Check out what the Norma Johnson Center has to offer this upcoming year. Mark your calendars and get ready for another fun filled year at the NJC. Download the current  2017 Calendar and 2018 Upcoming events

2017 Events-2018 Upcoming dates

Trail Map
Download the 2017 Trail Map
The Norma Johnson Center has over 6 miles of trails. Download our trail map prior to your visit. Sign in at the kiosk during your visit. We use the visitor numbers when we write grants to improve the Center. We have placed hitching posts at the Preservation and Conservation Loop parking areas. We hope to see you soon!


Download the latest 2016 May Newsletter  

Homeschool Wednesday
4Second Wednesday of each month during school year. – Explore different earth science topics with other homeschoolers in the area. Programs will be offered at the Norma Johnson Center, our office, the Brandywine Center or even a local field trip.  2017-18  Dates: September 13 – Fall Hike; October 11 – TBA;  November 8 -TBA; December 13 – TBA January 10 -Winter Hike; February 14 – TBA;  March 14 -TBA;  April 11 – TBA; May 9 – Spring Hike

For more details and to get on our home school email list contact Marsha at 330.339.7976. Participants must register before each monthly program. Place will be announced on a monthly basis.   Hope to see you there.

School Programming Offered

photo 4School Teachers or Community Organizations the NJC staff have many programs available for you to utilize for FREE. Learn about native Ohio animals, butterflies, or bats, take a leap into our local watersheds and see where our water comes from and how it flows, take advantage of our staff who are trained in Project Wet, Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Food, Land and People curriculum’s.

For more details contact Marsha at 330.339.7976.

Education Brochure

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Upcoming Events in 2017

Fall Fest
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 12-5 – Bring the kids to the NJC Fall Fest for a family fun event for everyone. It is a great time to enjoy all the sights, sounds and scents that fall has to offer. Activities will take place at the picnic shelter on Conservation Drive. Activities will include: Pumpkin Painting, Scarecrow Making, Various crafts to make setup along the trails. Participants will be given a chance to sponsor a butterfly for $5.00 and send it on its way to Mexico for the winter. Join us for a wonderful day at the NJC!

Santa’s Workshop
November 4, 2017 – The Norma Johnson Center will be offering a Santa’s Workshop at the Brandywine Center to the first 24 participants to register. The cost of the program will be $35 for each child participating. Children must be six years old or older to attend. The workshop will run from 9 to 12 with participants signing up for a three hour time slot. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seven gifts will be made by the child with the help of Santa’s helpers.  This workshop is offered by the Norma Johnson Center and OSU Extension. For questions please contact Marsha Freeland at 330.339.7976. Registration fee, contact number and child’s name must be received by October 30, 2017.  Registrations and checks can be sent to Norma Johnson Center, Santa’s Workshop 85 E Iron Avenue  Dover, OH 44622.   2017 Santa’s Workshop 

Creative Canvas Painting Class Series

2017 – The Norma Johnson Center will be offering painting class with Roxanne Bruce with Creative Canvas in 2017.  Registration is a must by sending your payment to the office at 85 E Iron Avenue Dover OH 44622 to the attention of the NJC.  Checks are to be made out to Roxanne Bruce to secure your spot. Help the NJC spread the word about our events by telling others and referring them to our website or Facebook page.

November 11, 2017 from 2 to 5 – Roxanne will guide participants through a series of steps to produce a reversible fall/winter scene display board.  Each side will have 2 different designs to choosing the look of your board.  Cost will be $35/person. This class will take place in the Brandywine Center.

Celebrate the Season – Luminary Trail Walk (3 to 7)

December 2, 2017 – Join us for our Celebrate the Season event from 3 to 7. The red barn will be decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas spirit. Even Santa Claus will make a visit. Storytelling, hikes and crafts will fill the time from 3 to 5 with fun filled family activities. A petting farm will be located in the bottom of the barn so don’t forget your camera. Hot chocolate and cookies will take the chill off as you wander from each activity.

Join us from 5 to 7 for our Luminary Trail Walk. We are inviting the public to create luminaries and turn their creations into the NJC by December 1, 2017. Then come out and walk our lighted trail from 5-7 on December 2nd while trying to discover your very own luminary. No worries creating a luminary is not a prerequisite for the event. We invite anyone to come and enjoy the trail with your friends and loved ones.

Winter Hike 2018

February 10, 2018 – This year the Norma Johnson Center will again be the location for a Winter Hike. Join us for a walk in the winter wonderland from 10 to 12. There will be 3 trails marked for the event pick one trail or do all three.  We will meet in the parking lot at the end of Conservation Drive off of Old 39. Wear worm clothes and be prepared for the weather. Nature is alive and well in the forest during the colder months. Join us to find out who is scurrying about at the Norma Johnson Center.  Refreshments will be served after the hike is complete.

Past Events in 2017


Creative Canvas Painting Class Series

▪2017 – The Norma Johnson Center will be offering 4 painting class with Roxanne Bruce with Creative Canvas in 2017. Registration is a must by sending your payment to the office at 85 E Iron Avenue Dover OH 44622 to the attention of the NJC. Checks are to be made out to Roxanne Bruce to secure your spot. Help the NJC spread the word about our events by telling others and referring them to our website or Facebook page.

