• 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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Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, August 18, 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).

Beginner Fishing

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 10am – 12pm

Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity.  Join our experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to become 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.  For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.

Night Safari

Howell Woods Grounds
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30pm

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. For more information or questions please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.

Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10am – 12pm

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. For more information or to register please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.

Neuse River Kayak Trip

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, August 25, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Neuse River Kayak Trip

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 identifying wildlife along the way. Participants should pack a bag lunch and water.  Please register by emailing jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or calling the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. ($35).

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