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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 2019 Calendar .  

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!

As a reminder our trails are NOT located at our office address.  Trail locations are located on SR 39 – 3 miles west of 1-77 Dover Exit 83.  40.511219, -81.538883.


Download the latest  2018 November Newsletter

Past Newsletter:   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.  2018-19  2019-January 9-Owl Pellets; February 13 – Winter Hike was cancelled due to weather;  March 13 -Winter Hike;  April 10 – TBA; May 8 – Spring Hike; September 11 – Fall Hike; October 9 – TBA;  November 13 -TBA; December 11 – TBA

For more details and to get on our home school email list contact the office 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 the office at 330.339.7976.

Education Brochure 2019





Upcoming Events in 2019

Creative Canvas Painting Class Series

2019 – The Norma Johnson Center will be offering a painting classes with Roxanne Bruce of Creative Canvas in 2019 . 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.

March 9, 2019 from 1-4:  Project posted above.  Cost is $35/person.  Event will take place at the Brandywine Center.  Please call the office to reserve your spot today.  

June 9, 2019 from 9-12:  Project to be announced.  Cost will be dependent upon project.  Event will take place at the Red Barn.  Please call the office to reserve your spot today.  

November 2, 2019 from 2 to 5 Project to be announced.  Cost will be dependent upon project.  Event will take place at the Brandywine Center.  Please call the office to reserve your spot today.  


Family Fishing Day  

June 22, 2019 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 22, 2019 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. Stay posted to the Norma Johnson Center Facebook page for updates on June 22, 2019.

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, at 330.339.7976 ext. 305 Monday through Friday 7:30-4.

NEW in 2019!  Exploring Nature with the Norma Johnson Center 

July 8, 2019 from 8 to 4 – “Exploring Nature with the Norma Johnson Center” Dover, OH –The Norma Johnson Center will be hosting a “Aquatic Day at the NJC we will be fishing, tye dying, exploring the wetlands in search of bugs and frogs and hiking some of the trails observing Ohios abundant plants and wildlife.  This event will take place Monday July 8, 2019 from 8 to 4.  We welcome participants ages 8 to 18.  Registration is a must and applications must be received by June 24, 2019.  The event will take place begin at the picnic shelter on Conservation Drive. This event is a free but all participants must register by filling out and sending in the following forms. Exploring Nature Registration 2019 release and Emergency Medical Form. Join us for a day of fun. 

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, at 330.339.7976 ext. 305 Monday through Friday 7:30-4.

Summer Children’s Program 

Summer 2019 – 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 2019 Summer Descriptions Click this link to download the summer sign up sheet. Summer Sign up form 2019 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 4, 2019: Shelter Building
• June 11, 2019:  Pond Dipping-Macro-invertebrates and Frogs
• June 18, 2019: Dragonfly’s 
• June 25, 2019: Mystery Nature Walk
• July 9, 2019: Black Bears in Ohio
• July 16, 2019: Nature Transformers – Butterflies
• July 23, 2019:  Fishing Day – if you have your own pole bring one
• July 30, 2019: Frogs-Gotta Love them

Crafting at the NJC
▪ June 6, 2019: Potting for Summer
▪ June 13, 2019: Wood Painting Craft
▪ June 20, 2019: Tie Dye (bring your own cotton items to dye)
▪ June 27, 2019:  Decorate a Container
▪ July 11, 2019: Butterfly Crafts
▪ July 18, 2019: Acrylic Photo Frame Design
▪ July 25, 2019: Concrete Stone Design
▪ August 1, 2019:  Sun Catchers

Traveling Butterfly Exhibit

July 11-21, 2019 – 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 11th-21st.  “All a Flutter” owner Fran LeMaster allows participants to enter a butterfly house and experience the world of Ohio butterflies. The exhibit will be open from 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. Join us for this truly amazing event. 


Movie Night in the Red Barn

August 17, 2019, 7:00PM: Family Movie Night and Social – The Red Barn on Conservation Drive is an excellent place to enjoy a newly released family friendly movie and popcorn. We invite Community members and their families to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the Red Barn Movie experience.  No reservations needed. 

Building an Eagles Nest

Conservation Day Camp has been renamed to Adventure Day Camp in 2019

August 24, 2019. – The Adventure 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, 2019. Registration 2019 release , Emergency Release Form 
Call the office for more details. Sponsors are presently being seeked to fund this program.  Click here Conservation Camp 2019 Flyer to download the flyer and help spread the word.  

Tuscarawas County Fair 

September 16-22, 2019 – Come say hi and check out our Norma Johnson Center Fair booth.  We are located outside of the Grange Exhibits- Fine Arts Buildings and beside the Fair Lane walk-in gate.  

