• Wild Boar

    Wild Boar

    Did you know that feral pigs as large as 300 pounds roam the forest of Howell Woods? While the environmental learning center offers outdoor programs and activities for nature enthusiasts, it is also a popular hunting spot for wild pig, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and other game.

  • Red Headed Woodpecker

    Red Headed Woodpecker

    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.

  • Birdwatching


    The Howell Woods property has several different natural communities making bird watching a popular activity every season of the year.

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Map and Compass

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9 – 11am

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 pre-register for this class by Feb. 21st by calling the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu. $10/person.

Come on in to our Discovery Room

Howell Woods Exhibit Hall
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10am – 12pm

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. Registration is not required and this event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.

Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9am – 12pm

Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

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. Seats are limited so sign up early! Ages 13+. Please register by emailing jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or calling the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. ($15).

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