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Howell Nature Center

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Group Volunteering

Bring your organization, business, or family and give back in a BIG way! Group volunteer opportunities include gardening, building projects and more. To learn about Partner Projects, including Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects, please contact us.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Adopt-a-Garden

Help to cultivate the many on-site gardens by planting, watering and weeding. (age: 18+; commitment: 4 hours/week seasonally)
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Junior Volunteers

In this summer program, students ages 13 to 17 help in the wildlife clinic by caring for baby ducklings and assisting the clinic staff with food preparation, light cleaning and special projects. (age: 13-17; commitment: 3-hour shift, one assigned day weekly, summer only) NOTE: This volunteer opportunity fills up fast so contact us early!
  • Weekly
  • Teens
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Wildlife Mammal Foster

May, June and July are known as “baby season” in our Wildlife Clinic – the time of year when orphaned and injured baby wildlife make up the majority of intakes. Foster volunteers with flexible schedules care for stabilized mammals at home and must attend two mandatory spring training sessions hosted by wildlife clinic staff. Some costs will be incurred for foster supplies. Must live within 30 minutes of the Howell Nature Center. (age: 18+; commitment: spring/summer; April through September)
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Wildlife Clinic Volunteer

Help support the rehabilitation of the thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians that are treated here each year. Volunteers help feed the animals, clean their enclosures and assist with other wildlife support tasks as needed. (age: 18+; commitment: 4 hours/week)
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Special Events

HNC hosts numerous special events and fundraisers throughout the year. Volunteers assist with event planning, registration, parking, ticket sales, decorating, soliciting donations and donated items, and more! Many of these events are ideal for high school students seeking community service hours. (age: 16+; commitment: varies by event)
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Evenings, Weekends

Adopt-a-Wildlife Exhibit

Help keep an exhibit perfect! Volunteers help clean and enhance a specific animal exhibit in HNC’s Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. Get to really know a specific bird, reptile or mammal. (age: 18+ or accompanied by an adult; commitment: flexible)
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help We are so appreciative of our volunteers at the Howell Nature Center! More than 150 volunteers donate 25,000 hours of their time every year — an invaluable service to the many lives we touch daily.
About us The Howell Nature Center is nestled around beautiful Pleasant Lake and among 230 rolling acres of woods and wetlands in the heart of Livingston County, Michigan. We offer comprehensive outdoor education and recreation programs; outstanding age-progressive summer camps; a premier wildlife rehabilitation clinic; native Michigan wildlife in our teaching zoo; Wild Wonders Wildlife Park; and an adventure education center available year-round to individuals and groups all over the Midwest.
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