Friends of the Johnson Nature Center is an independent non-profit organization formed in 2006 to help maintain and improve the Nature Center and to ensure that it continues to offer area residents an opportunity to enjoy nature. Membership in the Friends is open to everyone.


We envision a place where all people experience connectedness with nature in a healthy native Michigan ecosystem, and are inspired to respectfully care for our planet.


Friends of the Johnson Nature Center supports the mission of the Johnson Nature Center through ecological conservation, community outreach, volunteerism, and fundraising.


The idea of a Friends group to support the Johnson Nature Center bloomed when the Bloomfield Hills School Board was deciding to build a badly needed new Visitors Center in 2005.  The group was incorporated that fall and began operating in early 2006.  In our first year, 2006-07, we enrolled eighty-nine members and received contributions from eighty-five individuals and groups.  In October, 2006 we were honored when the PTO Council chose the Friends and the Nature Center as their focus on Make a Difference Day--an effort that raised nearly $2,400 plus many students contributed their time that day to do a variety of tasks around the Nature Center, like clearing brush, planting a butterfly garden and cleaning and straightening up the Log Cabin and its storage shed.  Since then, we have raised money for exhibits and an outdoor seating area at the Visitors Center and have hosted the annual, and extremely popular, Family Fun Day for the public.


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