Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season to spread some holiday joy! Check out our gift guide below to find something special and unique for your friends and family… all while supporting wildlife in need and connecting children to nature!

Holiday Membership Special

In an era where children are glued to their screens and toys are quickly replaced, give the gift of lasting memories with loved ones. When you give a family or grandparents the gift of an HNC membership, you are providing them an entire year’s worth of outdoor fun watching the kids/grandkids play and explore! Limited edition holiday ornaments are officially sold out!

We strive to offer our community a unique setting where people, nature and wildlife flourish together in harmony. With 230 rich acres of rolling hills and trails, lush gardens and multiple high adventure courses all nestled alongside beautiful Pleasant Lake, Howell Nature Center attract nature and adventure lovers from far and wide.

A HNC Membership includes the following base benefits:

  • YEAR-ROUND ADMISSION to the Howell Nature Center’s Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, Alexandria’s Nature Scape, the DTE Raptor Center and Nature Zone
  • SPECIAL MEMBER EVENTS AND PRICING for community events and programs as well as periodic complimentary events.
  • 10% DISCOUNT off all gift shop purchases, private events and facility rentals.
  • MONTHLY e-NEWSLETTER including all the up-to-date HNC information.
  • FREE ADMISSION and/or discounts at over 180 nature centers in the U.S. and Canada. See participating centers at
  • SATISFACTION of supporting a great cause!

Limited Edition Ornaments SOLD OUT


Wildlife Adoptions

Does your child (or grandchild) love animals? Give them a gift of a Wildlife Adoption, and they can help be a part of their favorite animal’s daily care!

Make a donation to the wildlife program and symbolically adopt one of our animal ambassadors today. There are multiple adoption levels to choose from, each with unique benefits! Learn more by viewing the form here.

The “Wildlife Guardian Package” is perfect for Christmas mornings:

  • 5×7” photo of your animal and their story
  • Species information
  • A personalized adoption certificate.
  • A squishable, squeezable stuffed version of their animal… perfect for Christmas morning hugs (limited quantities)
  • 4 day passes to the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park

Summer Camp Magic

Each holiday season, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are faced with the hard decision of what gifts to give children. This year, as part of your holiday gift list, consider the gift of Camp Wonder – summer day, overnight, and excursion camps!

Camp Wonder provides children with essential time in the outdoors, exploring and growing in a nurturing and safe environment. Our camp provides a great experience that offers extraordinary learning opportunities and enduring memories. Camp teaches skills that school and home can’t always accomplish, those that are only accessible when a camper strikes out on their own and discovers what they are capable of.

This year, give a special child in your life the gift that lasts a lifetime! 


Virtual Wildlife Programs – Great Teacher Gift!

The year 2020 has been especially hard on our teachers, who have had to learn new technology, teach online and/or hybrid classes, and provide a sense of normalcy for our children while still going up-and-beyond to keep them safe in the classroom. This is on top of their already amazing work teaching and connecting with students! Give teachers a break while providing them with a fun, educational experience by gifting your classroom at Virtual Wildlife Program!

  • 30 Minute Program: $150 – Includes 2 animals
  • 1 Hour Program: $200 – Includes 4 animals
  • 2 Hour Virtual Nature Bus Program: $300 – Includes 4 animals, 30 minutes of games, and 30 minutes of learning how to find (and then dissect) wild owl pellets.

Programs accommodate up to 100 viewers, and can be designed for audiences of all ages. For more information or to schedule a program, call (517) 375-9713


Gift Certificates

Give the gift of WILD adventures through HNC gift certificates! This versatile gift is perfect for anyone, and can be used for our thrilling zip lining events, birthday party reservations, live animal programs, HNC memberships, daily admission to the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, Camp Wonder, and more.

Give our Welcome Center a call at (517) 546-0249 or email us at to order your gift certificate(s) today!