“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 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 donated 25,000 hours of their time last year at the Howell Nature Center — an invaluable service to the many lives we touch daily.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESVolunteer opportunities include wildlife rehabilitation, Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, gift shop, special events, and more. (Please note that you must be 18 years old to work with wildlife.)

THE BABIES ARE COMING! Every spring, our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic gears up for the busiest season of the year. Of the 2,300 injured and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles that are brought in for care each year, about HALF arrive in just three months–May, June, and July. In 2015, we took in over 500 per each of those months, a 20% INCREASE from 2014. Our clinic quickly becomes more of a nursery than a hospital! While some “patients” have been injured in accidents, many baby mammals are healthy but orphaned; they just 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.

Our Foster Volunteers are vital to raising healthy wild animals, but it takes a special person. Fosters must care for the immature animals in their home away from children and pets, adhering to a strict feeding schedule, purchasing formula and supplies themselves, and always being as hands-off as possible, because wild animals need to stay wild in order to be releasable.

PLEASE HELP! We are in dire need of more Foster volunteers for this spring and summer! If you think you have what it takes, please contact Laura Kniffen, Volunteer Coordinator–517-546-0977 or laurak@howellnaturecenter.org. 2017 Spring Training will be announced soon.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES include wildlife rehabilitation, Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, gift shop, special events, and more. (Please note that you must be 18 years old to work with wildlife.)  Read more about our volunteer opportunities. 

The Howell Nature Center also offers internships. Click here to learn more about these opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Nature Center, complete the volunteer application and then contact Laura Kniffen at 517-546-0977 or Laurak@howellnaturecenter.org.

Volunteer Descriptions
Printable Volunteer Application

Online Volunteer Application

There are also ways for groups to volunteer at the Nature Center. Opportunities include gardening, building projects, and more. To learn about group projects, including Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects, enter your contact information here, and a representative of the Nature Center will contact you.

For additional information about group volunteering, call Dick Grant at 517-546-0533.