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.
Meet Woody, Michigan's Official Woodchuck!Woody was brought to our Wildlife Clinic by a farmer's wife after the farmer removed her mother. When baby Woody came crawling out of the burrow, the kind woman took the tiny orphan in and raised her for several weeks. Unfortunately Woody became habituated to humans during this time, and by the time she reached our Clinic she was too comfortable around people to be released back into the wild.Luckily we were able to give Woody a permanent home in our Wildlife Park, and she quickly captured our hearts. This little lady has a BIG personality. She loves corn on the cob, peanuts and bananas, but she would rather go hungry than eat brussel sprouts, green beans, or eggplant (don't worry, that never happens). She is very possessive of her enrichment and works endlessly to bring all available scraps of paper, leaves and straw into her nest box. She loves ear cleaning time, and when she's especially excitable she does somersaults!As you can see there is a lot to love about Woody, and this year we are hoping to build her a new habitat that is larger, more naturalistic, and gives her all sorts of opportunities to engage in natural behaviors. Please consider donating ➡️ www.facebook.com/donate/250594816469774/3941430849208621 ⬅️ to help us meet this goal, and don't forget to tune in to our VIRTUAL Groundhog's Day event on February 2 at 7:30 am. ... See MoreSee Less
#SundayEcoChallenge: Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute... and only about 23% of all plastic bottles purchased are recycled within the U.S. 🤢 That means that 77% of plastic bottles are making their way to landfills and--more likely--to rivers, lakes, and oceans. Studies show that about 1.1 million seabirds and animals are killed every year by plastic pollution. 😱You can help make a big difference by switching over to a reusable water bottle! Not only are they better for the planet, but they come in stylish colors and designs, so you can show off your personality. Plus you'll save money! 🤑💰Already use one? Thank you for being a great role model! Challenge your coworkers/office place to go plastic water bottle free in 2021 and see if you can start a movement that will save wildlife! 💚🐬💚🦆💚 ... See MoreSee Less
Happy #sillysunday! Can you come up with a clever caption for this picture of Woody? Our favorite caption by 5:00pm today will win FOUR (4) Day Passes to the nature center! Good luck!Join Woody on Tuesday, February 2nd for our VIRTUAL Groundhog's Day event!! Will she see predict more winter or an early spring? This event is FREE--learn more and register here: conta.cc/35HGQaL(📷: Katelyn L.) ... See MoreSee Less
Soak in this winter sun today at the Howell Nature Center!The Wildlife Ambassadors in our Wildlife Park, all here because they cannot survive in the wild, are loving this beautiful sunny day! Get outside and join them!And don’t forget, we have miles of trails that meander through the woods. It’s a beautiful day to enjoy nature!Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children over 2. We are open until 5. See you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
❄ Are you ready to have SNOW much fun? ❄"Raptor Hill," our new sledding hill, officially OPENS today! It will be open daily, 10am-5pm, weather permitting.Included in your admission, this hill is perfect for little ones seeking a thrill without being too scary. Warm up with a hike around the park, seeing all of your animal friends! So grab your sleds/tubes and come out to explore our winter wonderland! We are currently working on an "advanced" sledding hill for older kiddos that will open next year! ... See MoreSee Less
🚨NEW SPECIALTY CAMP ALERT!🚨Give your child the chance to learn the basics of outdoor survival at our new Bushcraft Survival Specialty Camp!New skills your camper will learn include animal tracking, building shelters, cooking food over fire, foraging for plants, and more! 🐾🌲Bushcraft Survival Specialty Camp is offered for grades 3-4 and 5-6.Check dates and register here: hnc.campbrainregistration.com/... See MoreSee Less
Overnight Camp is back! 🤩We're SO excited to welcome campers back for our Spirit of Alexandria Overnight Camps this summer! Overnight Camp is the perfect opportunity for children to unplug from technology, challenge themselves, grow as individuals, and build positive relationships out in nature.We hope to see you there! ☀️Check out our Overnight Camp dates and register here: hnc.campbrainregistration.com/... See MoreSee Less