“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”– Margaret Mead

Volunteers (individual and groups) play a pivotal role at the Howell Nature Center. A few hours a week makes a great impact to our organization. More than 150 volunteers donate 25,000 hours of their time every year at the Howell Nature Center — an invaluable service to the many lives we touch daily.

Current areas of opportunity:

Adopt-a-Garden (starting March 2018), Adopt-a-Wildlife Exhibit, Junior Volunteers (age 14+) Wildlife Clinic Volunteer (Saturday AM, Monday AM only), Wildlife Mammal Foster (starting June 2018), Special Events, Wild Wonders Wildlife Park Feeder (Tuesday only). Please note you must be 18+ to work with wildlife.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Howell Nature Center, please complete the volunteer application and contact our volunteer coordinator at 517-546-0977 or Volunteer@howellnaturecenter.org.

Volunteer Descriptions
Printable Volunteer Application

Please mail your completed application to:

ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator

1005 Triangle Lake Rd. Howell MI 48843

Volunteer group?

Group volunteer opportunities include: gardening, building projects, and more. To learn about group projects, including Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Katelyn at: Volunteer@howellnaturecenter.org.


Every spring, our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic gears up for the busiest season of the year. Of the 4,000+ injured and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles that are brought in for care each year, about HALF arrive in just three months – May-July. Many baby mammals are healthy but orphaned; they simply need time and care to grow to independence. These cases are often sent for “foster care” by trained volunteers who take them home until they are ready to release.

PLEASE FOSTER! If you think you have what it takes, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: 517-546-0977 or volunteer@howellnaturecenter.org. 2018 Summer Foster Training will be held in June. Applications will be accepted through May 31st. Print our application here.

Foster volunteer requirements include: It is required that you REGISTER FOR AND ATTEND TWO baby mammal foster training sessions.
  • You must be available to feed every 2-4 hours for a 12 hour period during the day.
  • You will need a quiet space away from pets and people.
  • You will need to provide your own supplies (formula, syringes, etc.) at your own expense.
  • You will need to be willing to travel to Howell Nature Center to pick up and drop off babies.
  • Note that these are wild animals and they are not to be treated as pets, so they do not bond with people – and stay wild. (No cuddling, petting, etc.)
  • Photographing foster animals is prohibited due to permit regulations. You may not take photos of animals in your care.
  • Must be 18 or older. No other members of the household under 18 can have contact with the animals.
  • Wildlife must have no exposure to children or domestic pets.
  • Three to six month commitment: April through September
  • Must minimize handling to keep the animals wild.

Looking for an internship? Click here to learn more about opportunities at the Howell Nature Center.