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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

April 28, 2019 - Camp Wonder Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Camp Wonder at the Howell Nature Center invites new and returning summer campers to preview our 2019 Summer Camp Programs. Bring your friends and family for an afternoon “camp sampler” of exciting summer programs and activities. Meet the staff, tour the facility and have all your questions about our summer programs answered!

Start:
April 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm
End:
April 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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May 14, 2019 - Little Critters: Garden Party 10:00am

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

Start:
May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am
End:
May 14, 2019 at 11:00 am
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May 14, 2019 - Little Critters: Garden Party 11:30am

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

Start:
May 14, 2019 at 11:30 am
End:
May 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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19 hours ago

Howell Nature Center

Happy Easter from all of us at HNC, including your animal friends!

(📸: Steph B.)
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2 days ago

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We had an EGGcelent time today, and hope you did too! Tag yourself in the pictures to share with friends and family. We would love to see your pictures, too! Hoppy Easter!

Extra special thank you to our many amazing volunteers who made this event possible!
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#WildlifeWednesday: North American porcupines are famous for their quills, of which they can have about 30,000 covering their body! While they cannot be "shot" out of their body like myth suggests, they do come out easily when brushed up against a predator and become embedded in the skin--painfully!

Rose came to the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park after being hit by a car and becoming partially blind. You can see her and all of your Wild Wonders Wildlife Park animal friends from 10am - 5pm, daily.
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ICYMI: We are very happy to announce that the beautiful Canada Lynx brought to the Howell Nature Center last month has been released into a remote area of the Upper Peninsula by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The Howell Nature Center is proud to have played a small part in helping her to Heal. Grow and Be Wild. It was the BEST possible outcome for this rare and amazing animal! Thank you to all who continue to support our efforts on behalf of wildlife!

WXYZ-TV Channel 7
ICYMI: A rare lynx that was captured in Michigan's thumb earlier this year was released into the wild.

MORE: bit.ly/2VGQ6oF
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Is it 5 o'clock yet? Because we are ready to jump into the weekend! How about you? #FridayFeeling ... See MoreSee Less

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We are looking for Baby Mammal Fosters! This is a dirty but rewarding job that you can do from home to help injured and orphaned wildlife.

To be a baby mammal foster, you need to:
- Be 18+ years of age
- Be willing and able to feed and clean 4-5 times daily
- Have a space in your home away from children and pets
- Be willing to pay for formula and supplies (Volunteer’s expense)
- Be able to make a 3-6 month commitment: April-September
- Assure us that you will keep handling to a minimum in order to keep the animals wild
- Must live within 30 minutes from the Howell Nature Center

If you think you have what it takes, please contact our Clinic Coordinator at heatherc@howellnaturecenter.org. There are two training dates: Tuesday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 23. Both are mandatory in order to foster mammal babies:
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2 weeks ago

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We are feeling foxy this #WildlifeWednesday, with a third orphaned fox kit joining our original duo. This little one was found alone in someone's driveway last week, soaking wet and cold from the rain/snow. They were able to find a fox den on property, but it was empty. After determining that it was orphaned, the kit was brought to us. The three foxes, now identified as all red foxes, are being raised together so that they can develop the valuable social and hunting skills that they will need to survive in the wild. Donate today to help with the cost of their food and around-the-clock care!

It may be tempting to want to keep these baby animals as pets, but this is actually illegal due to the very complex care they require! To give them the BEST chance for survival, get assistance from a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. If you think you have found a wild critter in need of help, please call our Wildlife Helpline at (517) 548-5530 before touching it.
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We are so thankful for our partners at Spirit of Alexandria Foundation! They joined us over the weekend to do a little "spring cleaning" in Alexandria's NatureScape, helping us prepare it for the new year! We are constantly amazed by the passion and generosity of the people in this organization. Thank you!Board members and volunteers visited the Howell Nature Center Saturday to help prep Alexandria’s Naturescape and Treehouse for a new season. We are very proud of our partnership, and we are excited about the 2019 season. Both features reopen in May. ... See MoreSee Less

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What do previous campers have to say about Camp Wonder?

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! bit.ly/CampWonder2019
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It's #NationalVolunteerWeek, and we want to take a moment to highlight the incredible volunteer team we have at Howell Nature Center. The work we do for children and wildlife in need is only made possible because of the hard work of over a hundred volunteers! We absolutely could not do what we do without each individual that donates their time and energy to us.

From the bottom of our hearts: thank you, thank you, thank you!

(📸 from Points of Light)
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