Help Support the Howell Nature Center

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Howell Nature Center is experiencing an unexpected sudden loss in revenue. We need YOUR help to continue operations. Your support goes directly to operating costs including wildlife food and medications.


Howell Nature Center is Temporarily Closed

After reviewing new CDC guidelines and input from other healthcare professionals, the Howell Nature Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic will continue to accept injured and orphaned wildlife Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. For more details, including new wildlife drop off guidelines, click the button below.



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




Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all March and April events have been canceled. Please check back soon for additional updates.


HOPPY Easter, everyone! Watch your animal friends enjoy their EGG-cellent festive treats on Sunday at 10am. Do you get really EGG-cited and grab the first thing in your basket, like a red fox? Or are you EGG-stra picky, like a grey fox? Either way, we hope you get to spend your day with some-BUNNY special, even if it's over Zoom!

(Okay okay, we'll stop with the hilarious YOKES--er, jokes!)
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Watch Live with our very own rabbits, Captain Marshmallow and Sergeant Cinnabon. Our wildlife expert Steph is with us to tell us some facts and please type in the comments to ask any questions. ... See MoreSee Less

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Spring is the Busiest Time of Year for Wildlife Babies!

Last year was a record year for intakes into our wildlife clinic at the Howell Nature Center, as more than 4,200 animals passed through our doors. More than half of the animals arrive during the months of May, June and July. Most are orphaned or injured, requiring specialized care.

Each year we care for thousands of baby songbirds, fox kits,owlets, opossums, fawns, squirrels, hawks, ducklings, goslings and an occasional bald eagle or Canadian Lynx. We are working hard to prepare for their arrival, with the ultimate goal of a speedy release back into the wild.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, we are able to care for the animals that require specialized diets,formulas, warming pads, incubators and medical supplies to meet their needs.

We greatly appreciate all who "shower" us with tax-deductible donations in order to provide care to every animal that crosses our doors so that we can provide a chance to Heal, Grow and Be Wild!

Be a Wildlife Hero today: bit.ly/2UP42yQ
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Dear Howell Nature Center Family,

As the devastating effects of COVID-19 play out globally and here in Michigan, we remain hopeful for the future and take solace in knowing that we’re stronger together and can get through anything! During these difficult times our hearts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this crisis.

We are thankful for how the community has held the Nature Center in their arms by helping us keep our wildlife clinic open and our wildlife ambassadors cared for. With this support, you’ve given our wildlife staff and volunteers hope and inspiration, and the necessary resources to give our injured and orphaned wildlife a chance to heal, grow and be wild.

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Happy #InternationalBeaverDay from Teddy and Willow!

Feeling cooped up? Beavers are monogamous, and usually live in family groups of up to 8 related individuals called colonies. So, just like you, they know all about getting along in close quarters. If someone in your family is getting on your nerves, here are beaver communication techniques that may help you:

⚡️Slap hard surfaces: Beavers will warn others of danger by slapping their tails against the water, creating a powerful noise.

🌸Get smelly: Beavers have a pair of anal scent glands, called castors, which secrete a musk-like substance called castoreum. This is used mainly for marking territories.

📣 When in doubt, growl it out: Beavers call out to others using a low, groaning sound.
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This week we would like to highlight the Howell Nature Center's Bald Eagle rehabilitation. Below is a video of the Eagle's daily exercise, which helps to strengthen the birds, so they can be released back into the wild. Eagles are capable of flying faster than 75mph and this coupled with their excellent eyesight makes them keen hunters of small game and fish.

Please feel free to print the coloring sheet below and use it as part of your child's weekly education. We'd love for you to share those drawings with us.

Be safe, everyone.

#soafoundation #Howellnaturecenter #nonprofit #homeschool #michigan #earthday #coloring #activities

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It's Silly Sunday, which means it's time for some campers saying some silly things. Every week during the summer we ask the campers many different questions and they come up with some amazing answers. Most of time we can't predict what they say or what they do during their interviews.

Watch the best moments this past summer.
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The Easter Bunny stopped by to drop off a big basket of goodies to spread a little sweetness! The Easter Bunny looked a lot like our friend Tom over at Cost Plus World Market... Thanks for the delicious chocolate-y goodness for our hardworking team! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's a beautiful day, perfect for practicing a favorite mindfulness technique! This activity is a great tool for children (and adults) to have for when they start to feel overwhelmed.

🌸"Notice 5 Things"🌸
Consciously noticing the world around you can help bring you back to the present, especially when you’re overwhelmed by stress or emotion. You can practice noticing five things you see, hear or feel through touch to help you be present.

Try playing this as a game with your child. Sit down with them wherever you are and tell them you want to show them the “notice five things” game. Then look around and tell them five things you see. Let them have a turn!

After you play, explain that this can be a helpful game to play, with you or by them self, if their ever feeling anxious or upset. Mix it up sometimes and notice five things you hear instead!

Share the things you notice in the comments below!
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