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?
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*****Wonders of the Night Sky ***** Free
December 7th, 2013
6 p.m. Please register for this free event!
Come join armature astronomers and discover the wonders of the night sky. Telescopes will be set up and participants will be provided assistance and interpretation of what is able to be seen in the night sky.
Introduction to Map and Compass Fee: $15.00
December 7, 2013
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children 10 years old to adults
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to navigate through the wilderness using only a compass and map. Students will gain an understanding of map scale and how to follow a determined rout using a map and compass. Classroom activities will be followed by a field tour, dress accordingly.
Soaring With Raptors Fee: $10.00
December 14, 2013
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
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!
To register for an event contact Jordan Astoske email@example.com (919) 938-0115
To see an entire list of programs for the months of August, September, and October please click on 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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