• 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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Night Safari

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Learn about the native nocturnal species commonly found in this part of the state. We will discuss habitat, diet, and how these species have evolved to thrive in darkness. Using our safari vehicle we will ride out on the property to search for night animals. $15/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 

Beginner Kayak & Canoe Lesson

Howell Woods Grounds
Friday, June 9, 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 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+. $15/participant. Please register through email  jtastoske@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115.

Beginner Fishing

Howell Woods Nature Center Classroom
Friday, June 9, 2017, 10am – 12pm

Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a child to a relaxing yet exciting outdoor activity. Join experienced staff as we cover all the basics needed to be 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. $10/participant. Register by email mamassengill@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center (919) 938-0115. 

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