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.


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




19 hours ago

Howell Nature Center
Today is National Day of Unplugging! 💻❌With our lives being overloaded with technology,📱 it's important to take time to unplug when possible.🌿 "Unplugging" is disengaging from normal activities, especially those involving technology. Getting outside is one of the BEST ways to unplug because of the healing quality of nature!🌲Luckily, the Howell Nature Center is an ideal place to spend a day unplugging! ☀️🌿Come visit us for:- Discovery Days every Saturday in March, 12pm - 2pm (including TODAY!) Here, you'll enjoy special wildlife presentations from our zookeepers included with your admission!🦅- Our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park (open 10am - 5pm daily)🦉- Acres of peaceful hiking trails!🌲- Community Zip Lining open from 10:00am - 2:00pm, where you will soar down our 500ft zip line! (Additional fee)Check our our other upcoming events at: bit.ly/39OsN5NRegister for events at: conta.cc/2OSEqMd ... See MoreSee Less
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☀️ Are you getting curious about our DAY, OVERNIGHT, and EXCURSION Camps this upcoming summer?☀️Join us THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH at 2:00pm for our VIRTUAL Camp Wonder Open House! ✨This is a FREE event!✨You'll meet our amazing camp coordinators for day, overnight and excursion camps as they give you an overview of their upcoming 2021 camps.🌲They will also be answering questions LIVE over zoom, which can be submitted ahead of time or asked during the event.Register for the Virtual Camp Open House HERE:https://conta.cc/3nHv46wView our 2021 camp brochure HERE: bit.ly/3jiOe1R ... See MoreSee Less
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❗️Attention all parents of high school-aged leaders ❗️Did you know that we offer leadership-focused summer camps for high school students? Check out these awesome experiences designed to develop confident and compassionate leaders:🌟 Leaders In Training (LIT)🌟 Specialty Day Camp🌟• Entering Grades 9-10 • July 5-9 • August 2-7 • Campers will work side-by-side with counselors at day camp, helping to plan and lead an event. The ideal blend of camp favorites and team challenges, this camp is perfect for leadership development!🌟 Counselors In Training (CIT)🌟 Overnight Camp 🌟• Entering Grades 9-12 • July 25 - August 6 • During this two-week camp experience, CITs enjoy camp activities while learning valuable leadership skills! They then are paired with counselors and learn how to be a role model in a overnight camp setting. Perfect for a future counselor!Register for camp HERE: www.howellnaturecenter.org/camp-wonder/View our full camp brochure HERE: bit.ly/3jiOe1R ... See MoreSee Less
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☀ Are you looking to HAVE FUN while you work this summer? ☀ Become a camp counselor at the Howell Nature Center!🌲While camp counselors have great responsibility and many opportunities to grow their professional skills, it's also their JOB to PLAY! 🤸‍♀️ If this sounds like something you want to spend your summer doing, APPLY TODAY!We believe that if our counselors are having fun, our campers will have fun, too. 😎 Make your work be play this summer! Read the job description and apply HERE: bit.ly/HNCemployment ... See MoreSee Less
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☀️ JUMP into fun this summer at camp! ☀️After a very unconventional year, does your child need something new and exciting? Join us this summer at one of our day or overnight camps, where every day is DIFFERENT!Some favorite camp activities include:Arts and Crafts🎨Wildlife Presentations🐢Pond Study🐟Zipline🤩Rock Wall Tower🧗‍♀️Swimming🏊‍♀️Playing on the famous Aqua Toy!☀️Register for camp HERE: hnc.campbrainregistration.com/☀️View our FULL camp brochure HERE: bit.ly/3jiOe1R ... See MoreSee Less
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❓Can you guess something at Howell Nature Center that's GREAT for team building, personal development, AND getting outdoors ❓The answer is... 🌟Outdoor and Adventure Education Programs!🌟We offer CUSTOMIZABLE programs for ANY type of group and ALL ages, featuring our high ropes course, climbing rock wall, low ropes course, obstacle course, zip line, and more! 😎Whether the goal for your group is to learn new things, be challenged, bond as a team, or just have FUN outdoors, booking an adventure program is the way to go! 🌲We'll work WITH you to design a program that's perfect for your group's needs. Both day and overnight programs are available.Call (517) 546-0249 to determine what program your group would like to reserve!🔴COVID-19 protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all visitors. We will work with you to make sure we are meeting your COVID-19 requirements.🔴 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Howell Nature Center
Michigan Nature Bites - Ask a Zookeeper! This week’s episode we joint Chelsea and snowflake the Virginia opossum for a quick knowledge snack. Chelsea is our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park Coordinator and can’t wait to share about caring for the 70 different species with you all. ... See MoreSee Less
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🦋 Today is World Wildlife Day! 🦋Here are 5 easy ways YOU can help wildlife from home: 1. Refrain from feeding wild animals besides birds. 🍞 Although they are cute, wild animals should not be too accustomed to humans, or dependent on humans as their food source. If you feed birds, keep it to nuts and seeds (their natural diet) rather than processed bread.2. Clean up litter. 🗑 Do not litter in the first place, and if you see any litter outside, be a wildlife hero and pick it up. Small animals can get trapped or injured due to litter being in their environment!3.Set up a birdhouse in your yard. 🐦This provides a shelter for birds to nest and lay their eggs, keeps them warm in the winter and safe from predators. Make sure your birdhouse is made from eco-friendly materials like wood, rather than plastic.4. Plant a garden.🌷 You can plant gardens specifically for the purpose of nourishing butterflies, hummingbirds, or bees. By doing some research, you can find out what plants are best for certain species!5.Use natural fertilizers on your lawn.🌱 Treating your lawn with common fertilizers puts high amounts of chemicals into nature that are toxic to the wildlife living there. It also pollutes water systems, causing fish and mammals to die. Instead, try natural fertilizers like compost and many other organic options. ... See MoreSee Less
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As spring approaches, we are getting more calls about bird window strikes (birds flying into windows). When birds impact windows and other objects, they often sustain head trauma. Symptoms of head trauma can be immediate, or they can take hours or even days to manifest. Because of the new research associated with this, we now know that old protocols of letting the bird recover briefly before letting it fly away are not sufficient. If you find a bird who has flown into a window, please contact a licensed rehabber who can start lifesaving treatment.How can you help? Since birds can’t see glass the way we do, it is helpful to put decals specifically made to prevent window strike on your windows. Alternatively, you can paint fun designs on windows with tempura paint, keep your blinds closed, or make your own decals. Check out this article for more info: www.audubon.org/news/think-you-have-bird-friendly-backyard-think-againThis mourning dove sustained severe head trauma after flying into a window. He was unable to hold his head up straight and required medications, fluids, oxygen, and eventually tube-feeding. ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us for our first Camp Wonder 2021 LIVE virtual open house this Sunday!!During this event you will meet our Day Camp and Overnight Camp Coordinators. You will also be able to ask us any questions you have about our summer DAY, OVERNIGHT, and EXCURSION camps LIVE. You will also get a tour of the grounds, have a chance to win giveaways, and much more.This experience is completely free, so we hope you’ll join us and learn all about how you can give your child(ren) a summer to remember immersed in nature!Registration for this FREE event at: conta.cc/3nHv46wLearn more about Camp Wonder and our 2021 camp options at howellnaturecenter.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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