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Organization Name:   Ernie Miller Nature Center

Who: All Grade Levels – unless otherwise noted.

Where:  Ernie Miller Nature Center located at 909 N Highway 7, Olathe, KS 66061

Questions: Please call Cindy Lawrence at (913) 764-7759.


Program Name:  Astronomy: International Observe the Moon Night

When: Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

What:  Join us for a lunar astronomy program at Ernie Miller Nature Center as we observe the moon in this internationally coordinated event! Observe the moon through a telescope, learn about lunar phases, and make impact craters and your very own moon journal, and more! You may also bring your own binoculars, blanket, or chairs. Check out the International Observe the Moon Night website at: www.observethemoonnight.org

Cost Per Girl: $7 residents/ $8 nonresidents

Cost Per Adult: $7 residents/ $8 nonresidents

How to register:  Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355. Reference # 29788

Additional Information: Earns JCPRD U Environmental credit (we can only track the credits if you register individually, not as a group).
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Program Name:  Celebration: Ernie Miller Nature Center’s 30th Birthday

When: Saturday, November 21 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What:  Bring the family or Girl Scout troop and help us celebrate the Nature Center’s 30th birthday! For years this has been a place for the young and young-at-heart to make memories, enjoy nature and have fun. Visit different stations for stories, animal presentations, crafts and more.  

Cost Per Girl: N/A

Cost Per Adult: N/A

How to register:  No registration required.

Additional Information: Call (913) 764-7759 for more information.
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Program Name:  Halloween: Whimsical Woods

Who: Daisy - Brownie

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015

What:  There’s nothing scary about this enchanted forest. Enjoy a walk on the trail with the award-winning Nature Center staff. Costumed storybook characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. Meet with the Good Fairy and Forest Friends. Live animals, stories, songs, and surprises will highlight childhood favorites. Reservations are required. Group sessions begin every 15 minutes with program length approximately 1½ hours. In case of inclement weather, program will be held indoors. Advance registration required. Note reference numbers below.

29808 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    1 p.m.
29812 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    1:15 p.m.
29813 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    1:30 p.m.
29814 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    1:45 p.m.
29815 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    2 p.m.
29816 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    2:15 p.m.
29817 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    2:30 p.m.
29818 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    2:45 p.m.
29819 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    3 p.m.
29820 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    3:15 p.m.
29821 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    3:30 p.m.
29822 Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/10    Sat    3:45 p.m.

Cost Per Girl: $5 per person, paid in advance. $7 per person, on site, day of event.

Cost Per Adult: $5 per person, paid in advance. $7 per person, on site, day of event.

How to register:  Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355.  Reference the bar code next to the time slot you prefer. For group reservations call Cindy at the Nature Center, (913) 764-7759.

Additional information: Recommended for ages 11 and under and must be accompanied by guardian/group leaders per 5 children.
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Program Name:  Seasonal Event: Winter Solstice

When: Saturday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m.

What:  Take a break from the busy holiday festivities as we walk through the woods, along little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter’s quiet time. The trails will be lit by luminaries. Warm up by the fireside and listen to star stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Gather round for campfire treats of toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Please note: Portions of this program will be outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Advance reservations recommended.

Cost Per Girl: $6 per person, paid in advance. $8 per person, on site, day of event.

Cost Per Adult: $6 per person, paid in advance. $8 per person, on site, day of event.

How to register:  Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355. Reference #29930 Group registrations welcome!

Additional Information: Earns the JCPRD U Intellectual Credit (we can only track credits if you register individually and not as a group)
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Program Name:  Storytelling: Tellabration 2015

When: Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m.

What:  Want to hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Hear nature stories with live animals. These stories will combine themes of environmental awareness and ancient myths. They will delight audiences of all ages. Reservations preferred but not required. For more information call (913) 764-7759.

Cost Per Girl: $3 per person, paid at site.

Cost Per Adult: $3 per person, paid at site.

How to register:  No pre-registration required, drop in and pay at site.

Additional Information: Earns JCPRD U Social credit (we can only track credits if you register individually and not in a group)
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Program Name:  Halloween: Haunted Kansas

Who: Brownie, Junior Recommended for Ages 8 & Older

When: Saturday, October 17 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

What:  As darkness falls, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago. Characters from the past will share legends around the campfire. Expect a shiver down the spine and a mild case of goose bumps for those who dare enter the forest on this autumn evening. Group sessions begin every 15 minutes and program is approximately 1.5 hours. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately. For more information, call (913) 764-7759. Advance registration is required. In case of inclement weather, program will be held indoors.
30086 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat     6:30 p.m.
30087 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat     6:45 p.m.
30088 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat     7 p.m.
30089 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat     7:15 p.m.
30090 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat     7:30 p.m.
30091 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat     7:45 p.m.
30092 Ernie Miller Nature Center 10/17        Sat      8 p.m.

