Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center

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.

What's happening at Howell Woods?

Due to flooding the property is closed to vehicular traffic on the roads. All hiking trails remain open for foot traffic. If you have any questions please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115.

**JUNE CANOE TRIPS** June 7th, 11th, 25th & 28th; 8am-4pm Get ready to paddle on this 12 mile guided trip down the Neuse River! Our journey will begin at Howell Woods and will end at Richardson Bridge, with tons of wildlife to see along the way! Canoes and transportation back to Howell Woods are provided. Participants will need to bring water, bagged lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. If interested, please contact us at 919-938-0115 for more information and to register! $15/participant/trip, maximum of 10 participants per trip.

Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
June 28th
10am-12pm $10.00
In this class, we will learn the basics about our state tree, the Longleaf Pine. We will discuss the history and the future of this truly diverse ecosystem. Students will learn the importance of prescribed fire and plant longleaf seedlings in one of our restoration areas.

Buggin’ Out with NC Insects
July 12th
9am-11am $15.00
We’ll break out the magnifying glass in this class to take a closer look at some of the things we commonly find crawling around in NC. Bring a hat, as we’ll be taking this class outdoors to find some live specimens!

Beekeeping at a Glance
July 19th
10am-12pm $15.00
This class will give a quick introduction to beginner beekeepers. In class, we will cover anatomy, social behaviors, and activities of bees. We will then go outside to identify bee-loving plants and take a look at our hives here on the property. This class has limited space, so register early! Ages 10+

What’s the deal with Weeds?
August 9th
10am-12pm $10.00
What is a weed? Students will learn common weed identification and discuss mechanical and chemical control.

To register for an event contact Jordan Astoske (919) 938-0115

To see an entire list of programs please click the newsletter link on our Homepage.

Summer Day Camp 2014

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?

Bottomland Hardwood Forest
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.

Getting Here

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.

Our Staff

All extensions from main number (919) 938-0115

Jordan Astoske
(919) 938-0115 ext. 221

Mike Rose
Operations Technician
(919) 938-0115 ext. 223

Stephen Ashby
Operations Technician
(919) 938-0115 ext. 224

Brittany Brenner
Museum Caretaker
(919) 938-0115 ext. 225

Peyton Clark
(919) 938-0115 ext. 222

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