Established in 1990, the Norma Johnson Center consists of 303 acres of land with three different trails in east central Ohio. Ownership of the land is divided between the Tuscarawas County Commissioners Office and the Tuscarawas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and it is overseen by the Norma Johnson Center Board Foundation. 

This nature center is open from dawn until dusk every day. While we are a membership supported organization, entry is free and open to the public. 



Our three main trails are open to the public year round, from dawn until dusk. The Johnson Loop is off Hidden Hollow Lane. Most of our programs occur in the Conservation Loop, off Conservation Drive, near the red barn. The Preservation Loop which begins by the yellow pole barn, is across from the Newpointe Church.


News and Upcoming Events


DIY Litter Pick-up

Apr 16, 2020

As the weather gets warmer, more people will be coming to enjoy the center. However, our traditional litter picker cannot occur due to social distancing restrictions. Instead, if you are interested in helping to leave the trails better than how you found them, bring along a bag on your next visit. If you see any […]

Turkey Vulture!

Apr 01, 2020

  Turkey Vulture! We ask that you continue to use the trails at the Norma Johnson Center. We are amazed by how many of you have continued to come out to the trails and the fishing ponds. We would like to remind everyone continue to practice social distancing. A friend of mine shared this picture […]

A New Norm for Now

Mar 27, 2020

“Start by doing what is necessary then what is  possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis A New Norm for Now This week has been crazy for everyone.  Our norms have been changed without our consent.  Everyone is trying their hardest to find normalcy at home with their spouses, children and work.  […]

Mar 19, 2020

  The Norma Johnson Center trails are open to the public dawn to dusk.  Dogs are welcome too but MUST be kept on a leash.  If seen off the leash the pet owner will be asked to leave.  Please be considerate of all users of the trails. Trails Open   We will be following our […]

Mar 16, 2020

  Public Announcement March 16, 2020 At this time the trails at the Norma Johnson Center are still open dawn to dusk every day. The restrooms are still closed. As for the future, we will follow the guidelines that are set forth by our county, our governor and our President.   Our office hours have changed: […]

Calling all photographers!

Mar 11, 2020

One feature of Food Truck Friday will be a photo slideshow. If you are interested in having your photos of the Norma Johnson Center displayed at this event, please Facebook message or email them to us at info at normajohnsoncenter.com.

Food Truck Friday and Open House

Mar 02, 2020

  Join us on Friday, April 17 at our first inaugural Food Truck Friday and Open House from 4-9 pm.   This open house event will feature food trucks from Miller’s Creamery, 3 Lil Piggies BBQ, and Bahler Street Pizza, as well as live music from Elizabeth White and Levi Jameson. Event admission and parking is […]

Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

Mar 02, 2020

Our annual dinner occurred on February 27 at the Union Hill Methodist Church.  Through the event, we were able to raise over $1300 for the Norma Johnson Center. Check out some photos from the silent auction and presentations above. Kortlynn Miller won the essay contest and read hers to the room. We heard about the […]