Current Programs and Events

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

 

April 14th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free - Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
April 17th: Howell Woods Property Tour
10am
$5.00 – 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.
 
April 21st: Animal Tracks
10am
$10.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
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 pre-register for this class by April 18th!
 
April 28th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free – Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
May 12th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free – Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
May 19th: Howell Woodstock Under the Stars
9am-8pm
Free
·         Free recreational activities and tours.
·         Astronomy Solar Observation starting at 8pm.
·         Free camping Saturday night, checkout at 11am Sunday. Camping reservation required!
 
May 22nd: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond, located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by May 17th!
 
May 23rd: 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.
 
May 24th: Beginner Fishing
10am
$5.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity.  Join experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to be a successful fisherman.  Learn to tie knots, set up a fishing pole, and how to cast and reel in the big one.  While you are here check out our 400 gallon aquarium to lean about your catch.
Please pre-register for this class May 21st!
 
May 26th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free – Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
May 30th: Living with NC Snakes
10am
$5.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Discover the beauty behind our slithery friends and their importance in our ecosystems. We will discuss diet, habitat, snake safety, and how to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous species. We will also journey through our museum of snakes to get a closer look at common North Carolina species.
Please pre-register for this class May 25th!
 
June 2nd: Neuse River Trip
8am
$35 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge boat landing. Our guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way.
Please pre-register for this class by May 30th!
 
June 8th: Beginner Fishing
10am
$5.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity.  Join experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to be a successful fisherman.  Learn to tie knots, set up a fishing pole, and how to cast and reel in the big one.  While you are here check out our 400 gallon aquarium to lean about your catch.
Please pre-register for this class by June 6th!
 
June 9th: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by June 6th!
 
June 11th-15th: Howell Woods Summer Camp      
7:30am-5:30pm
$125
In this four day camp, campers will be active in structured, informal learning for eight hours each day. Activities will incorporate team building, environmental studies, and outdoor survival skills using hands-on techniques. Because of limited staff and equipment, we have a maximum of 12 available spaces. This restriction allows staff to work one-on-one with campers. To secure your spot, please return payment and registration ASAP! Registration forms can be picked up at the learning center or found on the Howell Woods website.
 
June 16th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free – Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
June 19th: 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.
 
June 20th-22nd: Howell Woods Overnight Summer Camp
$200
Kick start your summer vacation with an adventurous outdoor summer camp at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center! The three day, two night summer camp is designed for 12-15 year olds interested in a challenging yet rewarding outdoor experience. Each day will be filled with opportunities to expand your comfort level while learning to work together as a team.  Campers will enjoy overnight lodging in our enviro-friendly cabins. The two identical cabins, male/female, are fully furnished bunk style accommodations. Find the registration information on the Howell Woods website!
 
June 23rd: Neuse River Trip
8am
$35 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge boat landing. Our guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way.
Please pre-register for this class by June 20th!
 
June 26th: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by June 22nd!
 
June 30th: Introduction to Geocaching
9am
$10 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
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 pre-register for this event by June 27th!
 
July 10th: Building a Backyard Birdfeeder
10am
$5.00/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 pre-register for this class by July 5th!
 
July 12th: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond, located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by July 9th!
 
July 14th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free – Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
July 17th: Introduction to Geocaching
9am
$10 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
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 pre-register by July 12th!
 
July 19th: Beginner Fishing
10am
$5.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity.  Join experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to be a successful fisherman.  Learn to tie knots, set up a fishing pole, and how to cast and reel in the big one.  While you are here check out our 400 gallon aquarium to lean about your catch.
Please pre-register for this class by July 17th!
 
July 24th: Neuse River Trip
8am
$35 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge boat landing. Our guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way.
Please pre-register for this class by July 19th!
 
July 25th: 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.
 
July 25th: Night Safari
7:30pm
$5 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Learn about the native nocturnal species commonly found in this part of the state. We will discuss habitat, diet, and how these species have evolved to thrive in darkness. Using our safari vehicle, we will ride out on the property to search for night animals. 
Please pre-register for this class by July 23!
 
July 28th: Neuse River Trip
8am
$35 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge boat landing. Our guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way.
Please pre-register for this class by July 25th!
 
July 31st: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by July 27th!
 
August 4th: Neuse River Trip
8am
$35 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge boat landing. Our guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way.
Please pre-register for this class by August 1st!
 
August 6th: Guided Nature Discovery Hike
9am
Free – Meet on the porch of the Learning Center
Become a natural resource scientist for the day by joining a 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.
 
August 9th: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by August 7th!
 
August 11th: Introduction to Geocaching
9am
$10 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
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 pre-register by August 8th!
 
August 14th: Building a Backyard Birdfeeder
10am
$5.00/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 pre-register for this class by August 9th!
 
August 18th: Kayak Lesson
9am
$15 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located here on the Howell Woods property. To better understand the differences in vessels, participants will start the day paired in a canoe, and finish individually in a kayak.
Please pre-register for this class by August 16th!
 
August 21st: Beginner Fishing
10am
$5.00 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity.  Join experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to be a successful fisherman.  Learn to tie knots, set up a fishing pole, and how to cast and reel in the big one.  While you are here check out our 400 gallon aquarium to lean about your catch.
Please pre-register for this class by August 17th!
 
August 22nd: Night Safari
7:30pm
$5 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
Learn about the native nocturnal species commonly found in this part of the state. We will discuss habitat, diet, and how these species have evolved to thrive in darkness. Using our safari vehicle, we will ride out on the property to search for night animals. 
Please pre-register for this class by 20th!
 
August 23rd: 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.
 
August 25th: Neuse River Trip
8am
$35 – Meet in the Howell Woods Classroom
The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge boat landing. Our guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way.
Please pre-register for this class by 22nd!

 

 

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