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2018-19 - If you are seeking up to date information about the Norma Johnson Center go to our website at normajohnsoncenter.com or check out our Facebook page Norma Johnson Center.


2019 NJC Membership

October 2018 to September 2019 - The Norma Johnson Center memberships for 2018-19 are now available. Memberships can be sent to: Norma Johnson Center PO Box 1185 New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Membership Levels

  • Student: $10.00
  • Individual: $20.00
  • Family: $40.00
  • Corporate: $150.00
  • Oak: $250.00
  • Cherry: $500.00
  • Walnut: $1,000.00

  • Click here for the Membership and Donation Form

    2018-19 Calendar of Events

    2018-19 - 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.

    2018-19 Calendar of Events

    Trail Map

    2018 - 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 hope to see you soon!

    Click on the LINK below to view details

    Trail Map


    November 2017 - Enjoy our updated newsletter. 2017 November Newsletter Memberships are available now!

    2017 November Newsletter

    Home School Wednesdays

    Second 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 or even a local field trip. For more details and to get on our email list contact Marsha at 330.339.7976. Participants must register before each monthly program. Hope to see you there.

    NJC Fall Fest

    Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Bring the kids to the NJC Fall Fest for a family fun event for everyone. For this event we encourage a $5 per car fee to help with future events held at the NJC. 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. Activities will include: Pumpkin Painting, Scarecrow Making, Various crafts to make 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!

    2019 Winter Hike

    February 9, 2019 - Bring a freind a choose from 3 different walking trail at the NJC. Explore the winter wonderland from 10 to 12. Registration will be at the RR on Conservation Drive off of Old 39. Wear worm clothes and be prepared for the weather. Nature is alive and well in the forest during the colder months. Soup in the red barn from 10-12 Join us to find out who is scurrying about at the Norma Johnson Center.

    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 21, 2018 from 1-4. 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 5, 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 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 barbeque will be held at the Yellow Pole Barn located along State Route 39. PRESALE DINNERS AVAILABLE CALL THE OFFICE 330.339.7976

    2019 Summer Childrens Program - Interacting with Nature

    Tuesday's 10AM to Noon - Interacting with Nature classes on Tuesdays from 10-12 in the summer. We will meet at the Picnic Shelter on Conservation Drive. Programs are $3.00/person with a family maximum of $9.00. All Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Must register for all summer children programs by calling the office. 330.339.7976

    June 4. TBA

    June 11, Pond Dipping

    June 18,

    June 25, TBA

    July 19, TBA

    July 16, TBA

    July 23, TBA

    July 30, TBA

    2019 Summer Program Descriptions

    2019 Summer Childrens Program - Craft Days

    Thursday's 10AM to Noon - Crafting at the NJC classes on Thursdays from 10-12 in the summer. We will meet at the yellow pole barn located off of SR 39. Programs are $3.00/person with a family maximum of $9.00. All Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Must register for all summer children programs by calling the office. 330.339.7976

    June 6, TBA

    June 13, TBA

    June 20, Tie Dye

    June 27, TBA

    July 11, Butterfly Crafts

    July 18, TBA

    July 25, Concrete Stones

    August 1, TBA

    2019 Summer Program Descriptions

    Family Fishing Day

    June 22, 2019 from 9 to 12 - “Fishing Derby 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. This event is sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. 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 the public but all participants must register during the specified time listed above. Prizes will be awarded to children under the age of 18 throughout the day along with specific category winners being announced at 11:15. 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. 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, Marsha Freeland, at 330.339.7976 ext. 305 Monday through Friday 7:30-4.

    Rules and Liablity Release
    Family Fishing Day Rules

    Traveling Butterfly House

    July 11-21, 2019 - Have you ever wanted to stand in a place with butterflies fluttering around you? Explore the lifecycle of butterflies? Feed a butterfly? All this can happen when you come to the NJC the week of July 11-21st. Working with "All a Flutter" owner Fran LeMaster participants can enter a butterfly house and experience the world of butterflies. The exhibit will be open from 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. Join us for this truly amazing event.

Past Events

Creative Canvas

November 3, 2018 - Creative Canvas Class will be guided by Roxanne Bruce. We will be painting a one sided wood fence. Cost will be $40/person. Registration is a must. Please call the NJC office to reserve your spot. Snacks and drinks will be provided during the event. All checks received must be out to Roxanne Bruce.

Painting to be done
Norma Johnson Center Event page

NJC Santa's Workshop

November 3, 2018 - The Norma Johnson Center will be offering a Santa’s Workshop on November 3, 2018 at the Brandywine Center to the first 15 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Five to six 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 Marsha Freeland at 330.339.7976. Registration fee, contact number and child’s name must be received by October 26, 2018. Registrations and checks can be sent to Norma Johnson Center, Santa’s Workshop 85 East Iron Avenue Dover, OH 44622.

NJC Celebrate the Season and Luminary Trail Walk

December 1, 2018 - Join us in the red barn for our Celebrate the Season event from 3 to 7. The barn will be decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas spirit. Even Santa Claus will make a visit. Storytelling, hikes and crafts will fill this afternoon with fun filled family activities. 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. Our luminary trail walk. Join us from 5-7 to walk the lighted trail at the NJC. We need your help in making the luminaries. Check out the link below for more information about the luminary creations and help us make this event a success.

2018 Essay Contest

Deadline February 16, 2018 - The Norma Johnson Center is hosting an essay contest open to individuals in grades K-8. The top three winners in each category will be acknowledged at the NJC Annual Silent Auction and Recognition Program on March 8, 2018. See flyer for topics and guidelines. All entries must be marked or received by February 16, 2018. Winners will be announced on this website February 21, 2018

Click on the LINK below download the contest rules and regulations for more information about the contest.

2018 Essay Guidelines
NJC Contest and Rubric

Recogntion Banquet and Silent Auction

Reservations due March 1, 2018 - The Norma Johnson Center will be having an Annual Meeting and Silent Auction on March 8, 2018 at Union Hill United Methodist Church. 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. Dinner items will be announced. Dinners will be $15.00/adult and $7.00/child 5-12, under 4 free. Please send your RSVP and check to Norma Johnson Center 85 East Iron Avenue Dover, OH 44622 no later than March 1, 2018.

Click on the LINK below to view details

Conservation Camp

August 24, 2019 - A conservation Day Camp will be held at the Norma Johnson Center on August 24, 2019 from 8-3. Participants will experience fishing, archery, shotgun target shooting, and 2 other conservation topics. All activities are hands on with certified instructors. We are dedicated to informing, educating and involving North America's youth (ages 7 to 17) in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. Participants must register. Registration form can be downloaded see below. Call the office for more details. This event was made possible through a grant received from The Kimble Company and the ODNR Step Outside Grant.

2019 Registration Form
Emergency Medical Form

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