Fall Fest 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 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.  A $5 donation will be taken at the gate to support the NJC mission.  Activities will include: Pumpkin Painting, scarecrow making (you bring the clothes we provide the stuffing), petting zoo, various crafts and/or snack tables will be 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!  If rain occurs on the day of the event the activities will be downsized take place in the top of the red barn.  

Santa’s Workshop 

November 2, 2019 – 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 the office at 330.339.7976. Registration fee, contact number and child’s name must be received by October 28, 2018.  Registrations and checks can be sent to Norma Johnson Center, Santa’s Workshop 85 E Iron Avenue  Dover, OH 44622.  Santas Workshop Registration 2019 

Celebrate the Season -3 to 5 in the Red Barn 

December 7, 2019 – Join us for our Celebrate the Season event from 3 to 5. The red barn will be decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas spirit. Even Santa Claus will make a visit. Seasonal kid friendly crafts will fill the time from 3 to 5. 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.

Luminary Trail Walk 

 (December 7, 2019 from 5 to 7)   We are inviting the public to create luminaries and turn their creations into the NJC by December 5, 2019. Then come out and walk our lighted trail from 5-7 on December 1st 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 2019

Winter Hike

February 9, 2019 – 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 trails

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 warm 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 sponsorship soup and hot chocolate will be served after the hike is complete.  Chef Mike from Union Hospital will be making Amish Dumpling soup and Southwestern Tomato Roasted Pepper soup.

2019 Photo Contest

Now till March 2, 2019 – We need you! Have you taken photographs at the NJC? We are in search of photographs that highlight the Norma Johnson Center. Follow the guidelines and submit your picture to the office. We will use them in media to promote the NJC . Winners of the contest will be invited to the Silent Auction Annual Meeting on March 21st to receive your prize. Cash prize will be determined on number of entries received. Deadline for photos is March 2, 2019.  Click here for photo contest rules.  photo official rules 2019 

2019 Photo Contest Winners Announced

1st Place: “Purple Toadstool”  Bill Roloff

2nd Place: “You Caught me in the Nectar Again”  Karen Jablonski

3rd Place: “Flight of the Monarch”  Bill Roloff

2019 Essay and Drawing Contest Contest

Deadline March 1, 2019 – The Norma Johnson Center is hosting an essay and drawing 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 21, 2019.  All entries must be received by March 1, 2019. Winners will be announced on this website March 8, 2019. Click on the following link to download the Essay Contest Rules 2019

Contest Prompt:  In Ohio, there are many native animals, birds and insects that migrate or hibernate over the winter months.  Choose one of these critters,  research it  and write a creative essay that describes its life.  Tell us about the environment, what it eats, how it raises it young along with any other fun facts you may discover along the way.  Drawings will also be accepted in each age group.  In the drawing, the above mentioned items must be represented in artwork.

Grade Guidelines:  Grades K-2 graders….25 Words or more; Elementary Grades 3-4…150 words or more; Grades 5-6…175 words or more; Middle School Grades 7-8…200 words or more

Prizes awarded in each Category for 1st and 2nd places

All winners will receive a NJC Membership and t-shirt, 1st and 2nd place winners will receive a cash prize, Receive free dinner ticket plus one free ticket for a guest.

2019 Winners Announced

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted an essay or drawing for our 2019 contest.

2019 Essay Winners


1st Place: Zoey Hershberger

2nd Place: Aria Sanner

3rd to 4th Grade

1st Place: Mitch Quillin  

2nd Place: Kortlynn Miller  

5th to 6th Grade

1st Place: Clark Quillin  

2nd Place: Kiersten Creighton

7th and 8th Grade

1st Place: Belle Fockler  

2nd Place: Allison Quillin

2019 Drawing Winners


1st Place: Aria Sanner

2nd Place: Levi Quillin

3rd to 4th Grade

1st Place: Carter Creighton

2nd Place: Kortlynn Miller

5th to 6th Grade

1st Place: Katie Armstrong

Auction and Recognition Program March 21, 2019 

Reservations due March 13, 2019 – The Norma Johnson Center will be having an Annual Meeting and Silent Auction on March 21, 2019 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 rigitoni, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, 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 13, 2019. Download the Annual Meeting reservation Form 2019 Annual Meeting Reservation.

Earth Day Clean Up

April 13, 2019 – 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 13, 2019 – 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 13, 2019 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 6, 2019 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.   

2019 Spring Plant Sale 
January 2019 through May 2019 – The Norma Johnson Center will be taking orders for the plant sale from now until May 2, 2019. 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 11, 2019 at the NJC’s Yellow Pole barn located on SR 39.  Click here to download the 2019 Plant Sale and BBQ Flyer 




Chicken Barbecue

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 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.  

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 https://campcanopy.com.

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.