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 Ernie Miller Nature Center

Ernie Miller Nature Center was the first Nature Center In Johnson County.  The Center provides an opportunity for learning, understanding, and admiring nature's ever-changing ways. It is the focal point of cultural historical, and environmental education programming offered to all ages by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The Center contains displays, live animals, and Nature's Corner Gift Shop, along with a friendly, knowledgeable staff eager to share their knowledge of nature.


Current partner programs are listed below. Click on the Program Name for additional information.
  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​Earth Day is an opportunity to tackle environmental awareness.   Meet Mother Nature with her animal friends, make a craft to take home, and learn about nature’s recyclers.  Attend a native plant program with a Master Naturalist. Explore the forests and prairies and discover how you can become green at heart. Help us celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.

    Date: 4/22/2017
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​If you have not seen TimberRidge Adventure Center yet, now is your chance! During our annual Open House, choose from several activities: canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, hiking, BB gun shooting, and archery.

    Date: 4/29/2017
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownie

    ​Celebrate the Magic of Nature as we discover the hidden world of the wee folk and friends, real and make believe. Follow the Pixie Path through the forest. 

    Date: 5/6/2017
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 - 3:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​Bring the family to the Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. The Amphitheater is an outdoor facility with seating for approximately 150 people. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center.

    Time: Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and July 7, 14 & 21, 7:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​Experience autumn’s beauty on a guided walk through the park. Our walks can be tailored for special interests and/or specific scout requirements. Walks can be scheduled during the week on early dismissal days or day your Girl Scouts are out of school.

    Date: VARIES
    Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons. Anytime between 12pm – 4pm (last walk scheduled at 4pm)

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​Come enjoy spring with a trip to Ernie Miller Nature Park.  Visitors are welcome to view the aquarium and hike the trails all week. Park staff will entertain guests with a special program each day. Every program will feature live animals.

    Time: Daily, March 13-17, 10:30 am