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.
April 5th 1:00 pm
*Star party starts at 8:00 pm
What's happening at Howell Woods?
Soaring with Raptors
March 1, 2014
Learn about the birds of prey we feature here at Howell Woods. Topics covered will include: life cycles, diet, and habitat conservation. We'll venture out to our exhibits to take a look at each raptor, and if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of a local raptor soaring through the sky!
The Buzz on Pollinators
March 22, 2014
In honor of spring, we will be discussing the reason for our fruits here in North Carolina-- pollinators! Learn about the life cycles of pollinators, how they impact plant growth, and tips for attracting more pollinators to your home. Be prepared to venture outside to identify plants and pollinators!
Shaking off the Snow
April 12, 2014
Learn about all of the fun things that happen when plants and animals come back to life for spring! We will discuss what hibernation means for each type of animal, and what to expect when coming out of hibernation. Join us as we venture through the Diversity Trails to see first
hand what happens in spring!
Squirrel Hunt $10/person Reservation Required!
(Must have valid NC Basic Hunting License)
Dates: February 1, 26, 28.
Contact Mike Rose for more information (919) 938-0115 ext. 223
To register for an event contact Jordan Astoske email@example.com (919) 938-0115
To see an entire list of programs please click the newsletter link on our Homepage.
At Howell Woods, you can experience a variety of educational programs and recreational activities. See and learn about birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, or enjoy our wildflower and pollinator gardens.
Go hiking, camping bird watching, hunting, fishing, and more! Lift your spirits, challenge yourself, and learn something in the process!
What Makes Us Different?
In 1993, Rudolph Howell donated the property to Johnston Community College with hopes that it be used as an outdoor classroom. Nestled in a natural wooded setting between the Neuse River and Hannah and Mill creeks in southeastern Johnston County, Howell Woods offers a diversity of outdoor experiences and education opportunities for all ages.
Children, adults, and families can explore a diversity of habitats and discover native birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes and numerous plant species. At Howell Woods, you can find a number of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and biking; ponds and creeks for fishing; sites for camping; as well as controlled hunting areas for feral pig, deer, waterfowl, squirrel, and wild turkey.
The Learning Center showcases exhibits of live animals such as turtles, snakes, and several species of owl as well as a natural resource reference library.
Howell Woods is located at 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road in the Bentonville community of southeastern Johnston County. The environmental learning center is in close proximity to interstates 95 and 40 in central North Carolina and is less than 45 miles from Raleigh, 20 miles from Goldsboro, and 15 miles from Smithfield and Newton Grove.
If you need help finding us, try the map or use the driving directions.
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(919) 938-0115 ext. 221
(919) 938-0115 ext. 223
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(919) 938-0115 ext. 222
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