Established in 1990, the Norma Johnson Center consists of 303 acres of land with three different trails in east central Ohio.  The Tuscarawas County Commissioners  own the entire Norma Johnson Center property.  

The nature trails are open from dawn until dusk every day. 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 New Pointe Church.


News and Upcoming Events


Winter Hike February 10, 2024

Feb 06, 2024

“It is always amazing to explore the trails during the winter months,” says Marsha Freeland. “The forest is still very active at this time of year.” Join us! Dover−TuscParks will be hosting a Winter Hike at the Norma Johnson Center on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This free event has been funded […]

Luminary Walk

Nov 09, 2023

Luminary Walk TuscParks will be hosting the “Luminary Trail Walk” at the Norma Johnson Center on Saturday December 2, 2023 from 5:00-7:30 PM.  The luminary trail walk will begin at the Preservation Loop Kiosk next to the yellow pole barn located along SR 39.  The lit trail will be a quarter mile in length. Visitors […]

Sponsor a Bench at the NJC

Oct 27, 2023

sponsor a bench to Support the NJC NJCC Foundation Board Bench Fundraiser The Norma Johnson Conservation Center Foundation (NJCCF) is offering a unique opportunity to honor a special person or organization with a commemorative bench. These benches will allow visitors to sit and enjoy the beauty of NJC while funds raised assist the NJC Foundation […]

October 7 – Fall Fest – Noon to 5PM

Aug 29, 2023

Fall FEst, October 7, Noon to 5PM The Fall Fest is a family friendly event that TuscParks offers at the Norma Johnson Center. This event will be held October 7, 2023 from Noon to 5PM. A donation of $5/car will be taken at the entrance. Activities listed below are free during this event: pumpkin painting, […]

Upcoming Homeschool Wednesday Dates 2023-24 school year

Aug 23, 2023

Dates Second Wednesday of the Month Fall Hike, NJC October 11, 9-11AM Hike, Fort Laurens, Nov. 8, 9-11AM December/January no programming Winter Hike, NJC, Feb. 14, 9-11AM March 13, program TBA, 9-11AM April 10, Canal Lands Park, 9-11AM Spring Hike, May 8, NJC, 9-11AM 2023-24 Homeschool Wednesday  join our staff and other homeschooling families as […]

Fall Walkabouts New to 2023 schedule

Aug 23, 2023

New: Fall Walkabout dates Fall Walkabout dates for 2023 have been added.  TuscParks is excited to offer Fall hikes for those interested in hiking in a group along the trails.  The type and length of the hike will be dependent upon those who are in attendance.  Hiking sticks are optional.  Please note date, time and […]

Hanging Around in Nature

Jul 31, 2023

Hanging Around in Nature August 28 from 9 to 11AM Norma Johnson Center 4033 SR 39 NW  Dover, OH Come join our staff and enjoy nature while hanging around in your hammock. Join staff as we relax and take in nature  Park at the yellow pole barn.  We will be setting up hammocks in the […]

Summer Walkabout

Jul 31, 2023

tuscparks summer walkabouts Join staff as we explore the different trails of TuscParks.  This activity also invites those who have never hiked the trails a chance to go with a staff person so they would feel comfortable in returning.  AUG. 16   8:30 – 10:30am 8645 Dover-Zoar rd.  dover, OH canal lands Park Meet at […]