• 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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Come on in to our Discovery Room

Howell Woods Exhibit Hall
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10 – 11:30am

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




Owl Safari

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 4:30 – 7:30pm

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 or Dec. 7! To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Hiking Through Longleafs

Howell Woods Grounds
Monday, October 15, 2018, 10am – 12pm

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




Balanced Populations

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10 – 11:30am

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




Volunteer Day

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 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 loopers, please bring them. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu




Schools Out Day Camp

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30am – 5:30pm

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




Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 10 – 11:30am

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. Please meet in the Learning Center. $5/person. For more information please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Animal Tracks

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

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! $10/person. To register please call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115 or email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu.




Schools Out Day Camp

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Monday, November 12, 2018, 7:30am – 5:30pm

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




Dinner is Served

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am – 12pm

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




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