Friends of the Johnson Nature Center
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.
The E. L. Johnson Nature Center will be the premier publicly-owned nature preserve in Oakland County, teaching its visitors and students that the decisions one makes today affect tomorrow’s ecological systems and that we must preserve and protect the flora, fauna and water quality of the area.
The Friends of the Johnson Nature Center supports the Center by providing:
- • learning opportunities through exhibits and programs for visitors to the Nature Center and for the members of the Friends
- • volunteers to help maintain the grounds of the Nature Center and to serve as docents in the Visitors Center
- • funds for exhibits and other needs of the Nature Center
The idea of a Friends group to support the E. L. 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.