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Heal. Grow. Be Wild!

Here at the Howell Nature Center, our mission is that through mutual love and respect, we teach people to be faithful caretakers of one another and the world around us. With 230 acres, we offer numerous programs so you can find the activity that best suits you and your family to once again connect to nature.

CHOOSE YOUR PATH

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Saving Michigan’s Wildlife

Day & Overnight Camps

Connecting Kids
with Nature

Experiential Education 

A Wild Adventure
On or Offsite

Community & Retreats

An Exploration of
Science & Self

Our trees range from 6ft – 12ft tall with a variety of popular tree species available! Fresh 12” – 20” wreaths and 25ft – 50ft roping are also available.

Sale begins November 23 and continues daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. while supplies last. Join us on weekends for a live wildlife display and Critter Crafts!

Upcoming Events

December 7 at 6:00 pm - Hayride with Santa - Friday

Tis the season to be jolly! Join Santa for a fun hayride through the beautifully lit Howell Nature Center. You'll sing your favorite Christmas songs and enjoy cocoa and cookies with the Big Man himself! Perfect for family of all ages. Please dress for the weather.

Start:
December 7, 2018 at 11:00 pm
End:
December 8, 2018 at 12:00 am
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December 8 at 11:00 am - Breakfast with Santa (Saturday)

Join Santa & Mrs Claus at Howell Nature Center for a delicious pancake breakfast served with all the breakfast trimmings. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with The Clauses and a special photo opportunity too! Crafts and presents are waiting to get you in the holiday spirit!

Start:
December 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm
End:
December 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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December 8 at 5:00 pm - Hayride with Santa - Saturday

Tis the season to be jolly! Join Santa for a fun hayride through the beautifully lit Howell Nature Center. You'll sing your favorite Christmas songs and enjoy cocoa and cookies with the Big Man himself! Perfect for family of all ages. Please dress for the weather.

Start:
December 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm
End:
December 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm
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STAY CONNECTED

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Howell Nature Center

The trees are here! The trees are here!!

Starting Friday, November 23rd, get your Christmas Tree at HNC! The smell of a fresh-cut, real Christmas Tree in your home is part of the Holiday magic! Start or continue the tradition by grabbing the family and heading to Howell Nature Center to find your perfect tree, all while supporting our mission to help wildlife! Our trees range from 6' - 12' tall with a variety of popular tree species available. Looking for more Christmas cheer? Fresh 12" - 20" wreaths and 25' - 50' roping (bundled or by the foot) are also available. We sell out quickly, however, so make us a part of your Holiday tradition soon!

Christmas Tree Sales begin on November 23rd and are available for purchase daily 10am - 6pm while supplies last. Join us on weekends for a live wildlife display, complimentary coffee and cocoa, and Critter Crafts.
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Do you want to build a snowman... made with meat? If you're a coyote, you would. Watch Kala enjoy her snowman decorated with tasty meat chunks. Yum! This masterpiece was created by Haley Beckman, our Wildlife Technician!

Enrichment is an important part of caring for animals. You can be a part of the fun by donating an item off of our Wild Wonders Amazon Wishlist: amzn.to/2OR6QW3
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Gray foxes are omnivorous, preying on small vertebrates, invertebrates, and consuming fruit. During the winter, they mainly eat cottontails, mice, woodrats, and cotton rats. Gray foxes have an important role in our ecosystems! They are nature's "pest control," influencing small rodent populations by maintaining a steady predator-prey relationship.

You can visit Zorro and Lotka in the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park from 10am - 5pm daily!
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What a magical evening fundraising for wildlife in need! Thank you all for joining us at our beautiful new venue. Huge shout out our sponsors and restaurants who helped make this evening possible:

Eagle Sponsor: Jordan and Ashley Siegel Scholarship Fund

Hawk Sponsor: Towne & Country Animal Hospital

Falcon Sponsors: Premier Pet Supply, Bob & Patti Shaw, Peninsulas, Eckhart, Inc., VCA Countryside Animal Hospitals, Spirit of Alexandria Foundation, The Robert and Maxine Parker Foundation, North Brothers Ford, Fowlerville Veterinary Clinic, Howard Weaver and the DTE Energy Foundation, Peter Maly, DDS

Owl Sponsors: First National Bank of Howell, Yeo & Yeo, CPA's, Littlite, LLC, Wild Birds Unlimited-Brighton and Novi, Champion Chevrolet, Barbara Locks and Rashid Garage Doors, Inc., Foguth Financial
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It's #AmericaRecyclesDay, and we want to know: Do YOU recycle? 🌎

🏵️ Plastic grocery, Ziploc, cereal, and bread bags cannot be recycled in curbside recycling. Instead, take your clean film plastic to Meijer who works with Trex Company to recycle them!

🌻 Follow our friends at Recycle, MI - Michigan Recycling Coalition - MRC to stay-up-to-date on everything "recycling" in Michigan!

🌼 The grease from pizza boxes is bad for recycling, and can contaminate a whole batch of raw materials. A greasy pizza box should be put into the trash.

Thank you for being a Hero for Wildlife by properly disposing of your waste, which keeps our forests and waterways clean for animals! #HealGrowBeWild
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It's #WorldKindnessDay, and we love finding ways to make others smile. What is your favorite way to spread kindness?

Need inspiration? Visit randomactsofkindness.org/ for ways you, your child, or your school can spread kindness in your community!
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Have you been wondering where Fraiser, the sandhill crane, has been all summer? Wildlife Park Coordinator, Katelyn Lewis, explains it all in this video about two lovebirds. Frasier frequently assists our rehabilitation clinic by fostering young, orphaned sandhill cranes until they are ready for release during their upcoming annual migration. Frasier was relieved of his fatherly duties after teaching the two chicks about socialization, feeding, and vocalizing. Now he can return to his mate, Niles, in the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park.

As you can see in this video, these two lovebirds are happy to see one another once more after several weeks of separation! Frasier, the crooked-beaked crane and his mate Niles (both with permanent wing injuries) have lived in the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park for over 20 years. Sandhills dance for each other all year long, with favorite moves including bowing, jumping, wing flapping, and shaking their tail feathers (also known as a bustle)! Which romantic moves can you spot in the video?
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