January 21, 2017 from 1 to 4 – This class will incorporate a wooden slated board. Cost will be $35.00/person. We will be painting a snowman scene. This class will take place at the Brandywine Center.

March 4, 2017 1 to 4- This class will use a 16×20 canvas to paint a dragonfly pond scene. Cost will be $35/person and occur at the Brandywine Center. Please call the office to reserve your spot today.

2017 Essay Contest
 Deadline March 12, 2017 – The Norma Johnson Center is hosting an essay contest open to individuals in grades K-8. The top two winners in each category will be acknowledged at the NJC Annual Silent Auction and Recognition Program on March 31, 2016.  Grade levels are grouped together with a specific question to address.  Only grades K-2 will be judged on artwork.  All entries must be received by March 12, 2017. Winners will be announced on this website March 14, 2017. Click on the following link to download the TBA

Essay Contest Winners Announced    TBA 

Auction and Recognition Program March 28, 2017
Reservations due March 20, 2017 – The Norma Johnson Center will be having an Annual Meeting and Silent Auction on March 28, 2017 at Union Hill United Methodist Church outside of Dover. The Silent Auction will start at 5:15 and dinner will be served at 6:00. Come support the NJC and help us honor our essay contest winners. The Dinner will be served family style and consist of a salad, baked chicken and ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, cheesy vegetable medley, dinner roll, dessert and a drink. Dinners will be $15.00/adult and $7.00/child 5-12 of age and children 4 and younger are free. Please send your RSVP and check to Norma Johnson Center 85 East Iron Avenue  Dover, OH 44622 no later than March 20, 2017. Download the Annual Meeting reservation Form .

Earth Day Clean Up

April 29, 2017 – Meet at the yellow pole barn off of SR 39 at 9 AM. We welcome you to help clean up the NJC from the long winter. To celebrate Earth Day participants will be asked to help pick up litter at the NJC. We will finish around noon.

Rain Barrel Workshop
April 29, 2017 – Make Your Own Rain Barrel at the Norma Johnson Center and Make a Difference. Did you know that in the summer you use about 40% of your household water in your yard?! By using a rain barrel during the peak of the summer you could save approximately 1,300 gallons of water. So come do your part to help save the earth on Saturday April 29, 2017 from 1-3. You will be able to make your very own rain barrel at The Norma Johnson Center. We will be making the barrels at the Yellow Pole Barn (3 miles west of I-77 Dover Exit 83 on SR 39). You must register by April 21, 2017 call 330.339.7976 and ask for Marsha. We only have a limited amount of barrels and spaces available. It only cost $55.00 to make your own rain barrel. Register today and don’t delay so come make your own rain barrel and make a difference. If you can’t attend and still would like a rain barrel. Barrels are $65.00 each. Call the office for details.  Click here to download the 2017 Rainbarrel Flyer 

Chicken Barbecue
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – This fundraiser benefits the Norma Johnson Center Mission. Dinners will go on sale at 11:00am and will sell until we are sold out. Presale tickets are available. All presale dinners must be picked up by 11:30AM. The chicken dinner includes a chicken half, potato salad, baked beans, bread, Texas sheet cake and a beverage. All dinners are $9.00. The barbecue will be held at the NJC’s Yellow Pole Barn located on State Route 39.  

2017 Spring Plant Sale 
January 2017 through May 2017 – The Norma Johnson Center will be taking orders for the plant sale from now until April 28, 2017. Hanging baskets $15.00 each, flats $15.00 each and herbs $3.50 each will be on sale. Plants provided by Stutzman’s Lawn and Landscaping. Plant pickup is from 10-2 on May 13, 2017 at the NJC’s Yellow Pole barn located on SR 39.  Click here to download the NJC plant order form 2017

Summer Children’s Program

Summer 2017 – This summer we will be offering activities on Tuesday and Thursdays. Participants will need to register at the office for programs occurring on Tuesdays and Thursdays by calling 330.339.7976 and fill out an emergency contact information sheet for their child if not accompanied by an adult during the activity. Children under the age of 7 will need to be accompanied by an adult for all summer programs offered below. All programs will have a $3.00 participation fee applied. A maximum family charge of $9.00/activity will be administered. Funds collected will benefit the Norma Johnson Center’s mission. Summer Program Descriptions 2017 Children Program Descriptions   Click this link to download the summer sign up sheet.  2017 program sign ups  You can mail it in to the office 85 East Iron Avenue Dover OH  44622 or call in the registration 330.339.7976.  

