• 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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Neuse River Kayak Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 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. $35/participant. Register by email jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 

Beginner Kayak & Canoe Lesson

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9am – 12pm

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 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+. $15/participant. Please register through email  jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115.

Animal Tracks

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9 – 10am

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, their importance to animal survival, and take a hike to put those new discovery tools to work! $10/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 

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