Overnight & Excursion Camps are SUSPENDED due to COVID-19

Classic Day & Specialty Camps are OPEN!

Howell Nature Center Open by Reservation

As of May 29th, the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park and New Ambassador Trail system are open by reservation only! In working closely with local health officials, we have put in place updated health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at our Park. This includes operating at a much-reduced capacity to optimize guest and staff safety, while requiring visitors to pre-register for their visit. During this time, Alexandria’s NatureScape and the NatureZone will remain closed as it is really important to us that we are as safe as possible not only for our guests, but also for our staff and animals. We ask that our guests work with us to help keep our community safe.




Due to a record high number of intakes this baby season, the Wildlife Clinic is temporarily suspending intakes, with the exception of the wildlife listed below, as we are reaching capacity. While we strive to help every patient we can, we are in a situation where we need to prioritize the welfare of the animals already in our care. At this time we are only taking in: fawns, birds of prey, adult songbirds, and adult small mammals. You may call the Wildlife Helpline at (517) 548-5530 for advice on what to do if you have found an injured or orphaned animal, and/or you can find contact information for additional wildlife rehabilitation clinics across Michigan HERE.

Thank you for your understanding and for caring about wildlife in need!


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


Due to the overwhelming increase in patients this year, the Wildlife Clinic will now be closed on Mondays to allow us the opportunity to prioritize the welfare of the animals already in our care. Our Wildlife Helpline will still be open! People who find animals in need are encouraged to call us for advice at (517) 548-5530.

Thank you for understanding, and for caring about wildlife!
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Firefly season is upon us! Did you know that each species has its own unique flashing pattern? Or that chemistry is behind their ability to light up? Use this infographic to learn more about these incredible insects! #sciencethroughnature ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy #sillysunday! Can you come up with a funny caption for this photo of Odie, the white-tailed deer? ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy 4th of July from all of your friends at HNC (both two and four-legged)! We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

We are open 10am - 5pm today for our first "Discovery Day!" From 12pm - 2pm, your family can enjoy meeting wildlife up-close-and-personal in our Critter Corner and watch animals play with festive enrichment. Bring a picnic and eat under the cool shade of a tree.

In appreciation of their service, all veterans have FREE admission today. For all others, admission is only $6 per adult, $4 per child. Children 2 and under are free!
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We had a WILD time during our Where the Wild Things Are week at Day Camp. The campers went fishing, made nature crowns, created toilet paper animals and got a little dirty making mud castles. All in all it was a great week!

For more fun check out our Camp Wonder at Home Virtual Camp Experience. Our first week starts on Monday. Be sure to join us for a fun filled week full of activities, Live Programing, Crafts, Story Time, Camp Songs and much more for the entire family.

Register Today for Virtual Camp and Camp in a Box.
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Celebrate Independence Day with a walk on the wild side!

Wild Wonders Wildlife Park will be open 10am-5pm this Saturday the 4th, and admission includes access to our first ever Discovery Days - Live Wildlife Experience featuring Barney the Box turtle and friends at Critter Corner 12pm-1pm. Again, meet and greet our scaled and feathered friends along with Wildlife Specialist Evin at no extra charge, this Saturday in Wild Wonders Wildlife Park.

Pre-register today at howellnaturecenter.og!
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WHOOO is this?

We need YOUR help naming our new ambassador great horned owl! This young owl recently joined our team from Las Vegas. He was born in the wild but sustained an injury to one of his wings, leaving him permanently unable to fly. Since owls rely on flight in order to hunt, he would not be able to survive in the wild. Our wildlife team has come up with the name choices listed below. Visit him in our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, and leave us a comment to tell us your favorite name for him. We will reveal the winning name next Wednesday, July 8.

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Join us LIVE as we talk all about turtles. Please let us know if you have any questions during or after our wildlife presentation. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are pleased to announce that we will be offering our new Camp Wonder at Home Virtual Camp Experience FREE of charge! We understand that times are tough, and we strongly believe that the magic of camp should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstances. We LOVE our community, and are happy to be able to provide this opportunity for those that are unable to attend camp in person this year.

We hope that you will join us on this new adventure, and consider donating to help support the wildlife, staff, and volunteers that make the Howell Nature Center a special experience for all involved!

Register Now for Virtual Camp and Purchase Camp in a Box.

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