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?

Night Safari
April 26, 2014
$15 Learn how nocturnal species are able to thrive in darkness. We will discuss native nocturnal species, their habitat, and how they hunt for food. Then we will load up the vehicle and ride out on the grounds to spot some of these creatures with a red-lens light.

Back to the Basics….. of Fishing
May 3, 2014
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee $ $10.00
If you are an adult looking to learn how to fish or wanting to get back into fishing or have a child that you would like to introduce to fishing, then this event is for you. Participants will learn everything from what fishing equipment they need and how rig your pole to identification of fish you can expect to catch in our area. Participants that do not have equipment will be provided a loaner fishing pole with tackle. Bait and fishing assistance will be provided.

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.

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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