• 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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Beginner Fishing

Howell Woods Grounds
Thursday, July 19, 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.




Neuse River Kayak Trip

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, July 24, 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).




Howell Woods Property Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Wednesday, July 25, 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 Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8am – 4pm

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.  For more information or to register please contact jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $35.




Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Grounds
Tuesday, July 31, 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).




Neuse River Kayak Trip

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, August 4, 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).




Neuse River Kayak Trip

Howell Woods Grounds
Monday, August 6, 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).




Guided Nature Discovery Hike

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Monday, August 6, 2018, 9 – 10:30am

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




Beginner Kayak and Canoe Lessons

Howell Woods Grounds
Thursday, August 9, 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).




Building a Backyard Bird Feeder

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 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! For more information or questions please contact mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or (919) 938-0115. $5.




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