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Howell Woodstock Celebrating Earth Day

Howell Woodstock Celebrating Earth Day


If you’d like a way to celebrate Earth Day this year, the annual Howell Woodstock will take place on Saturday the 22nd of April. The event goes from 1:00PM to 5:00PM and is located at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center in Four Oaks. Take the kids for nature hikes, browse food and craft vendors, and enjoy educational displays. The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will be joining the festivities this year as well as the Science Club from Clayton Elementary. In addition, Jeremy Stroud will be demonstrating Wilderness Survival and Howell Woods will also be partnering with the JCC Science Dept. and the NC Science Festival to offer some hands-on activities.

“This year’s Howell Woodstock is shaping up to be another great event,” said Jordan Astoske, Director of Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center

Howell Woodstock offers many free, fun activities for the family including fishing, mule wagon rides, astronomy, and reptile displays. Kids can enjoy recreational activities like a rock climbing wall and inflatables.

“We are excited to once again be offering this family-fun day out at Howell Woods,” says Astoske. “This is such a beautiful time of year on the Howell Woods property, and we hope folks will come out and bring their families and have a great time with us.”

Visitors to the area the weekend of the 22nd are encouraged to attend. Howell Woods is located a few miles off of Exit 90 on I-95. Whether you're looking for a day trip opportunity or a family excursion, put Howell Woodstock on your calendar. 

Howell Woods is a unique 2,800-acre natural resource located at 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road in the southeastern part of Johnston County. Programs, activities, and other recreation experiences like bird watching are offered at Howell Woods at other times of the year during spring, summer, and fall. Continue to check their website below for additional information regarding everything they have to offer both locals and visitors to Johnston County.

Howell Woodstock will be held rain or shine. For more information about the event and Howell Woods, please call (919) 938-0115 or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/howellwoods.

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Howell Woods to Hold Seventh Annual Woodstock

Howell Woods to Hold Seventh Annual Woodstock

Howell Woods to Hold Seventh Annual Woodstock

As the weather grows slowly, oh so slowly, warmer we often look for activities to get the entire family outside after a long winter in doors. Sunshine, fresh air, open spaces, activities, and learning opportunities are all available at the seventh annual Howell Woodstock event on Saturday, April 18th.

Howell WoodstockHowell Woodstock offers many free, fun activities for the family from 1 until 8 p.m., including fishing, hayrides, environmental educational programs, star gazing, nature walks, live music, and a bonfire with s ’mores. Kids can enjoy recreational activities like a rock climbing wall and inflatables with local food and drink vendors on hand throughout the day.

“This year marks our seventh Woodstock event, and we are excited to once again be offering this family-fun day out at Howell Woods,” says Jordan Astoske, Director. “This is such a beautiful time of year on the Howell Woods property, and we hope folks will come out and bring their families and have a great time with us.” 

Visitors to the area the weekend of the 18th are encouraged to attend. You can even bring a fishing pole and tent as event attendees are invited to fish and camp for free. Whether you're looking for a day trip opportunity or a family camping excursion, put Howell Woodstock on your calendar.  

Howell Woods is a unique 2,800-acre natural resource located at 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road in the Bentonville community of southeastern Johnston County. Programs, activities, and other recreation experiences are offered at Howell Woods at other times of the year during spring, summer, and fall. Continue to check their website below for additional information regarding everything they have to offer both locals and visitors to Johnston County.

Howell Woodstock will be held rain or shine. For more information about the event and Howell Woods, please call (919) 938-0115 or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/howellwoods.

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Howell Woodstock Moves Event to April

DSC_0030The organizers of the Howell Woodstock event took last year off to transition the event to the springtime versus a early November date.  The thought process behind the move included several benefits for attendees, including:  fishing for the children, better weather for hiking and outdoor activities, and prime bird-watching opportunities.

So this year's event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th, with exhibitors, kid's activities, and hayrides beginning at 1pm and running until 5pm.  Astronomy seminars continue after 5pm and the nighttime Statewide Star Party activities begin at 8pm.

Families are encouraged to bring a fishing pole to try your luck in the Savannah Pond located near the front of the property.  Other activities include nature hikes, rock wall climbing, hayrides, mobile fish aquarium, art exhibits, live music, BB gun range, inflatables and other rides and s'mores when the sun goes down.

Educational programs begin at 2pm in the Learning Resource Center with the following topics:

2pm     Soaring with Raptors
3pm     Living with NC Venomous Snakes
4pm     Micro Structures of Animals
5pm     Exoplanets
6pm     Black Holes
7pm     Weather on Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn

Also enjoy local BBQ from White Swan, Zaxby's, door prizes, and much more!  Howell Woods is located at 6601 Devil's Race Track Rd., I-95, Exit 90, near Four Oaks, NC.  Event takes place "rain or shine", and for more information visit their website, johnstoncc.edu/howellwoods or call 919-938-0115.

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Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.

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Meeting Planners

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?

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Group Tour Operators

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.

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Hotel Packages

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We have created several special hotel packages including a Girlfriends Getaway for outlet shopping, we know you need a break and great deals on shoes!  Click here to book your getaway today.

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