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 2018 Calendar 2.16.18

Trail Map
Download the 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  and bike racks at the Preservation and Conservation Loop parking areas. We hope to see you soon!


Download the latest 2017 November 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 2018


Fall Fest
Saturday, October 13, 2018 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!

Creative Canvas Painting Class Series

2018 – The Norma Johnson Center will be offering a painting class with Roxanne Bruce of Creative Canvas in November 2018. 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 3, 2018 from 2 to 5:   Welcome Fall fence for your fall decorations. Cost will be $40/person and occur at the Brandywine Center. Please call the office to reserve your spot today.

Santa’s Workshop
November 3, 2018 – 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 29, 2018.  Registrations and checks can be sent to Norma Johnson Center, Santa’s Workshop 85 E Iron Avenue  Dover, OH 44622.  2018 Registration 

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

December 1, 2018 – 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 November 30, 2018. 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.

Making a Luminary? Click here Luminary flyer and entry


Past Events in 2018

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.  Thanks to the United Way soup and hot chocolate will be served after the hike is complete.


2018 Essay Contest

Deadline February 16, 2018 – 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 8, 2018.  Grade levels are grouped together with a specific question to address.  A rubric is also included to help with essay writing.  Only grades K-2 will be judged on artwork.  All entries must be received by February 16, 2018. Winners will be announced on this website February 21, 2018. Click on the following link to download the Essay Contest 2018 flyer .  Click here for the descriptions and rubric to help in your entry.  2018 descriptions and rubric pdf 

Auction and Recognition Program March 8, 2018

Reservations due March 1, 2018 – The Norma Johnson Center will be having an Annual Meeting and Silent Auction on March 8, 2018 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 1, 2018. Download the Annual Meeting reservation Form .

Earth Day Clean Up

April 21, 2018 – 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 21, 2018 – 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 21, 2018 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 14, 2018 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.   

Chicken Barbecue

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 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 $10.00. The barbecue will be held at the NJC’s Yellow Pole Barn located on State Route 39.  

2018 Spring Plant Sale 
January 2018 through May 2018 – The Norma Johnson Center will be taking orders for the plant sale from now until April 28, 2018. 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 12, 2018 at the NJC’s Yellow Pole barn located on SR 39.  Click here to download the Plant Sale/BBQ Order Form 2018 


Camp Canopy Scholarships Available

Bob Romig, local tree farmer in Tuscarawas County is once again offering a Camp Canopy (forestry camp) scholarship valued at $375.00, in honor of his mother Gertrude Myer.  Individuals interested must enter the essay contest and address the prompt “What forests mean to me”. Camp Canopy is a week long camp held June 10 -15, 2018 at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County.  Campers must be 15-19 years of age by June and completed the 8th grade.  The camp is primarily an academic program where participants are taught to ID trees and wildlife, learn about insects, how to manage for wildlife timber harvesting and forest ecology, conduct stream sampling, hike through the woods and monitor wildlife.  Campers will also have time to participate in several recreational activities that is offered at the camp.  More information about the camp can be found at

Essays must be submitted to the Norma Johnson Center office at 85 East Iron Avenue Dover OH  44622 by April 13th.  Information about the essay contest can also be found on the Norma Johnson Center event page.  The scholarship recipient will be announced April 18, 2018 on the Norma Johnson Center event page.

Summer Children’s Program

Summer 2018 – 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 2018 Summer Descriptions  Click this link to download the summer sign up sheet. 2018 Childrens Program Registration 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

• June 5, 2018: Let’s build an Eagles Nest
• June 12, 2018:  Pond Dipping-A Frogs Life
• June 19, 2018: A Fly Flew by..Explore the life of an insect
• June 26, 2018: Taste Buds! Are you a super taster?
• July 10, 2018: Treely Different
• July 17, 2018: Nature Transformers – Butterflies
• July 24, 2018:  Birds 101
• July 31, 2018: Frogs

Crafting at the NJC
▪ June 7, 2018: Slate Painting
▪ June 14, 2018: Pallet Painting
▪ June 21, 2018: Tie Dye (bring your own cotton items to dye)
▪ June 28, 2018: Wood Cookie Design
▪ July 12, 2018: Butterfly Crafts
▪ July 19, 2018:  Ceramic Paint
▪ July 26, 2018: Concrete Stone Design
▪ August 2, 2018: Bobble Bitz 

 Picnic By the Pond Series
Summer 2018 – 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 23, 2018: Family Fishing Cancelled due to weather
▪ July 28, 2018: Family Movie Night and Social
September 8, 2018: 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.

Family Fishing Day – Cancelled and rescheduled July 21, 2018
June 23, 2018 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 23, 2018 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 12-22, 2018 – 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 Day Camp
 August 25, 2018. – 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 10, 2018. Registration 2018 release , Emergency Release Form 
Call the office for more details. Sponsors are presently being seeked to fund this program.  Click here Conservation Camp 2018 Flyer to download the flyer and help spread the word.