Interacting with Nature

looking good• June 6, 2017: Shelter Building
• June 13, 2017:  Pond Dipping-A Frogs Life
• June 20, 2017: Pokemon GO Safari
• June 27, 2017: CSI: Norma Johnson Center (scat activities)
• July 11, 2017: Selfie Scavenger Hunt
• July 18, 2017: Creektopia
• July 25, 2017:  Nature Transformers – Butterflies
• August 1, 2017: Augmented Reality Watershed

Crafting at the NJC
photo 1▪ June 8, 2017: Make and take Mini Fairy Garden
▪ June 15, 2017: Marbling Art Piece
▪ June 22, 2017: Tie Dye (bring your own cotton items to dye)
▪ June 29, 2017: Tissue Paper Canvas Art Design
▪ July 13, 2017: Concrete Stones
▪ July 20, 2017:  Butterfly Yarn Craft
▪ July 27, 2017:  Sandpaper T-Shirt Design (bring your own shirt)
▪ August 3, 2017: Fall Crafts 

 Picnic By the Pond Series
Summer 2017 – As the day winds down enjoy a picnic with your family at the Norma Johnson Center. Community members are encouraged to bring their picnic around 6:00 and meet at the picnic shelter on Conservation Drive. After dinner, the NJC staff will offer program.
▪ June 24, 2017: Scavenger Hunt/Family Fishing
▪ July 29, 2017: Family Movie Night and Social
September 9, 2017: Fall Night Hike; At dusk go into the woods of the NJC and experience night life at its best. NJC staff will lead a group through the woods and give participants a glimpse into NJC night life.


Bye Bye Blue Art Series

2017 – The Norma Johnson Center will be offering 3 art classes in cooperation with Bye Bye Blue Art Studio and Rachel Leach in 2017.  Registration is a must by signing up on Bye Bye Blue’s website. Help spread the word about our events by telling others and referring them to our website or Facebook page.

June 17, 2017 from 2 to 4 – Vibrant Tie Dying. Bye Bye Blue uses different dyes then our tie dye children’s class and items will be vibrantly produced.  Love the ctolors and the process!  Norma Johnson Center shirts will be available to purchase for $10/shirt or bring your own item.  Dye Cost will be $15.00/person.  This event will take place in the yellow pole barn located on SR 39.  Please register online with Bye Bye Blue Art Gallery:  

June 26, 2017  from 6PM to 8  – Bring along your favorite piece of fruit and we will paint a picture of it! lemonforwebMaybe you’ll bring a pineapple, a watermelon, a grapefruit or an apple. Cost is $35/person and includes all supplies.  This class will take place in the Red Barn at the NJC.  Please register on line with Bye Bye Blue Art Gallery:


August 14, 2017 from 6PM to 8 – Bye Bye Blue will be offering a mixed media class. In this class, we will be pandausing tissue paper, glue, and acrylic paint to make a fun and cheery painting, fit to decorate any wall. Cost is $35 and includes all supplies. Perfect for adults and kids alike!  This class will take place in the red barn. Please register on line with Bye Bye Blue Art Gallery: 


 Family Fishing Day
June 24, 2017 from 9 to 12 – “Family Fishing Day at the Norma Johnson Center” Dover, OH –The Norma Johnson Center will be hosting a “Family Fishing Day” event on Saturday June 24, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Registration will take place from 9 to 9:30. The event will take place at the pond located behind the yellow pole barn located on SR 39. This event is a free event open to all families with children up to the age of 18 and all participants must register during the specified time listed above.  Join us for a morning of fun. There is no charge for the event but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The event will be cancelled if it rains and rescheduled for a later date.

The Norma Johnson Center is located on State Route 39 between Dover and Sugarcreek. Questions about the event can be answered by calling the NJC director, Marsha Freeland, at 330.339.7976 ext. 305 Monday through Friday 7:30-4.

Traveling Butterfly ExhibitIMG_2450
July 20-30, 2017 – Have you ever wanted to stand in a place with butterflies fluttering around you? Explore the life cycle of butterflies? Feed a butterfly? All this can happen when you come to the NJC the week of July 20th-30th. Working with “All a Flutter” owner Fran LeMaster participants can enter a butterfly house and experience the world of butterflies. The exhibit will be open from 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. Join us for this truly amazing event. Click here to download the butterfly exhibit flyer.   


Conservation Camp flyer 2017

Conservation Day Camp
 August 19, 2017. – The Conservation Day Camp being held at the Norma Johnson Center.  Attendees must be between the ages of 6-18.  Adults are welcome to stay with their child and watch their skills grow throughout the day.  Sessions will include Archery, Shooting Sports, Fishing, and two other conservation minded stations.  Participants must register. Registration forms must be filled out and sent into the office no later than August 11, 2017. Registration/Release 2017
Call the office for more details. Sponsors are presently being seeked to fund this program.  Click here Conservation Camp flyer 2017 to download the flyer and help spread the word.


Yoga in Nature

Summer 2016 – For only $5 a class, you can participate in a relaxing yoga routine while taking in the beauty of green grass and sunshine! We are delighted to be partnering with Lindsay Demuth at Balance Yoga Studio LLC, who will be leading yoga on Wednesday evenings. Classes will take place at 6PM and are open to all levels.  Class schedule is as follows (weather permitting): June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10 and August 24.  We recommend bringing a mat or blanket, and try to arrive a few minutes early to make time for the walk up to the grassy circle where the class is held.

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