• 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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Guided Nature Discovery Hike

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 – 10:30am

Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining  Howell Woods staff members as we explore the many natural communities on the property.  During our hike we will search for and discuss wildlife species and habitats and identify many of the unique plants found.  Dress appropriately for a hike through the woods. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. Free.




Guided Nature Discovery Hike

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9 – 10:30am

Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining  Howell Woods staff members as we explore the many natural communities on the property.  During our hike we will search for and discuss wildlife species and habitats and identify many of the unique plants found.  Dress appropriately for a hike through the woods. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. Free.




Howell Woodstock Under the Stars

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9am – 9pm

Howell Woodstock Under the Stars

Join Howell Woods for our annual open house event. This family fun filled day features free recreational activities, astronomy solar observation, and free camping! Activities begin at 9:00 a.m. Solar observation begins at 8:00 p.m. Please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115 for camping reservations. Free.




Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9am – 12pm

Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe and finish individually in a kayak. Seats are limited so sign up early! Ages 13+. Please register by emailing jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or calling the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. ($15).




Kayak Lesson

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9am – 12pm

If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe and finish individually in a kayak. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $15.




Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 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. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.




Beginner Fishing

Howell Woods Grounds
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10am – 12pm

Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity.  Join our experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to become a successful fisherman.  Learn to tie knots, set up a fishing pole, and how to cast and reel in the big one. While you are here, check out our 400 gallon aquarium to lean about your catch.  For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.




Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9am – 12pm

Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe and finish individually in a kayak. Seats are limited so sign up early! Ages 13+. Please register by emailing jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or calling the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. ($15).




Guided Nature Discovery Hike

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9 – 10:30am

Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining  Howell Woods staff members as we explore the many natural communities on the property.  During our hike we will search for and discuss wildlife species and habitats and identify many of the unique plants found.  Dress appropriately for a hike through the woods. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. Free.




Living with N.C. Snakes

Howell Woods Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 10am – 12pm

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. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.




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