• 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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Beginner Kayak & Canoe Lesson

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 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. Seats are limited so sign up early! Ages 13+. $15/participant. Please register through email  jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115.




A Walk through the Exhibit Room

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom, Howell Woods Exhibit Hall
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10am – 12pm

This is a guided tour through the Howell Woods museum! Get to know our favorite critters by attending this special program where we will discuss animal names, habitat, diet, and personalities. Also, we have the celebrity star “Elvis” in the house who loves to meet new guests! $10/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 




Night Safari

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm

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/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 




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