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.