Johnson Nature Center

2021 Summer Camps!

Registration for Junior Naturalist summer camps at the Johnson Nature Center will open on Monday March 1, at 9am. Registration instructions be be found here

Register my 6-7 year old camper

  • Forest Explorers Camp,
    July 19-23
  • Muddy Trekkers Camp,
    July 26-30

Register my 8-9 year old camper

  • Forest Explorers Camp,
    August 2-6

Each camp session takes place Monday - Friday, from 9am - 3:30pm. Tuition is $375. Dress to mess! Campers should bring a sack lunch and change of clothes each day. Email Michelle at with questions. 


Michigan Bloomfield Hills School Nature Center

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.

Deer at E.L. Johnson Nature Center at Bloomfield Hills Schools in MichiganThe 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. The Visitor Center is closed currently. 
  • The trails are open dawn to dusk daily except for holidays.