“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, Sunday PM and Monday AM & PM openings), Wildlife Mammal Foster (starting April 2018), Special Events. 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 Spring Foster Training will be held in Mid-April.

Foster volunteer requirements include:

  • Feeding and cleaning 4-5 times daily
  • 18+ years of age
  • Wildlife must have no exposure to children or pets
  • Formulas and supplies (Volunteer’s expense)
  • 3-6 month commitment: April-September
  • Minimal handling to keep the animals wild

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