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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

Howl-O-Ween

AT HOWELL NATURE CENTER

Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27

4:00 p.m. – 7 :00 p.m.

Dress up your little critter and join us for a HOWLing good time!
This merry-not-so-scary event features trick-or-treating through the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, children’s crafts, hayrides, cider and donuts, and more.

SPONSORED BY
International Order of Rainbow for Girls – Gregory
Hands on Health Chiropractic – Dr. Adam Rushford – Brighton
Roofing PD – Howell
Samuel Daniels, DDS MS – Howell
Tri-County Roofing & Siding – Brighton

Upcoming Events

October 26, 2019 Photography Workshop with Steve Gettle: Building an Image

Guided by award-winning wildlife photographer, Steve Gettle, you will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of birds of prey in their natural settings. Explore multiple photography stations, each strategically set up to compose the best photographs. One-hour session with Steve, followed by lunch & over two hours photographing birds of prey.

Start:
October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am
End:
October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm
October 26, 2019 (Saturday) Howl-O-Ween Event 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Dress up your little critter and join us for a HOWLing good time! This merry-not-so-scary event features trick-or-treating through the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, children’s crafts, hayrides, cider and donuts, and more. Pre-event registration is required. Members: $5/adult & $10/child. General Ticket: $7/adult &$12/child.

Start:
October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm
End:
October 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm
October 27, 2019 Photography Workshop with Steve Gettle: Images that Communicate

Guided by award-winning wildlife photographer, Steve Gettle, you will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of birds of prey in their natural settings. Explore multiple photography stations, each strategically set up to compose the best photographs. One-hour session with Steve, followed by lunch & over two hours photographing birds of prey.

Start:
October 27, 2019 at 11:00 am
End:
October 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

STAY CONNECTED

Athena the very glamorous ambassador for this years A Wild Wonderful Night is getting ready for her debut! Are you ready to shine too at our annual Gala event? Get your tickets here: conta.cc/32t2X14

Birds like Athena rouse by raising their feathers away from the body, shaking them out, and rearranging them. Often this behavior is performed during grooming, after a bath, or just when the bird feels content and relaxed. Rousing clears the plumage of any debris or excess water, much like a dog that shakes its fur out.
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We can't be-LEAF how beautiful autumn is in Michigan!

The changing colors are in full effect at Howell Nature Center. Show us your best autumn pictures of the season... We want to see some leaves! 🍁🍂🍁🍂

(📸: Kate St. John)
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Howell Nature Center

We want to give a big shout out to our Food Service Manager, Cathy Cohen! Thanks to Cathy and her team, we are able to feed the hundreds of campers on property each day. While tasty food is always a bonus, what we love most about Cathy is her caring personality! Whether its a hungry staff member who forgot their lunch or a student with special dietary needs, Cathy is always willing to go up-and-beyond to take care of others.

Thank you for making every meal special, Cathy! We are lucky to have you on the team.
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Are you looking for a merry-not-scary event to take your little critter? Join us for Howl-O-Ween, happening this Saturday & Sunday from 4pm - 7pm each day. You'll trick-or-treat your way around the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park by visiting numerous activity stations along the way. Play in Alexandria's NatureScape, meet live animal friends, enjoy pumpkin donuts from Pinckney Bakery and fresh apple cider from Grainger's Orchard & Cider Mill, take a haywagon ride, make s'mores, and test your skills in the archery field!

Phew--that's a lot of fun all while supporting your local nonprofit! Pre-registration is required, so reserve your spot today: howellnaturecenter.org/
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A gentle reminder....please make certain your Halloween decorations won't harm wildlife. Animals may become tangled in webbing and unable to free themselves. Double checking each day may prevent a trip to our clinic and save a life. Please share. Thank you for caring for wildlife. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wildlife Technician Haley Beckman captured this magical moment of Frasier and Niles reuniting after a summer apart! We love watching them dance together.

Unable to fly, these two are permanent residents of our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. Most summers, Frasier takes on a very important and special role: foster dad! This last summer, Frasier helped raise an orphaned sandhill crane chick who is now big and strong! It is scheduled to be released back into the wild soon, getting a second chance at life.

We want to thank our community for their ongoing support through donations and visits to our center that allow these magical moments to happen.
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"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize." - George Eliot

It's the perfect fall day here on Pleasant Lake. What's your favorite autumn outdoor activities?
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Opossums are super heroes to us and other wildlife thanks to their ability to eat ticks! Check out this special moment captured on a trail cam of an opossum helping out a neighboring deer by cleaning ticks off of its face.Trail cam snaps photo of an opossum eating ticks off of a willing deer's head!

Opossums can eat up to 5000 ticks in a 2-3 month period, and are resistant to rabies due to their low body temperature. Excellent allies in curbing this particular lyme disease vector.

Trappers don't like them becaue they trigger traps set for coyote and other animals.
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We love the vet techs at VCA Countryside Animal Hospital of Howell and Hamburg! Thank you for everything you do for our furry and feathery friends! ... See MoreSee Less

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