• 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 & Canoe Lesson

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, July 29, 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.

Nature Discovery Hike

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 10am – 12pm

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. $10/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 

Neuse River Kayak Tour

Howell Woods Grounds
Saturday, August 5, 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. 

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