COVID-19 Health & Safety Update


Dear Howell Nature Center Supporters,

As the devastating effects of COVID-19 play out globally and here in Michigan, we remain hopeful for the future and take solace in knowing that we’re stronger together and can get through anything! During these difficult times our hearts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this crisis.

It was our hope to be able to remain open as a resource for our community to come and spend time in nature. After reviewing new CDC guidelines and input from other healthcare professionals, the Howell Nature Center will be closed to the public until further notice.

This will impact the following areas/events:

  • Wild Wonders Wildlife Park (Animals Will Continue to Receive Daily Care)
  • Welcome Center
  • On-site/Off-site Group Activities and Presentations
  • Spring Break Day Camp
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast Events on April 11

For all who have registered for Spring Break Day Camp and/or Easter Bunny Breakfasts, please know that you will be receiving an email from our Community Engagement Coordinator offering you three options:

  1. A full refund
  2. A voucher for a future program
  3. Consider allowing us to use the fee as a donation to help us keep our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic open through these trying times

Please Note: If you are able, Options 2 and 3 would be most helpful in an effort to keep our doors open.

The wildlife clinic will remain open Monday – Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Currently, we are working diligently to keep our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic open as we prepare for the spring baby season and an anticipated 4,000 injured and/or orphaned wildlife that enter our clinic doors each year.

In an effort to keep our staff and the public safe, please follow the instructions below if you have found orphaned or injured wildlife:

  • Anyone finding a wildlife animal in need MUST call the clinic at 517-548-5530 prior to transporting the animal to the Howell Nature Center
  • Wildlife MUST be contained in a secure enclosure prior to arrival
  • Upon arrival, please call the on-call phone number listed on the clinic door.
  • A HNC Wildlife Clinic staff member will meet you at your vehicle with paperwork and information regarding the intake of the animal.

As a non-profit organization, we solely rely on donations to keep our clinic doors open to wildlife that are at risk. While we understand the state of our current crisis, the community has always supported our efforts to keep our doors open.

If you can help keep the Howell Nature Center Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic open at this time, please consider donating any amount at or by mail to Howell Nature Center 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI 48843.

What does this mean for memberships?

For our current members, we have decided to extend your membership s by three months. Once we re-open, upon your next visit, please check-in with the Welcome Center so we can update your membership.

For those interested in a new membership , we are offering a chance to support the nature center today by purchasing a fifteen-month membership for $75.00 . To access the opportunity, please CLICK HERE.

How will the COVID-19 crisis affect our Camp Wonder Summer Programs?

We are optimistic that day and overnight camp is still happening. We plan to answer this question with more details as the COVID-19 health crisis unfolds. Our priority remains the health and safety of our campers and our community. We also know that in 2020, summer camp will be even more important. Especially after a difficult crisis like this, children need to heal, grow, and be wild in nature more than ever.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily by referring to CDC guidelines and consulting with local health officials. As we navigate through this, we ask for patience as we make challenging decisions that we never would have thought necessary just a few weeks ago.

Also, given the economic challenges at this time, to make Summer camp more affordable, we have decided to roll back our tiered pricing until May 31st.

Thank you in advance and please stay safe!