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


Support the NJC – Virtual Silent Auction Live March 1-12, 2021

Mar 01, 2021

Our mission To promote the conservation and preservation of natural resources through education, community outreach and personal experience. Silent Auction Purpose To raise money for the Norma Johnson Center to support our mission.  2021 projects that funds raised could  be used for, but not limited to, education, events, trail build, a new ATV, bird seed, […]

Feb 22, 2021

Use caution while snow is on the trails.  Since we are experiencing snow, rain, sleet, freezing and thawing temperatures the trail surface will be changing as well. Tips for the Trail With the winter weather offering our usual Ohio variety we are reminding trail users to use caution. Tips for Trail Use  Tell someone where […]

Support the Norma Johnson Center

Feb 17, 2021

  Stay tuned for information about our auction and the items that will be up to bid.   Annual Silent Auction    We will be hosting our annual silent auction virtually this year amid Covid-19 concerns. Our auction will feature donations from local businesses, artists, and restaurants! Auction items will be listed in a special album […]

Outdoor Sanity Series – February – Winter Hike

Feb 02, 2021

Outdoor Sanity Series February is Winter Hike Month.  Get outside and spend some time at the Norma Johnson Center. Welcome to the first month of activity for our 2021 Outdoor Sanity Series.  This month we are featuring Winter Hiking.  All of our trails are open dawn to dusk everyday of the year but during the […]

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 […]