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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.

CHOOSE YOUR PATH

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

Camp Wonder at the Howell Nature Center offers unique summer day, overnight, and excursion camps to help children enjoy and connect with nature, while teaching many classic camp traditions, new skills, and life lessons.

Click below to read the brochure and register!

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Upcoming Events

March 24, 2019 - Indoor Raptor Portrait Photography Workshop

Howell Nature Center is offering a brand new type of photography workshop: Portraits of Raptors! You will take a variety of photos from head shots to whole bird. We will have a total of 6 birds which will be a mix of owls and hawks. $80 per participant, with lunch included.

Start:
March 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm
End:
March 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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April 9, 2019 - Little Critters: Tortoise and the Hare 10:00am

A special program for nature lovers ages 3-5. Children will enjoy nature-themed craft activities, stories, songs and play, plus a LIVE animal appearance from a turtle and a rabbit! Limit of 4 children per adult. Supervision required through the duration of the program. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Start:
April 9, 2019 at 10:00 am
End:
April 9, 2019 at 11:00 am
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April 9, 2019 - Little Critters: Tortoise and the Hare 11:30am

A special program for nature lovers ages 3-5. Children will enjoy nature-themed craft activities, stories, songs and play, plus a LIVE animal appearance from a turtle and a rabbit! Limit of 4 children per adult. Supervision required through the duration of the program. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Start:
April 9, 2019 at 11:30 am
End:
April 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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STAY CONNECTED

On March 18, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources transferred a confirmed Canada Lynx to the Howell Nature Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. The lynx was trapped in Harbor Beach, MI in Sanilac County on Sunday, March 17.

This is not far from where a lynx was recently confirmed on video in February. The Canada Lynx is classified as a threatened species in Michigan with only rare sightings occurring in the last 40 years, primarily in the Upper Peninsula.

According to a DNR representative, this is the first live lynx captured in the state.

At this time, we are allowing him (or her) to settle after a stressful few days. Though caught in a leg-hold trap, no limp has been observed as yet. A full physical examination under anesthesia will be performed soon. It is not yet clear if the lynx is a released/escaped illegal pet or is in fact, truly wild. After physical and behavioral assessments are performed, a determination will be made if it can be released back to the wild. According to the DNR, this would likely take place in the Upper Peninsula as Michigan’s Thumb area is poor habitat for an animal who prefers a large territory of dense conifer or boreal forests.
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Do you love to plan events and decorate for the holidays? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community?

We are searching for individuals to join our Special Events Committee: a core team of volunteers interesting in making our special events a magical experience for children!

Committee members will meet roughly once a month for planning sessions (March - December) with additional meetings before and after event dates to decorate/tear down. Committee members will help steer the "look and feel" of our special events, so this is a great opportunity for someone looking to make a lasting impact!

Interested? E-mail our Community Engagement Coordinator at elizabeths@howellnaturecenter.org with the subject: "Special Events Committee." Please include your experience (if any) with event planning and crafting, and why you are interested in volunteering for this role.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day from your animal friends in the Wild Wonder's Wildlife Park! Check out this quick video of some of the critters enjoying festive treats from their zookeepers.

We are open daily from 10am - 5pm, so find time to visit this week with the warmer temperatures!
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MAR 18: Howell Nature Center is bringing live animals native to Michigan that are endangered. Learn how to help protect these threatened species, and discover how successful conservation has already saved some of these majestic creatures. Call to register. FREE! 🐺🦋🦇❤️ #SupportLocalWildlife #LearnSomethingNew #LivingstonReads ... See MoreSee Less

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We were contacted by educator Lynn Lindenfelser of Guardian Lutheran Church whose 3rd/4th grade science class was looking to support our wildlife rehabilitation efforts. Our Wildlife Clinic suggested a "DIY Incubator" project. The students agreed to the idea and made us several units in preparation for "baby" season at the Howell Nature Center.

Thanks to these kids, we can help even more injured and orphaned baby wild animals. THANK YOU!
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5 days ago

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Earlier this week we had our Little Critters nature preschool program, featuring Yeti, the snowy owl! Parents and their "little critters" sang songs, made a craft, read a story, and learned all about winter adaptations by meeting Yeti! ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling all individuals, corporate or youth groups, college students, and teenagers: Are you looking to gain valuable and meaningful experience while supporting a cause that helps wildlife in need and connects children to nature?

Join us during our Volunteer Open House happening TONIGHT from 5pm - 6pm. We will talk about all of the volunteer opportunities at the Howell Nature Center.

Learn more and RSVP at: conta.cc/2X7dHzV
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Who else is feeling a little sluggish this morning? 😴 #SpringForward #DaylightSavings

Come spend a sleepy Sunday with your animal friends in our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, open 10am - 5pm.
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Celebrate the changing of seasons at Howell Nature Center this spring! From March 25-29, kids will gear up for summer during this week of exciting outdoor adventure. After a long winter season, campers will be eager to join us outside for archery, sports and games, wildlife programs and so much more! Pre-registration is required.

Learn more and register here: bit.ly/springdaycamp2019

Daily Registration
Only $42 per camper per day!
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Before Care: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
After Care: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$6 per session.

For children currently in Kindergarten through 8th grades.
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April 13, 2019 - TIGER Scouts Archery Day (9:00 am - 10:30 am)

Ready, aim, fire! Whether you bring a Den or an individual scout, TIGERS will complete levels 1 & 2 of the Archery Shooting Sports Award in a hands-on workshop. This is a fantastic opportunity to earn badges in a FUN, CREATIVE, AND OUTDOOR way!

Start:
April 13, 2019 at 9:00 am
End:
April 13, 2019 at 10:30 am
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April 13, 2019 - WOLF Scouts Archery Day (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Ready, aim, fire! Whether you bring a Den or an individual Scout, Wolf Scouts will complete levels 1 & 2 of the Archery Shooting Sports Award in a hands-on workshop. This is a fantastic opportunity to earn badges in a FUN, CREATIVE, AND OUTDOOR way!

Start:
April 13, 2019 at 10:30 am
End:
April 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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April 13, 2019 - BEAR Scouts Archery Day (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Ready, aim, fire! Whether you bring a Den or an individual Scout, BEAR Scouts will complete levels 1 & 2 of the Archery Shooting Sports Award in a hands-on workshop. This is a fantastic opportunity to earn badges in a FUN, CREATIVE, AND OUTDOOR way!

Start:
April 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm
End:
April 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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