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Come to the Howell Nature Center for a day of relaxing fun!

We are open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 5:00pm and are located at 1005 Triangle Lake Road in Howell, Michigan, just 6 miles south of I-96. Click here for directions. Please visit our Welcome Center upon arrival.


Daily Admission Suggested Donation:

$5 Adult  |  $3 Child 4-17  |  Free for children 3 and under

Annual Nature Passes: $45 per family (2 adults + children in the same household)

For groups with 20+ guests: Please contact us at 517-546-0249 at least two weeks prior to arriving so we can ensure your visit is as seamless as possible. When you arrive, please visit our welcome center to make your group payment and receive your day passes.The fee schedule above applies to large groups. If you are a nonprofit group, please contact us at 248-459-0485 for nonprofit rates.

Day information is for non-program related activities. If you are interesting in staff led programming, please visit the Environmental Education, Wildlife Education, Field Trips or other program pages.

Daily Activities Include:

  • Alexandria’s Nature Scape (Open May – October): Your child can initiate play while discovering the natural world. The Nature Scape is a fully fenced in area including fun activities such as a kid size waterfall and pond to play in, sand dunes to dig in, stump jumps, logs to climb, natural forts to build, trails to explore and life size spider webs to climb. (Note that adult supervision is required in the Nature Scape.)
  • Alexandria’s Treehouse (Open May – October): This wheelchair-accessible treehouse stretches over 7,000 square feet, featuring two satellite platforms, a main deck with a covered house and windows, two walkways, two sets of stairs and a suspension bridge.
  • Wild Wonders Wildlife Park: Throughout the half-mile path, you will find native permanently injured Michigan wildlife like fox, porcupine, coyotes, groundhogs, opossums, owls, hawks, falcons, and more in habitats specifically designed to mimic each animal’s natural environment.  Newly-designed interpretive signs enrich self-guided as well as naturalist-guided tours. Click here for more information on the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park.
  • Nature Zone: A hands-on interpretive space based on nature in your own backyard.  Designed by local artist and author Michael Monroe, the Nature Zone includes a pond, live flying-squirrel habitat, a tree sculpture, animal tracks table and much more.
  • Hiking Trails: Enjoy multiple hiking trails around the property. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails (note that dogs are not allowed in the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park due to the other animals).
  • Open Zip Tours, Climbing Tower and Giant Swing (Seasonal): If you are interested in our open zip tours, climbing tower or giant swing, please see the events calendar for dates and times. Pre-registration is required for these activities.
  • Gift Shop: A great shop for souvenirs and nature items. For more activity details, please contact our Welcome Center at 517-546-0249.

Day & Overnight Camps



Summer Camp at the Howell Nature Center has a new name! Introducing…

The summer camp experience at the Howell Nature Center you have loved over the years…only better!

Day Camp – Nature Overnight Camps – Christian Overnight Camps –  Excursion Camps

Our goal is to provide a fun and enriching summer camp experience, and teach kids to be faithful caretakers of one another and the world around us.


Camp Preview Events:

Whether you are a new or a returning camper family, join us at a camp preview event to learn about Camp Wonder at the Howell Nature Center. Meet camp staff, learn more about the new “Camp Wonder” and take part in some camp fun.

Register Now for Camp Preview (links below):



NEW for Camp Wonder this year:

  • Weekly themes: Exciting weekly themes will be sprinkled into both day and overnight camps to provide a fresh and fun time for all.
  • Day Camp attendance options: This year’s scheduling options are 5-days (Monday – Friday), 3-days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or 2-day (Tuesday/Thursday). This scheduling allows campers to get the best programming available, as well as make stronger friendships with children who will share the same schedule.
  • Groups: Our groups are updated so that children are with the best age-group possible to maximize their fun experience.
  • Online registration: For the convenience of our camp families, we are now offering online registrations. Please contact us if you have questions at 517-546-0249.

Tips for online registration:

  • Payment: Note that payment (deposit or payment in full) will be required to complete registration.
  • Returning to your registration: If you are not able to complete your registration, you may return later. Please note that your camper’s spot will remain there as long as a spot is available. However, if your registration is not complete another camper can take the spot.










At Camp Wonder, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to experience the joys of summer camp and to connect with nature. Due to this, we believe that no child should be denied based on their inability to pay. Scholarships are available through community support and the Spirit of Alexandria Foundation.


Wildlife Rehabilitation

If you believe you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, we are here to help! If you have questions, please call or Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm or Sat-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm at (517) 548-5530.

If you have located an injured animal outside of these hours, keep the animal warm in a dark, quiet place away from people and pets until you can reach us. We also advise that you do not feed the animal until consulted by our staff. You’re welcome to leave us a voice message with your name and phone number.  You can also check the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s website for a list of Michigan’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators organized by county.



Please note we CANNOT receive bats, skunks, mute swans, raccoons, starlings, house sparrows or pigeons due to permit regulations. For assistance with these species, find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator on the DNR website. We are also unable to receive domestic pets or farm animals. Please remember it is illegal for anyone to keep or care for wild birds or mammals without state or federal permits. Thank you for your understanding and for caring about Michigan’s wildlife!

Occasionally, when a wild animal cannot be released back to the wild, they may become a resident of our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, which 30 different types of native-Michigan species call home and serves as an educational zoo for the public.


The Howell Nature Center has been caring for wild birds and mammals since 1982. In those 30+ years, our goal has remained the same: Rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife in order to return physically and socially healthy birds, mammals, and other animals to their natural environment – AND – educate area citizens about the wild animals that share our world.


The Howell Nature Center is fully licensed by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our wildlife clinic sees more than 4,000 wild birds, mammals, and other animals each year.  It is the largest facility of its kind in the state of Michigan. Our Rehabilitation Supervisor oversees the care of the animals, in cooperation with other staff, interns, and many volunteers.


The Wildlife Rehabilitation program at the Howell Nature Center is funded by private party donations, business sponsorships and special event proceeds. While we are licensed by state and federal government departments, we are not funded by any governmental agencies. LEARN MORE + SUPPORT wildlife rehabilitation and educational programs.


LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEERING at the Howell Nature Center. Caring for wild animals requires many hours and resources.



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Experiential Education

The Howell Nature Center has more than 270 acres of environmental and outdoor education space. We offer a variety of programs designed specifically to educate students about our natural world.  

Each year, thousands of school children, teachers, and adults experience nature up-close and personal by exploring plants, water, and our landscape.  Our programs closely correlate to Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core State Academic Standards. These programs are taught by our knowledgeable staff.  

Click here for our program description list: Program Descriptions 2017

Click here for our program selection form: Program Selection Form 2017

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