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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

    It’s easy as one-two-three. Every year biologists and researchers count on “you” to help them determine the health of bird populations here in North America. Join us as we count birds and contribute to a worthy cause.

    Date: 2/13/2016
    Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSenior

    SNAKES ALIVE  Bring the family to Ernie Miller Nature Center on Sunday afternoons this winter for entertainment and educational experiences. Programs are presented by Park Naturalists, Park Police Officers and Volunteers. Presentations begin at 2 pm and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Ages 2 and under free

    Date: 2/14/2016
    Time: 2 p.m.

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    WILDLIFE WEBS  Bring the family to Ernie Miller Nature Center on Sunday afternoons this winter for entertainment and educational experiences. Programs are presented by Park Naturalists, Park Police Officers and Volunteers. Presentations begin at 2 pm and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Ages 2 and under free.

    Date: 2/21/2016
    Time: 2 p.m.

  • JuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FUN  Bring the family to Ernie Miller Nature Center on Sunday afternoons this winter for entertainment and educational experiences. Programs are presented by Park Naturalists, Park Police Officers and Volunteers. Presentations begin at 2 pm and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Ages 2 and under free.

    Date: 2/28/2016
    Time: 2 p.m.

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    Juliette Gordon Low loved adventure and nature and thought girls should go camping! She wanted girls to dream BIG!

    Date: 3/5/2016
    Time: 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​Come enjoy spring with a trip to Ernie Miller Nature Park.  Bring your troop to the nature center to view live animals and enjoy a program with a different topic each day

    Date: 3/14/2016
    Time: March 14-18 at 10:30 a.m.

  • 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. 

    Date: 4/23/2016
    Time: 2-4 p.m.

  • SeniorAmbassador

    Do you like to hike cross-country but fear losing your way? This beginner’s workshop introduces you to orienteering, a fun way of learning the basic skills for using a topographic map and a magnetic compass.

    Date: 4/30/2016
    Time: 9 a.m. - noon

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    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.  Don’t worry about the trolls as we search for pirate’s treasure

    Date: 5/7/2016
    Time: 10 a.m. - noon or 1 - 3 p.m.

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    Join us at the TimberRidge Adventure Center for the chance to see some of nature’s fireworks streak through the sky and get a personal tour of the August skies.

    Date: 8/12/2016
    Time: 10 p.m. - midnight