map will take you on this guided riding tour. We will take you around our most popular camp sites, check out our Neuse river platform, and maybe cross paths with some wild animals! Dress appropriately for the weather, sunscreen and bug spray are encouraged. Please meet in the Learning Center. $5/person. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Animal Tracks

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10am – 12pm

Not all animals make foot prints in the sand so how else can you track them? Using our native species here at Howell Woods we will discuss other common tracks made by animals, identify foot prints and their importance to animal survival, and take a hike to put those new discovery tools to work! Please, preregister for this class by Nov. 8th! $10/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Schools Out Day Camp

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Monday, November 12, 2018, 7:30am – 5:30pm

This one day camp is designed to accommodate Johnston County Students ages 8-12 years old. Become a forester for the day and learn about topics including forest products, sustainable forest practices, and common tree identification. Each participant should pack a bag lunch. Please contact the Learning Center for a registration form. Please preregister for this class by Nov. 5th! $25/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu




Dinner is Served

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am – 12pm

Have you ever wondered why bird beaks are shaped differently? Explore the difference in bird beaks while learning about adaptations based on the source of food available. After discussion participants will test their ability to eat like a bird using tools to mimic beak shapes. Please preregister for this class by Nov. 12th! $5/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu




Volunteer Day

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 8am – 12pm

Howell Woods staff welcomes your help removing low hanging vegetation and boardwalk repair along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loopers, please bring them. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Owl Safari

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Learn about the various owl species found in Eastern North Carolina. Participants will uncover their super senses, learn the various owl calls, and search for owls on Howell Woods’ property. Please preregister for this class by Oct. 3 or Dec. 7! To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Let's Migrate

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10am – 12pm

Take flight with Howell Woods to learn all about bird migration. This interactive lesson teaches the participants about the challenges faced by migrating birds. Please preregister for this class by Dec. 10! $5/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu




Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 10am – 12pm

Take a ride with us! Find out where our map will take you on this guided riding tour. We will take you around our most popular camp sites, check out our Neuse river platform, and maybe cross paths with some wild animals! Dress appropriately for the weather, sunscreen and bug spray are encouraged. $5/person. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Map and Compass

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10am – 12pm

Discover a valuable tool that will increase your confidence in any outdoor exploration activity.  Participants will learn to use a map and compass together as a tool to navigate through the wilderness. Please preregister for this class by Jan. 7th! $10/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu




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