Upcoming Events

Come visit the Howell Nature Center for exciting events! Please note that events require pre-registration. Click on the events below or call our Welcome Center at (517) 546-0249 for additional information.

Click our OUTDOOR OCTOBER calendar below to view a downloadable/printable PDF


20 hours ago

Howell Nature Center

Boot for a goose!

What do you do for a goose whose foot is curling and he is not placing it properly? You give him a boot of course!

This goose was brought to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic with a fractured leg. It was splinted for healing, but when we removed the splint we found that he was curling his foot rather than placing it flat on the ground. We were able to fashion him this boot out of cardboard and duct tape, and it will force his foot to be in the correct position and allow him to complete his healing process for release back into the wild for a second chance.

Thank you to the wildlife hero who brought him to us and to all of our supporters who help us help wildlife!
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Our first ACTION PACKED, FAMILY FUN weekend is coming up in our Outdoor October calendar that you won't want to miss!

🍂Friday, October 2nd🍂
- Fall Family Fridays - October 2nd 5:00pm-7:00pm
- Glow Zip! - October 2nd 7:00pm-8:00pm

🦉Saturday, October 3rd🦉
- Discovery Day - 10:00am - 5:00pm with special wildlife presentations 12:00pm-2:00pm
- Glow Zip! - October 3rd 7:00pm-8:00pm

🧟‍♂️Sunday, October 4th🏹
- Sunday Sunrise in Nature - October 4th, 7:00 am - 9:00am
- Ninja Trick-or-Treat Challenge - October 4th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
- Zombie Escape! - October 4th, 3:00pm-6:00pm
- Community Virtual Wildlife Program - Fantastical Beasts - October 4th 6:00-7:00 pm

Learn more and pre-register here: howellnaturecenter.org/community/events/
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Happy #sillysunday! Can you come up with a clever caption for this picture of Teddy and Willow, our resident beavers? ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Howell Nature Center

Woah! We almost forgot! #discoverydayhnc starts at 12pm with a behind the scenes tour in Wild Wonders and a special Ecology Day LIVE wildlife presentation in person at Critter Corner starting 1pm, all free with todays admission! This Saturday also features Kona Ice of Brighton from which a portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to wildlife in need. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Outdoor & Virtual Learning Lab and After School Adventure Club Week 4 is complete! Kids had a blast this week and advanced their skills at Archery and fishing. The kids also learned new educational games.

Today is the last day to get the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for our October dates. You will receive 10% off your total. Registrations close at 11:59pm tonight.

We hope to see you soon.
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Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic has already seen over 4,025 patients this year from 165 species! Take a look at some of the amazing animals of Michigan we have treated.

Despite the many challenges faced, like record numbers of intakes during a time of decreased revenue, volunteers, and interns, we have remained committed to helping injured and orphaned wildlife in need. We truly believe in the value of each individual animal and work hard to rehabilitate wildlife for a second chance at life in the wild. We believe no animal deserves to suffer and do everything we can to help.

We need help to continue being a safe place for wildlife to heal. A generous donor will match donations up to $50,000 for just 2 more days, and this support is critical for us since we receive no government funding and are relying on donations more than ever. If everyone who loves wildlife donates just $5 today for $5 Friday, we might be able to meet our goal of $50,000! Please share and thank you for your support!
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We are *obsessed* with these beautiful, nature-themed earrings by Jabebo Studio. Show off your love of animals AND the planet with these elegant pieces, crafted from recycled materials.

Available in our Welcome Center, you can grab a pair (or three!) during your visit during this great autumn weather!
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Meet our turtle patients!

The turtles pictured here are just a few of the injured native turtles in our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Common turtle issues we treat include eye infections, leg injuries, and shell injuries that can take many months to heal.

One of our current turtle patients is a common snapping turtle. We love this species for so many reasons!

🐢Snapping turtles help clean the water because they eat dead animals like fish and frogs. This keeps bacteria levels lower and creates a healthier environment.

🐢Older turtles eat seeds and vegetation. By spreading seeds, they spread plants that serve as fish nurseries. This increases biodiversity.

🐢They snap on land because they cannot retreat into their shells for protection, so snapping is their only way to defend themselves. They don’t have great jaw strength, so it’s not as scary as it seems!

🐢 In the water, snapping turtles have actually been described as curious and gentle! They are not interested in harming you and will only bite if they mistaken a body part for food.

Please consider supporting our efforts in saving wildlife by making a donation of any size. For just a few more days, a generous donor will match up to $50,000!
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Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day--but if you're an opossum, EVERY meal is the most important! Can you relate?

At Wildlife School, all our wild animal "students" need breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, seven days a week. With hundreds of patients needing meals prepped and delivered everyday, on top of medicine and cleaning, our staff and volunteers stay VERY busy.

We are ALMOST at our goal of $50,000 raised in our match campaign. We need your help!

For $10, you can provide food for a coyote pup for a day.

For $15, you can provide food for all of our baby opossums for a day.

For $25, you can provide produce for all of our herbivores patients for a day.

For $50, you can provide meat for a whole day for all of our carnivore patients for a day.

Thank you for your support! We would be going BANANAS without you!
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Register before midnight on Friday, September 25th, to receive 10% OFF your total tuition for the Outdoor & Virtual Learning Lab and After School Adventure Club! Perfect for those who want to just check it out for a day, or those looking to provide their child(ren) an entire month of outdoor fun!

Looking for a place to send your child(ren) this Fall that offers hands-on educational experiences, tutors and lab space to do their virtual schooling, exercise, socialization, and recreational fun? All while under the supervision of highly trained staff and certified Health Officers? Look no further!

Read the full program description, find pricing, and more: conta.cc/3hhEjan
Register at hnc.campbrainregistration.com

"She had a wonderful first time and we immediately signed up for three more sessions when we got home-- and recruited a new friend to join us!"
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As a 501(c)(3) organization, our community and wildlife programs run primarily with funds raised through special events or donations.