• 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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Overnight Neuse River Camping Trip

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, June 4, 9am – Sunday, June 5, 2016, 4:30pm

Looking for a summer adventure to remember? If so this overnight river paddle is for you! Our trip begins at the Smithfield Town Commons Park where we will paddle 14 miles to Howell Woods ELC to camp on our river overlook platform. The following day will consist of a 12 mile paddle to Richardson Bridge Wildlife boat landing. Participants will meet at Howell Woods Saturday morning June 4th for orientation and camping supply drop off. Transportation to Smithfield and back from Richardson Bridge will be provided. All meals are included except for Saturday’s lunch. Ages 18+ unless accompanied by an adult. Please email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center for more information and registration (919) 938-0115. ($50).

Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 10 – 11am

If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, then 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 call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. ($15).

Basic Tree ID

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10am – 12pm

Have you ever stopped to take in the beauty of trees? Trees are unique and provide many ecological benefits.  Participants in this program will learn how to identify many of the trees in our area by growth habit, form, bark, and leaf shapes. Please register by emailing mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. ($10).

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