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.
9 minutes ago
Our camp Health Office is managed by two heroes--Bettina Hasty and Andrew Bossio! These two help maintain our health and safety protocols, manage health forms, administer first aid, ensure every camper gets snacks appropriate for their dietary needs, and more--for all 200+ campers! Thank you for EVERYTHING you do for us!
Andrew worked as an overnight camp counselor in training in 2011 and 2012. He then worked as a counselor and life guard in 2013 and 2014. He took a few years off and joined the Air Force. He has now returned to camp as half of our heroic Health Office duo! Andrew has been known to sprint across the entire camp to get a camper a water bottle. Andrew's favorite camp activities are swimming and hanging out by the campfire.
Bettina has been with us since the fall of 2017, and brings with her a decade of outdoor education experience. This year, as Health Office Coordinator, she is the champion behind our extensive COVID-19 mitigation protocols and worked closely with the Health Department. Bettina is a life long camper and has fond memories of learning to sail on the Chesapeake Bay at Girl Scout camp a few decades ago. Outside of camp life, she enjoys playing outdoors on her kayak or downhill skis. ... See MoreSee Less
8 hours ago
Due to the overwhelming increase in patients this year, the Wildlife Clinic will now be closed on Mondays to allow us the opportunity to prioritize the welfare of the animals already in our care. Our Wildlife Helpline will still be open! People who find animals in need are encouraged to call us for advice at (517) 548-5530.
Thank you for understanding, and for caring about wildlife! ... See MoreSee Less
Firefly season is upon us! Did you know that each species has its own unique flashing pattern? Or that chemistry is behind their ability to light up? Use this infographic to learn more about these incredible insects! #sciencethroughnature ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Happy 4th of July from all of your friends at HNC (both two and four-legged)! We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.
We are open 10am - 5pm today for our first "Discovery Day!" From 12pm - 2pm, your family can enjoy meeting wildlife up-close-and-personal in our Critter Corner and watch animals play with festive enrichment. Bring a picnic and eat under the cool shade of a tree.
In appreciation of their service, all veterans have FREE admission today. For all others, admission is only $6 per adult, $4 per child. Children 2 and under are free! ... See MoreSee Less
We had a WILD time during our Where the Wild Things Are week at Day Camp. The campers went fishing, made nature crowns, created toilet paper animals and got a little dirty making mud castles. All in all it was a great week!
For more fun check out our Camp Wonder at Home Virtual Camp Experience. Our first week starts on Monday. Be sure to join us for a fun filled week full of activities, Live Programing, Crafts, Story Time, Camp Songs and much more for the entire family.
Register Today for Virtual Camp and Camp in a Box.
hnc.campbrainregistration.com/ ... See MoreSee Less
Celebrate Independence Day with a walk on the wild side!
Wild Wonders Wildlife Park will be open 10am-5pm this Saturday the 4th, and admission includes access to our first ever Discovery Days - Live Wildlife Experience featuring Barney the Box turtle and friends at Critter Corner 12pm-1pm. Again, meet and greet our scaled and feathered friends along with Wildlife Specialist Evin at no extra charge, this Saturday in Wild Wonders Wildlife Park.
Pre-register today at howellnaturecenter.og! ... See MoreSee Less
WHOOO is this?
We need YOUR help naming our new ambassador great horned owl! This young owl recently joined our team from Las Vegas. He was born in the wild but sustained an injury to one of his wings, leaving him permanently unable to fly. Since owls rely on flight in order to hunt, he would not be able to survive in the wild. Our wildlife team has come up with the name choices listed below. Visit him in our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, and leave us a comment to tell us your favorite name for him. We will reveal the winning name next Wednesday, July 8.
-Archimedes ... See MoreSee Less
As a 501(c)(3) organization, our community and wildlife programs run primarily with funds raised through special events or donations.