Looking for ways to get your child out in nature? Sign up for one of our amazing summer camps at Bloomfield Hills Schools E.L. Johnson Nature Center! 2 and 3 day camp offerings for 3 - 5 year olds, and week-long Junior Naturalist Camps for 6 - 9 year olds, will get your little one experiencing authentic outdoor learning. Nurture a love of nature that will last a lifetime! Check out this website for more information and to sign up today!
Johnson Nature Center
CURRENT PROGRAM OFFERINGS
FAMILY FRIENDLY FISHING EVENT
Join Nature Center staff and Trout Unlimited to enjoy fishing at our pond. You will need to pre-register to ensure space as this is a popular event! Dates: June 19, July 17, August 21.
Spring Field Trips - "Nature Detectives"
Find out what it’s like to explore the natural areas of Johnson Nature Center, detective-style. Join us as nature detectives to solve a seasonally-based mystery! We’ll embark on a guided hike with time for self-discovery and exploration. Pre-K-K ages.
2021 Summer Camps - Registration OPEN!
Join us in the forest! Camps at the Johnson Nature Center are an immersive, hands-on experience. Come ready to be curious and explore the 40 acres of natural habitat!
Forest Friends: Preschool Camps, ages 3-5
Choose a morning or afternoon session:
9am - 12noon or 1pm - 4pm
Junior Naturalist Camps, ages 6-9
Monday - Friday, 9am - 3:30pm.
- July 19-23: Forest Explorers
- July 26-30: Muddy Trekkers
- August 2-6: Forest Explorers
Email Michelle at email@example.com with questions.
Registration instructions be be found here.
The Johnson Nature Center is a beautifully natural, forty-acre site that offers visitors myriad visual pleasures and a plethora of learning opportunities.
It features a scenic, four-acre, inland pond that is home to an assortment of fish; a large variety of trees including stands of pine, hardwoods, and a sugar bush; and many native plants and wildflowers that decorate the rolling terrain left by prehistoric melting glaciers. A tributary of the Rouge River flows through the park-like area.
The grounds are crisscrossed with more than two miles of pleasant, wood-chipped, walking trails, and foster a safe habitat for a host of wildlife. Red fox, coyote, deer, mink, as well as a multiplicity of birds, amphibians, and reptiles have been observed. There are also special wildlife pens that contain orphaned deer and injured hawks and owls that can be observed up close.
The Visitor Center and classrooms, erected in 2006 with the funding assistance of generous grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, feature interactive educational exhibits and seasonal displays that provide a wealth of information. The facility, parking lot, and pathways are barrier free. The Visitor Center, log cabins, and an outdoor amphitheater provide areas for meetings, classes, and programs.
Visiting the authentic 1800's homestead is an interesting trip back in time, and a favorite for youngsters! Docks, boardwalks, bridges, trail signs, picnic tables, and benches enhance a visitor's experience. The Center provides a lovely setting for people of all ages and from many communities to observe wildlife, improve their physical fitness, learn, or simply enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
Feel free to walk our approximately 2.0 miles of nature trails and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Stop by to visit our resident deer, our red-tailed hawk and a great-horned owl. Be sure to relax by our pond where you may see some frogs or turtles!
E.L. Johnson Nature Center
3325 Franklin Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Nature Center Staff
Alan Jaros, Director
Jackie Doran, Program Specialist
Scheduling of programs and general questions
Brooke Larm, Education Specialist
Will Jaquinde, Operations Specialist
Cass Arsenault, Lead Naturalist
Guides / Naturalist
- Sandy Cohen
- Jody Harrington
- Joey Monticello
- Zach Mork
- Ali Posner
- Blanche Wicke
- Restrooms are available for our visitors during normal hours.
- Interpretative Center building will be open, starting April 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- The trails are open dawn to dusk daily except for holidays.