Howell Nature Center

The Howell Nature Center’s intent is to foster relationships and create a real sense of belonging, offering a unique setting where people, nature and wildlife flourish together in harmony. They have been caring for wild birds and mammals since 1982. In those 30+ years, their 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. With 230 rich acres of rolling hills and trails, lush gardens and multiple high adventure courses all nestled alongside beautiful Pleasant Lake, HNC attracts nature and adventure lovers from far and wide. Alexandria’s Naturescape features a waterfall, kid-sized spider web, an enormous sandbox, and more. Reservations are required for the two 500-foot zip lines, high ropes adventure course, and Michigan’s tallest outdoor climbing tower.

Wild Wonders Wildlife Park at Howell Nature Center provides refuge to permanently-injured wildlife. It was born from the mission to help injured and orphaned wildlife and to educate the public to become better stewards of our natural world. The park provides a permanent home for birds and mammals who, due to permanent injury or imprinting on humans, cannot be released to their natural habitat.

The Howell Nature Center is fully licensed by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, their wildlife clinic see 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. Their Rehabilitation Supervisor oversees the care of the animals, in cooperation with other staff, interns, and many volunteers.

Meeting Spaces

Grindley Lodge – The largest of all lodges at the Nature Center, Grindley Lodge has a central common space with four individual bunkrooms and can sleep 56 people. Grindley Lodge houses the Nature Center’s commercial kitchen, which handles all meal preparation for the organization. The deck provides a great view of Pleasant Lake.

Knoll Lodge – Knoll Lodge is a unique lodge at the Howell & Nature Center. Built in 1997, Knoll Lodge is the only lodge designed to be more hotel-like, with private rooms and bathrooms, rather than the typical bunkroom layout. Knoll Lodge can sleep up to 42 people and has wonderful deck space to enjoy views of Pleasant Lake.

Lakeview Lodge – Lakeview Lodge is the original building on the Howell Nature Center property. While much of Lakeview Lodge remains as it did in 1961, it was expanded in 2002 with the addition of the great room on the lake-side of the building. This addition allows Lakeview to accommodate more guests and provide a more modern meeting space. Lakeview Lodge can sleep 26 people.

Snowshoe Cabin – The smallest of all lodges at the Howell Nature Center, Snowshoe Cabin sleeps 20 people in two bunkrooms and features a newly-added common room and kitchen space.

Wildwings Lodge – Wildwings Lodge and Woodland Lodge are almost identical buildings. Wildwings has two bunkrooms, sleeping 40 individuals total, anchored by a lovely common room. There is nice deck space outside as well.

Woodland Lodge – Offering a great view of a pond from the large common room, Woodland Lodge is almost an identical building to Wildwings Lodge. Woodland Lodge has two bunkrooms and sleeps 40 people. The deck outside is great for relaxing.

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Howell Nature Center
1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI, USA
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Open daily 10am -5pm