Overnight & Excursion Camps are SUSPENDED due to COVID-19

Classic Day & Specialty Camps are OPEN!

Howell Nature Center Open by Reservation

As of July 7, the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, Alexandria’s NatureScape, 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, the NatureZone and the DTE Raptor Centers 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 sharp increase in wildlife patients, the clinic has now reached capacity. We are only able to accept baby songbirds, birds of prey, and select baby mammals. We are unable to accommodate any additional adult mammals or adult waterfowl at this time. 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. Our staff thank you for understanding as we care for thousands of wild lives in need already in our clinic. We will do our very best to prepare ourselves to intake more patients in the coming weeks.

If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal please refer to the DNR’s licensed rehabilitator list online here.

Our Wildlife Helpline (517) 548-5530 will remain in operation to help those with questions and concerns 10am-3pm daily. However, non-emergency calls and case check-ups should expect some delays in hearing back from our staff as we care for current patients in need.

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


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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all events have been canceled until further notice. Please check back soon for additional updates.


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Howell Nature Center

This week, we want to highlight Shane Lewandowski, our Outdoor Adventure Coordinator. Shane joined our team as an environmental educator last fall, and truly cares about providing high-quality and safe adventure programming for children of all ages. As we began to rebuild after the immediate fallout of COVID-19, he answered the call to return to work and took on new challenges and responsibilities.

Shane is a graduate of Siena Heights University where he studied Environmental Science. His hobbies include playing and coaching lacrosse, all things outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family. Shane, thank you for being such a joy to work with and for meeting every challenge we throw at you with a positive attitude!!
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21 hours ago

Howell Nature Center

Get WILD tonight at Wild Nights!

Every Monday this summer our Wildlife Park is open from 12-7pm to better accommodate the working families in our community. FREE with admission is a wildlife program featuring some of our favorite live wildlife ambassadors! Join us at Critter Corner at 6pm to watch Fantastical Beasts. We are sure you will love it!

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Unlimited hours of nature play at Alexandria’s NatureScape is included! Visit to register for your day of fun!
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Looking for something to do today? Come to Discovery Day at the Howell Nature Center!

Join us from 12-2pm in Wild Wonders Wildlife Park for some serious family fun! Zookeepers will be providing enrichment for our wild residents, followed by a special wildlife presentation at Critter Corner featuring some of our favorite wild friends! And the best part...this special event is FREE with daily admission or your membership! Admission is only $6 per adult, $4 per child with children 2 and under free.

We also have ZIP LINING available from 11:00am - 3:00pm for an additional fee. Learn more & pre-register at

12:15pm - Enrichment with the White-tailed Deer
12:30pm - Enrichment with Rio the Mink
12:45pm - Enrichment at the Red-tailed Hawk & Turkey Vulture Exhibit
1:00pm - Animal Meet & Greets with Igor the Turkey Vulture and Snowflake the Opossum at Critter Corner

Visit to reserve your adventure today! We are open 10-5!
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Week 9 of Camp Wonder Day Camp is a wrap! Campers had a chance to play games, jumped off our boat in our very own Pleasant Lake built a structure around a raw egg for an egg drop competition.

Also during this week our Wild About Wildlife Specialty campers learned animal tracks, made animal enrichments and had a chance to make their own animal exhibits. To end the week they had delicious cup cakes.
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Have you ever wanted to feel like you're soaring through the air like Tamale the red tailed hawk?

This weekend is your chance to experience the sensation of flying! Put your arms out, spread your fingers wide and enjoy the 500ft ride over a glacial pond formed 10,000 years ago! If you can keep your eyes open, be on the look out for the many different animal species that use the pond, like deer, turtles, frogs, and even herons.

Pre-registration is $20 per zip; walk-in price is $25 per zip.
Ages 5+ with a max weight limit of 250 lbs
Register here:
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Throughout the spring, our rehab clinic took in 17 fox kits that, through various circumstances, needed a home while they could learn to be wild.

Most of their learning takes place behind the scenes as we try to minimize the amount of human contact they have. However, a well hidden GoPro lets us get a glimpse into what goes on when our team isn't around.

Foxes are an important part of nature's Cleanup Crew and can eat up to 2 pounds of food a day. The red fox uses its sly hunting techniques to even stalk prey through the snowy winter months, helping our environment stay balanced while other Cleanup Crew workers are hibernating. They also help to clean our gardens by hunting down rodents, insects, beetles, and unwanted plants!

If you are interested in catching a glimpse at what goes on in your backyard when you aren't around, trail cameras are a great way to take a peek on those clever critters.
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Camp Wonder at Home Weeks 1 & 2 are officially complete. Please enjoy some of our favorite moments from the last two weeks. Camp Wonder at Home Week 3 is just around the corner! There is space available for our last week of Camp Wonder at Home. Don't miss your last chance to experience some amazing crafts, camp songs, family challenges and our unforgettable evening programs such as LIVE Skit Night, Talent Show and Mock Rocks.

Register for Week 3 Virtual Camp and Camp in a Box.

Other exciting news The Community Theatre of Howell and Howell Nature Center are offering our first-ever free Virtual Theatre Camp! The virtual camp workshops are geared for students 5th through 12th grade, August 10-14. Through workshops and live sessions, campers will learn important aspects of theatre-- from playwriting and choreography, to costume design and sound effects-- there is something for everyone! Join in the drama with some of CTH’s favorite camp counselors by registering at the link below.

Sign up Today!
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Join us with Steph our wildlife expert as she talks about our very own Kili the Bald Eagle. Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions. ... See MoreSee Less

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