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


Tuscarawas County Bargain Hunter features the NJC 2021 Outdoor Sanity Series

Jan 22, 2021

Check out this weeks issue of the Tuscarawas County Bargain Hunter featuring the NJC’s 2021 Outdoor Sanity Series. The article also talks about our newly created Bird Viewing Area. Get outside and explore! Thanks to Scott Daniels for reporting current events at the NJC for the community. Bargain Hunter Article

2021 Outdoor Sanity Series

Jan 14, 2021

Check out our new 2021 Outdoor Sanity Series! Each month has its own theme, with instructions for hiking and other activities included. At the start of every month, we will post updates on our webpage and our Facebook about the available activities for each monthly theme.   As we venture into 2021 and COVID restrictions are […]

Trails are Open Even in the Snow!

Dec 16, 2020

Let it snow let it snow let it snow! I know it sounds a little crazy but I love snow. I love being outside when it snows and the aftermath. Maybe not on the roads but definitely in the woods. Growing up in Western Ohio we would get a lot of drifting snow which created […]

Pictures for a Purpose

Nov 12, 2020

UPDATE: Nov. 16, 2020 Registration is currently full. Any further registrations will be added to the waitlist. There is no guarantee that waitlisted registrants will receive a time slot. Thank you! *** Join us for “Pictures for a Purpose” at the Norma Johnson Center! Our fall fundraiser is a family photoshoot with three photographers at […]

Fall Fest

Sep 30, 2020

  Fall Fest Cancelled for 2020 We are sorry to announce that we will not be holding our annual Fall Fest event on October 10, 2020.  We do however invite you to continue to use the trails and the fishing ponds at the NJC.  The Center is open from dawn to dusk everyday of the […]

Interacting with Nature: Butterflies

Jul 14, 2020

  This week, we are learning about butterflies! Come out to our Pollinator trail between 10 and 12, Monday through Saturday, through July 19 to see this exhibit in person. The trail is open dawn-dusk through the 19, but will be staffed Monday-Saturday 10-12.

Interacting with Nature: Go Find It!

Jun 23, 2020

 This week, we are playing Go Find It, a scavenger game that is great for all ages!

Interacting with Nature Week 2: Pond Dipping

Jun 16, 2020

It’s week 2 of Interacting with Nature and we are going pond dipping! Join us as we explore the wetland for frogs, tadpoles, and macroinvertebrates!