• 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

    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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Let's Migrate

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10am – 12pm

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! $5/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 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. $5/person. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu.




Map and Compass

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10am – 12pm

Discover a valuable tool that will increase your confidence in any outdoor exploration activity.  Participants will learn to use a map and compass together as a tool to navigate through the wilderness. Please preregister for this class by Jan. 7th! $10/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Guided Nature Hike

Howell Woods Grounds
Monday, January 14, 2019, 2 – 4pm

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. Free. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Building a Backyard Bird Feeder

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10am – 12pm

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! To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Schools Out Day Camp

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Monday, February 18, 2019, 7:30am – 5:30pm

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! $25/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Map and Compass

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10am – 12pm

Discover a valuable tool that will increase your confidence in any outdoor exploration activity.  Participants will learn to use a map and compass together as a tool to navigate through the wilderness. Please preregister for this class by Jan. 7th! $10/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Volunteer Day

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 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 loopers, please bring them. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu.




Introduction to Geocaching

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10am – 12pm

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 caches at Howell Woods! Please preregister by March 7th! $10/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




Volunteer Day

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 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 loopers, please bring them. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu




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