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




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#DidYouKnow? Check out the first ever footage of a wolf feasting on wild blueberries, documented by the amazing researchers at Voyageurs Wolf Project! While carnivores, it has been known that wolves are also opportunistic generalists that won't turn down a tasty fruit snack. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please welcome our newest permanent resident to our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park! This fall a young sandhill crane was transferred to our Wildlife Clinic from our friends at Wildside Rehabilitation and Education Center in Eaton Rapids, MI.

The animal was emaciated and uncharacteristically approaching humans in a parking lot. The crane was deemed non-releasable due to being unable to sufficiently find food on its own and was too comfortable with people.

After receiving proper permitting from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, we decided to try introducing the crane to our resident sandhill cranes, Niles and Fraser. It was an immediate success!

Now here's where you come in.....we need help naming this amazing animal (sex unknown). Please vote with a comment for one of the names selected by our Wildlife Team:

Grus, Cricket, Baraboo, Dancer, Beaker, Gantry, or Kimberly. We will let everyone know a name reveal shortly!

Thank you for supporting wildlife!
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Our staff member of the week, Matilda Swanson, is an amazing nature educator. Matilda is an absolute ray of sunshine that brightens everyone's day!

Her passion for teaching children and the outdoors is evident by the exciting energy she brings to programming. Her can-do and up-for-anything attitude makes her an irreplaceable member of our team!

Matilda, we are so thankful to have you at the nature center and appreciate EVERYTHING you do for us!
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Happy #sillysunday! Can you come up with a funny caption for this picture of our ferret ambassadors? ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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Our leadership team just finished the Camp America London Career Fair, and we are excited to introduce our new summer overnight camp staff! Give a warm welcome to Oliver, Harrison, Beth, Alex, Peter, Shaina, Megan, and Lawrence! These international travelers are so excited to spend an entire summer here in our beautiful community, providing an amazing and engaging camper experience. (Big shout out to returning counselor, Grace, for coming out to help us! Thank you!)

Learn more about our overnight camp at www.howellnaturecenter.org
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Spring Break Day Camp is Just Around the Corner!

Entering Grades K – 8
Campers will gear up early for the summer during this exciting week of outdoor fun and imaginative adventures. After a long winter season, campers will be eager to join us for a unique Pokémon-themed week designed special with an adventurous Thursday Theme Day, along with a “Camper’s Choice” format where campers can tailor their week to their interests. Whether it’s archery, GaGa Ball, arts-n-crafts, crazy games, zip line, wildlife programs or man more exciting activities, this is a week not to be missed!

Pre-registration is required.
Full non-refundable payment at registration. No-shows not eligible for refund or credit. Activities are weather dependent.

Registration Open Now!
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After being shot in the face, her rescuers found a way to have a 3D Printed beak made, which saved her life! Thank you to all who continue to offer life saving efforts on behalf of wildlife. ... See MoreSee Less

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This week's Staff Member of the Week is Becky Murthum. Becky is an integral member of our Nature Education team, serving as the Assistant Education Coordinator. She manages our Heifer Global Village, as well as helping the rest of us keep track of all the details like safety, inventory, and more!

Becky has been a part of the Howell Nature Center for many years, beginning at Camp Sarah Grindley in high school and managing the Day Camp program. She now sends her two children to Camp Wonder Day Camp, and is a resource for HNC staff and visitors alike. Becky, we're so grateful for your hard work!
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We are #HIRING: Day Camp Counselors! (40 to 50 hours per week, June to August)

Counselors provide a safe and nurturing environment for campers under their care, allowing children to engage with nature while having fun with friends! This is a very important role that helps make summer camp magic happen!

$300-$350 per week, commensurate with experience

**Some leadership positions open for those with 1+ seasons of summer camp experience.**

�At least 18 years of age
�Willingness to work with participants of all ages & backgrounds

Specific Responsibilities:
� Manage a group of 10-20 campers Monday to Friday in all camp activities
� Participate in, teach, and assist in all camp activities, including bi-weekly overnight experiences & field trips
� Promote safety & health regulations
� Guide & encourage individual campers in participation in camp activities
� Assist in the opening & closing of camp, including cleaning & maintenance of buildings
� Other duties as assigned

Ready for a summer to remember? Then apply today! Visit bit.ly/HNCemployment and complete an online application.
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