Current Programs and Events

To register for a program please email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center
(919) 938-0115.

 

 

 

September 18th: Howell Woods Property Tour

10am

$5 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom

Take a ride with us! Find out where our map will take you on this guided riding tour. We will take you around our most popular camp sites, check out our Neuse river platform, and maybe cross paths with some wild animals! Dress appropriately for the weather, sunscreen and bug spray are encouraged.

 

September 29th: Come on in to our Discovery Room!

10am

FREE

Join us as we open the doors to this children's learning space. In this room, children are encouraged to learn more about the natural world through hands-on activities and reading.

 

October 6th: Owl Safari

4:30pm

$5.00/person

Learn about the various owl species found in Eastern North Carolina. Participants will uncover their super senses, learn the various owl calls, and search for owls on Howell Woods’ property.

Please preregister for this class by Oct. 3rd!

 

October 15th: Hiking Through Longleaf

10am

FREE

The longleaf pine forest is a diverse ecosystem. Join Howell Woods’ staff on an interpretive hike through the longleaf forest restoration efforts on site. Dress for the occasion as we discover how this woodland ecosystem once dominated the southeast and the wildlife species that depend on it.

 

October 20th: Balanced Populations

10am

$5/person

Live the life of your favorite animal while learning about habitats. A habitat is dependent on multiple components and when the balance of these components are impacted animal populations are affected.  Join us as we discuss the components of a habitat and the impact on animal populations when the components are unavailable.  

Please preregister for this class by Oct. 12!

 

October 23rd: Volunteer Day, Trail Maintenance

8am-12pm

Howell Woods staff welcomes your help removing low hanging vegetation along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loppers, please bring them.

 

November 1st: Schools Out Day Camp

7:30am-5:30pm

$25/person

This one day camp is designed to accommodate Johnston County Students ages 8-12 years old. Spend the day at Howell Woods exploring North Carolina’s native wildlife species. Participants will learn about reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey, and mammals. Each participant should pack a bag lunch. Please contact the Learning Center for a registration form.

Please preregister for the class by Oct. 25th!

 

November 6th: Howell Woods Property Tour

10am

$5 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom

Take a ride with us! Find out where our map will take you on this guided riding tour. We will take you around our most popular camp sites, check out our Neuse river platform, and maybe cross paths with some wild animals! Dress appropriately for the weather, sunscreen and bug spray are encouraged.

 

November 10th: Animal Tracks

10am

$10/person

Not all animals make foot prints in the sand so how else can you track them? Using our native species here at Howell Woods, we will discuss other common tracks made by animals, identify foot prints and their importance to animal survival, and take a hike to put those new discovery tools to work! 

Please preregister for this class by Nov. 8th!

 

November 12th: Schools Out Day Camp

7:30am-5:30pm

$25/person

This one day camp is designed to accommodate Johnston County Students ages 8-12 years old. Become a forester for the day and learn about topics including forest products, sustainable forest practices, and common tree identification. Each participant should pack a bag lunch. Please contact the Learning Center for a registration form.

Please preregister for this class by Nov. 5th!

 

November 17th: Dinner is Served

10am

$5/person

Have you ever wondered why bird beaks are shaped differently? Explore the difference in bird beaks while learning about adaptations based on the source of food available. After discussion participants will test their ability to eat like a bird using tools to mimic beak shapes.  

Please preregister for this class by Nov. 12th!

 

November 27th: Volunteer Day, Trail Maintenance

8am-12pm

Howell Woods staff welcomes your help removing low hanging vegetation and boardwalk repair along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loppers, please bring them.

 

December 11th: Owl Safari

4:30pm

$5.00/person

Learn about the various owl species found in Eastern North Carolina. Participants will uncover their super senses, learn the various owl calls, and search for owls on Howell Woods’ property.

Please preregister for this class by Dec. 6th!

 

December 15th: Let’s Migrate

10am

$5/person

Take flight with Howell Woods to learn all about bird migration. This interactive lesson teaches the participants about the challenges faced by migrating birds.

Please preregister for this class by Dec. 10!

 

January 9th: Howell Woods Property Tour

10am

$5 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom

Take a ride with us! Find out where our map will take you on this guided riding tour. We will take you around our most popular camp sites, check out our Neuse river platform, and maybe cross paths with some wild animals! Dress appropriately for the weather, sunscreen and bug spray are encouraged.

 

January 12th: Map and Compass

10am

$10/person

Discover a valuable tool that will increase your confidence in any outdoor exploration activity.  Participants will learn to use and map and compass together as a tool to navigate through the wilderness.

Please preregister for this class by Jan. 7th!

 

January 14th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike

2pm

FREE

Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining Howell Woods staff members as we explore the many natural communities on the property.  During our hike we will search for and discuss wildlife species and habitats and identify many of the unique plants found.  Dress appropriately for a hike through the woods.

 

January 26th: Brrr it’s Cold

10am

$5

Let’s explore how animals survive the winter! Learn how different animals including mammals, amphibians, and reptiles survive the winter. Discuss the resources needed by each animal during the winter and the impact humans have on the availability of these needed resources.

Please preregister for this class by Jan. 21st!

 

February 9th: Building a Backyard Bird Feeder

10am

$5/person

First we will identify what birds are visiting our feeders during this time of year and the appropriate diet they need to make it through the cold winter. We will then create a very simple feeder for you to take home to your backyard!

Please preregister for this class by Feb. 14th!

 

February 18th: Schools Out Day Camp

7:30am-5:30pm

$25/person

This one day camp is designed to accommodate Johnston County Students ages 8-12 years old. Take flight with Howell Woods as we prepare for spring. Spend the day learning about common song birds and their habitats. Participants will also construct a blue bird box to bring home. Each participant should pack a bag lunch. Please contact the Learning Center for a registration form.

Please preregister for this class by Feb. 11th!

 

February 23rdth: Map and Compass

10am

$10/person

Discover a valuable tool that will increase your confidence in any outdoor exploration activity.  Participants will learn to use and map and compass together as a tool to navigate through the wilderness.

Please preregister for this class by Feb. 18th!

 

February 26th: Volunteer Day, Trail Maintenance

8am-12pm

Howell Woods staff welcomes your help removing low hanging vegetation and boardwalk repair along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loppers, please bring them.

 

March 9th: Introduction to Geocaching

10am

$10

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device to hide and seek containers, called caches. We will explain the basics to geocaching, demonstrate how to create an account with geocaching.com, and practice using a GPS unit. We will then use that knowledge to find cashes at Howell Woods!

Please preregister by March 7th!

 

March 26th: Volunteer Day, Trail Maintenance

8am-12pm

Howell Woods staff welcomes your help removing low hanging vegetation and boardwalk repair along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loppers, please bring them.

 

March 30th: Owl Safari

5:30pm

$5.00/person

Learn about the various owl species found in Eastern North Carolina. Participants will uncover their super senses, learn the various owl calls, and search for owls on Howell Woods’ property.

Please preregister for this class by March 27th!

 

 
To register for a program please email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center
(919) 938-0115.