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.

Check out our November & December to Remember calendar to view a downloadable/printable PDF

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Did you know that your favorite animal friends enjoy enrichment all winter long at the Howell Nature Center?

Enrichment can be anything from toys, scents, puzzles, food and more. Our keepers use enrichment to promote natural behaviors and keep our Wildlife Ambassadors physically and mentally active. In this video, we made catnip snowballs which really engaged Zeus, the bobcat! Since our Wildlife Ambassadors can't survive in the wild, we try to bring the wild to them however we can and provide ways to keep them engaged with their environments.

You can help make the holidays extra special for your wildlife friends, like Zeus, by making a donation for #GivingTuesday that will be used to purchase new and exciting enrichment items! Facebook is matching donations today only. You can also donate on our website: bit.ly/HNCdonate
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Heading into the Holiday Season, we are working extra hard to make the holiday wishes of the Wildlife Ambassadors in our care come true! Did you know that our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park is providing sanctuary to over 70 non-releasable Michigan wildlife? These animals can’t survive in the wild, so we provide them permanent, naturalistic habitats here in our Wildlife Park!

This #GivingTuesday, we are asking for your help so that we can continue to provide great welfare to our animal ambassadors. As you can imagine, the cost of caring for all our ambassadors goes up in the winter. We are focused on providing the BEST shelter possible with heating elements, additional straw for warm bedding, and extra food as animals burn more calories in the colder weather.

Learn more here: conta.cc/3mrEXFz

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help us give your wild friends the holidays they deserve! Thank you!
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Looking for the perfect gift idea, but don't want to deal with the crowds of holiday shoppers? Check out our Howell Nature Center Gift Ideas guide: howellnaturecenter.org/community/giftideas/

The best part about our gifts are that they support wildlife while also providing unique, screen-free experiences! For example, the gift of a family or grandparent membership lasts a whole year, and will create new memories to last a lifetime!
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SAVE THE DATE - #GivingTuesday

Join us TOMORROW, December 1st, to learn about how we care for our wildlife ambassadors all winter long and how you can help!

In the meantime, here is an easy no-cost way to support wildlife: We are in the running for $20,000 during Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charities! But, we need to stay in the TOP FIVE by December 2nd to move on to the second round! All you have to do is vote once a day at bit.ly/3loK1JF

Thank you so much for taking the time to vote and for helping spread the word!
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The snow has transformed out Christmas Tree Lot into a winter wonderland!

After a busy weekend, we are down to less than 100 Christmas Trees left in our lot--after starting with 400! We are so grateful for your continued support and for being a part of your family holiday tradition.

Sales run daily from 10am-6pm while supplies last. See you soon!
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Happy #sillysunday! Can you come up with a funny caption for this picture of Odie, the white-tailed deer?

Odie and the rest of your animal friends are looking forward to seeing you during Wild Holidays with Santa coming up next weekend! Don't miss out on a fun, festive, and SAFE Christmas event for families.
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Yesterday was a record breaking day for our Christmas Tree Fundraiser! We sold 150 trees and 48 wreaths in a single day! 🤯

We still have hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut trees available, as well as fresh wreaths and garland.

All proceeds will benefit our wildlife ambassadors and their care all winter long. As if you needed anymore convincing--live trees are better for the environment than artificial trees! So what are you waiting for? Join us between 10am-6pm everyday (while supplies last) to get your family Christmas Tree! 🎄
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Thanks to your votes, we are still in THIRD place for the Detroit News Cheer for Charity! We need to stay in the top five by December 2nd to move on to the second round for our chance to win $20,000 to help wildlife in need.

You can help by voting once a day at detroitnews.com/cheer2020

It's a no-cost way to support wildlife! Thank you so much for taking the time to vote and for helping spread the word!
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SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN!
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On December 5th & 6th and 12& 13th, join us for Wild Holidays with Santa, a fun, festive, and SAFE outdoor Christmas event for families!

See the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park like never before! Head into the Wildlife Park to explore a magical winter wonderland full of festive decorations, visiting all your animal friends and getting candy treats along the way. Then head to the NatureScape to drop off letters to Santa while the big man himself greets each child from up in his Christmas Treehouse Workshop! He will then deliver a special gift to every child.

We have partnered with the Michigan Health Department to ensure a safe event. To view our COVID-19 mitigation protocols, head here and then select the time slot you're most interested in: conta.cc/35p76a6
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Our Christmas Tree Fundraiser begins today at 9:00am and runs until 6:00pm! We have 400 beautiful fresh cut Christmas Trees available, ranging from 6ft - 12ft with a variety of species including fraser fir, douglas fir, blue spruce, scotch pine, and black hills spruce. We also have 12" - 20" fresh fraser and douglas fir wreaths, and 25' and 50' strands of fresh garland.

We also have zip lining happening from 10am-2pm for an additional fee!

All funds raised will go toward caring for wildlife in need. After today, tree sales will run 10am-6pm while supplies last. Start your Christmas season with a gorgeous tree while also giving back!
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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.