Johnston Community College’s Holds Its Woodstock Family-Fun Event
By Kay Whatley, Editor
Johnston Community College’s Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center is making plans for its eighth Howell Woodstock event on April 23, 2016. Howell Woodstock is a family-oriented event with music, food, outdoor experience demonstrations, and more.
Admission is free. Howell Woodstock offers free and ticketed activities starting at 1pm and running until 5pm.
Activities including fishing, mule wagon rides, environmental educational programs, nature hikes, and more. This year’s event will also celebrate the NC Science Festival and will feature rocket launching, a low ropes course, and bird feeder building.
Live music is planned by 180 Years.
While fishing is optional, those coming out for the day are encouraged to bring along their fishing poles as the kids’ fishing fees are waived for the day. Fees are $5 for adults. Kids may fish free from 2pm to 3:30pm. Valid NC fishing licenses are still required, though there is no need to make a reservation as usual. A fly-fishing demonstration is also planned as part of the day’s educational offerings.
Howell Woods offers over five ponds of various sizes plus access to the Neuse River, Hannah Creek, and Mill Creek for recreational fishing. Two of the ponds are stocked with catfish and/or hybrid sunfish while the other ponds are “naturally” stocked by seasonal floods. Bank fishing or fishing from small electric boats are allowed. Fishing platforms are available at most ponds. Catch-and-release and bait restrictions are explained upon check in at Howell Woods.
Local food and craft vendors will have items for sale. Food vendors this year include Chuck Wagon Concessions.
Inflatables will be available for the kids, with tickets available for purchase.
“This year marks our eighth Woodstock event, and we are excited to once again be offering this family-fun day and incorporating the NC Science Festival at the event,” 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.”
Howell Woodstock will be held rain or shine. Some events are planned for the Nature Center Classroom.
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 NC. Rudolph Howell & Son Environmental Learning Center specializes in education, recreation, and conservation of NC wildlife. Howell Woods consists of 1,600+ acres of bottomland hardwood forests, 600+ acres of mixed hardwood/pine, almost 400 acres of pine forest, and close to 100 acres of early successional habitat. “Early successional habitat” is habitat with vigorously growing grasses, herbaceous flowering plant, trees, and shrubbery which provide both food and cover for wildlife.
For more information about the event and Howell Woods, call the Environmental Learning Center at 919.938.0115 x.221 (Director Jordan Astoske) or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/howellwoods.