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. Wild Wonders Wildlife Park is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Alexandria’s Treehouse is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., May – October.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all March

and April events have been canceled.

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Join us LIVE as we learn about invasive species with Houdini the Red Eared Slider. Please feel free to put any questions you have in the comment section. ... See MoreSee Less

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19 hours ago

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We received a few Eastern cottontail babies in our Wildlife Clinic over the weekend...

These bunnies are just from one day! We receive hundreds of these helpless critters every baby season when they are injured or orphaned. Please follow these tips if you come across baby cottontails:

🐇 Baby cottontails are ready to be on their own when they are about the size of a softball. If you find one this size and it does not appear injured, let it be!
🐇 Mother cottontails feed their babies in the nest just twice a day during overnight hours, so it's normal not to see mom around during the day. This doesn't mean the nest has been abandoned.
🐇 Simply touching a baby will not result in mom abandoning it, but please don't touch if you don't have to!
🐇 Well-fed bunnies in the nest should have a plump, round belly. If they look skinny and narrow, they may potentially need help. If you lightly pinch their skin on top of their shoulder blades, it should fall right back into place. If it stays pinched in a "tent", they are dehydrated and need help.
🐇 If you aren't sure if mom is coming back at night, you can put flour around the perimeter of the nest to check for footprints. Or, you can put string over the nest in a specific pattern and check if it has been disturbed.
🐇 If dogs are an issue, put a laundry basket upside down on top of the nest during the day when your dog is outside. Be sure to remove it at night so mom can return to feed her babies overnight.
🐇 Keep your cat inside. Cats are notorious for injuring or killing baby bunnies (and other wildlife).
🐇 Check for bunny nests before doing yard work. They often nest in tall grasses and will cover the nest with fur and vegetation. If you see a small circle of dry grass and some fur, you might have a nest in your yard!
🐇 If you do find a bunny that needs help, contact us or another licensed rehabber. Cottontails are very prone to stress and need specialized wildlife formula and care.
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We are #HIRING: Day Camp Counselors! (45 to 55 hours per week, June to August)

Counselors provide a safe and nurturing environment for campers under their care, allowing children to engage with nature while having fun with friends! This is a very important role that helps make summer camp magic happen! This year, we are operating summer camp very differently to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

Qualifications:
🌼At least 18 years of age
🌼Willingness to work with participants of all ages & backgrounds
🌼Willingness to follow strict health & safety protocols such as wearing a face mask when indoors

Specific Responsibilities:
🌼 Manage a group of 10 campers Monday to Friday in all camp activities
🌼 Participate in, teach, and assist in all camp activities
🌼 Promote safety & health regulations
🌼 Guide & encourage individual campers in participation in camp activities
🌼 Assist in the opening & closing of camp, including cleaning & maintenance of buildings
🌼 Other duties as assigned

Ready for a summer to remember? Then apply today! Visit bit.ly/HNCemployment and complete an online application.
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Welcome to our LIVE Q&A with our summer camp coordinators. Please post any questions on the comments and we will get to them as soon as we can. ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome to our Camp Wonder Virtual Open House Part 2. This video will give you information about our Day Camp and Virtual Camp. Also a Virtual Tour and a glimpse at some of the activities campers will experience this summer.

Register for Camp Wonder at Home and Day Camp Today!
hnc.campbrainregistration.com
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At 2pm our Camp Wonder Virtual Open House begins.
Join us at 3pm here on Facebook for our LIVE Q&A with our summer camp coordinators.
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Join us TOMORROW for our Second Camp Wonder Virtual Open House starting at 2pm.

Day Camp: We'll get a tour our camp, check out some of our camp activities and how day at Day Camp will run. Our Day Camp Coordinator Zach Marcy will be giving us the insight about Day Camp.

Camp Wonder Virtual Camp: What is virtual camp? You'll hear from our Virtual Camp Coordinator Alyssa Friday, what to expect with Virtual Camp, how to register and more information about Virtual Camp.

LIVE Q&A: Join us for a LIVE question and answer time with our Camp Coordinators. If you have any questions please post them in the comment section below and we will answer them during our question and answer time.
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We are #HIRING: Day Camp Counselors! (45 to 55 hours per week, June to August)

Counselors provide a safe and nurturing environment for campers under their care, allowing children to engage with nature while having fun with friends! This is a very important role that helps make summer camp magic happen! This year, we are operating summer camp very differently to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

Qualifications:
🌼At least 18 years of age
🌼Willingness to work with participants of all ages & backgrounds
🌼Willingness to follow strict health & safety protocols such as wearing a face mask when indoors

Specific Responsibilities:
🌼 Manage a group of 10 campers Monday to Friday in all camp activities
🌼 Participate in, teach, and assist in all camp activities
🌼 Promote safety & health regulations
🌼 Guide & encourage individual campers in participation in camp activities
🌼 Assist in the opening & closing of camp, including cleaning & maintenance of buildings
🌼 Other duties as assigned

Ready for a summer to remember? Then apply today! Visit bit.ly/HNCemployment and complete an online application.
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We've missed you! We officially open the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park and our Ambassador Walking Trail at a reduced capacity today for pre-registered guests. Make sure to practice safe social distancing when you visit--Igor wanted to let you know that all you have to do is stand one turkey vulture wing span away from other groups.

The NatureScape and Nature Zone continue to remain closed during this time.

Learn more: youtu.be/QeqetjB2DrM
Reserve your visit here: conta.cc/2OSEqMd
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Learn more about wildlife rehabilitation during a pandemic from our Director of Wildlife & Education, Laura Butler, in this interview with with WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit. ... See MoreSee Less

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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.