Cost Per Girl: $5 per person, paid in advance. $7 per person, on site, day of event.
   
Cost Per Adult: $5 per person, paid in advance. $7 per person, on site, day of event.

How to register:  Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355. Reference the bar code next to the time slot you prefer. For group reservations call Cindy at the Nature Center, (913) 764-7759.
   
Additional Information: Earns JCPRD U Physical credit. (We can only track credits if you register individually and not as a group)
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Program Name:  Flight of the Monarch

When: Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m.

What:  Celebrate the Monarch butterfly’s amazing annual migration. Join us in capturing, tagging, and releasing them to continue their journey to Mexico. Learn about these amazing insects and other native butterflies. See the beautiful wildflowers that attract them. For reservations and more information call (913) 764-7759. Advance reservation required. Registration for this event closes on Sept. 15.

Cost Per Girl: $5 per person, paid in advance. $7 per person, on site, day of event.

Cost Per Adult: $5 per person, paid in advance. $7 per person, on site, day of event.

How to register:  Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355. Reference #30100

Additional Information: Program is 2 hours, 10am – noon. Recommended for ages 8 and older and all children must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian or one adult chaperone per group of 5.
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Program Name:  Moths in the Moonlight

Who: Brownie - Ambassador

When: Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.

What:  Like a moth to a flame, be drawn into the secret lives of these fascinating insects.  We have all seen moths flying around our porch lights.  Why do they do that?  Come and learn about their lifecycle and the differences between butterflies and moths.   Using black lights, we will attract live moths and other insects and we will play interactive games.  For more information and reservations, call (913) 764-7759.  Advance reservations are required for this event. 1 - 1½ hr. event.

Cost Per Girl: $3.50 per person, paid at site.

Cost Per Adult: $3.50 per person, paid at site.

How to register: Call the Nature Center so we know your group is coming. No pre-payment. You pay at site, day of event. (913) 764-7759.
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Program Name:  Map & Compass: Orienteering Workshop

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors

When: Saturday, October 17 at 9 a.m.

What: 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. This class includes a practice orienteering hike in the park.  Workbook and loan of compass are provided. Dress for the weather.  Instructor:  Possum Trot Orienteering Club. Class is 3 hours: 9am- noon.
 
Cost Per Girl: $15 Johnson County resident/ $17 nonresidents

Cost Per Adult: $15 Johnson County resident/ $17 nonresidents

How to register: Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355. Reference #30180
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Program Name:  Green at Heart Yoga

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors (ages 16 & older)

When: Tuesday’s at 6 p.m. from September 8 through October 27, 2015

What: This is yoga for anybody. Have you been curious about yoga but afraid of not measuring up? Would you like to feel more relaxed and peaceful?  Come try Yoga at the Nature Center. You will learn and practice a variety of poses to stretch and strengthen your muscles, lubricate your joints, challenge your balance, and promote mental concentration. This class will focus on gentle stretching, serenity and rejuvenation and will be tailored to individual abilities. Please bring mat to class. For more information call (913)764-7759. Moderate Intensity.
 
Cost Per Girl: 8 – 90 minute sessions: $56 Johnson County resident/ $62 nonresident

Cost Per Adult: 8 – 80 minute sessions: $56 Johnson County resident/ $62 nonresident

How to register: Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355.  Reference #30179
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Program Name:  Yoga: Green at Heart Hike

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors (ages 16 & older)

When: Saturday, September 12 at 8:30 a.m.; or Saturday, October 31 at 8:30 a.m.

What: Experience the power of a walk in nature fused with the awareness of yoga to stretch and renew your mind, body, and spirit. Come workout in the beauty of the natural world, stimulate your senses, and reap the benefits of hiking combined with the centering relaxation of yoga.

For all levels, led by certified yoga instructor, Robin Olson, RYT 200 and Park Naturalist, Molly Postlewait. In case of inclement weather, activities will be inside the Ernie Miller Nature Center. 1 - 1½ hr. session 
30159    Ernie Miller Nature Center    9/12    Sat    8:30 a.m.
30160    Ernie Miller Nature Center    10/31    Sat    8:30 a.m.
 
Cost Per Girl: $8 Johnson County resident/ $9 non residents

Cost Per Adult: $8 Johnson County resident/ $9 non residents

How to register: Visit our website or call (913) 831-3355. Reference #30159 for the 9/12 8:30 hike or #30160 for the 10/30 8:30 am hike.