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Ernie Miller Nature Center

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Where: All events take place at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N Highway 7, Olathe, KS 66061

Who: All ages are welcome at all of the events listed below.

To register for all events: Call (913) 764-7759 or email cindy.lawrence@jocogov.org.

For questions on any event: Call (913) 764-7759.

Additional Information: Ernie Miller Nature Center offers a variety of programs for all ages. Below are highlights of a few of their Special Events. Check out their website for all of their offerings.  They have programs you can schedule by appointment like nature walks, archery clinics, wildlife programs and more. Many of their programs might meet requirements for various Girl Scout badges.


Program Name: Spring Fling Fun

When: March 17 – 21, 10:00–10:45am and 2:00-2:45 pm

What: Come enjoy spring with us!  Girl Scouts are welcome to join other guests and view the aquarium and hike the trails all week. Park staff will entertain girls with a special program each day. Every program will feature live animals.

  • Monday - Kool Kansas Kritters: Kick off spring break with our animals from the sunflower state!
  • Tuesday - Weird Animal Tricks: Learn about some amazing animal antics.
  • Wednesday- Whose Scat is That? Learn to ID our local critters by what they leave behind.  
  • Thursday- Monster Quest: Bigfoot. Chupacabra. Mysterious stories of legendary creatures.
  •  Friday- Birds of a Feather: Discover the wild and rescued birds of the Nature Park.

Cost Per Girl: $3.00 per person, paid at site.

Cost Per Adult: $3.00 per adult, paid at site. 


Program Name: Earth EnVi Art

When: Saturday, April 19, 2:00-4:00 pm

What: Inviting all artists to participate in an environmental outdoor art project.   Come celebrate Earth Day and express your artistic nature by creating an ephemeral (“existing briefly”) art creation.  We will discuss and appreciate the many ephemeral experiences in nature, rainbows, birds in flight and animal migrations.  We will then visit the forest to discover and create a natural project, using only eco-friendly supplies for inspiration. 

Cost Per Girl: $3.00 per girl, paid at site.

Cost Per Adult: $3.00 per adult, paid at site.

How to register: Call (913) 764-7759 or email cindy.lawrence@jocogov.org.


Program Name: TimberRidge Adventure Center

When: Open house on April 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What: 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. Participants need to be eight years or older for the BB gun and archery range activities. All ages are welcome to participate in the Family Fun Treasure Hunt from 11 am - 2 pm. Catch and release fishing is also available, however participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license. Licenses will not be sold on site. Cops n’ Bobbers will be on site with poles and bait available for use or you may bring your own.

Cost Per Girl: Free 

Cost Per Adult: Free


Program Name: Juliette’s Dream

When: Saturday, March 29, 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm

What: Juliette Gordon Low loved adventure, nature and thought girls should go camping! She wanted girls to dream BIG! Celebrate 102 years of Girl Scouts with a salute to the founder with an original presentation honoring her life.  Juliette’s dream was to build bridges of understanding to promote world peace and international friendship!  Her heart’s desire was for girls to have opportunities to develop courage, confidence and to make new friends. Join us for a special appearance of Juliette herself as she describes her childhood favorites and inspirations.

Cost Per Girl: $5.00 per girl, paid at site.

Cost Per Adult: $5.00 per girl, paid at site.

Additional Information: Reservations are required for this event. One to five ratio of adults to children required.


Program Name: Nature & Outdoors – Amphitheater Programs

When: Friday nights in June and July

What: 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.

OWLS: EYES OF THE NIGHT (June 6) - Great Horned, Barred, and Screech owls make Ernie Miller Park their home. Meet three live owls as we discover more about these creatures of the night.

WILDLIFE WEBS (June 13) - Untangle the web of Kansas Wildlife as you discover food chains from the forest, pond and prairie. These foods chains will come alive as you meet and learn about a member of each food chain. What do these animals eat and who eats them?

BATS! (June 20) - Explore the dark and mysterious world of Kansas Bats. Enjoy a summer evening learning about these amazing and misunderstood flying mammals. Discover how we benefit from them and how we can help protect them.

STORIES UNDER THE STARS (June 27) - Enjoy old-fashioned family fun with stories and music. Join our park staff as we share stories of animal encounters, mysterious legends, and tales to tickle your funny bone. All ages are welcome to experience in the wonder and magic of storytelling.

HOWDY SHERIFF! (July 11) - Take a step back in history and meet a Deputy Sheriff from the old west. Learn about law enforcement in the 1870’s as well as what it means to be a deputy. Once you get yer learnin’ done with, the deputy will put you through the paces and make you an “official” deputy! Afterwards meet the real Johnson County Park Police Officer who explains what it means to be a police officer in modern times.

MASTERS OF DARKNESS (July 18) - Learn how the human body adapts to the coming of night as the five senses change to enhance the world around you. Discover the mad skills nocturnal animals have that make them masters of darkness. See one particular master up close and make connections with body morphology and behavior as dusk comes to the forest floor.

Snakes Alive (July 25) - Why is it that these creatures seem so terrifying? Could all the stories you have heard about snakes be true? See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world.

Cost Per Girl: $3.00 per girl, paid at site.

Cost Per Adult: $3.00 per girl, paid at site.

Additional Information: Call (913) 764-7759. Each program is approximately 45 min to one hour in length and begins at 7 pm.


Program Name:Enchanted Forest Fairy Fest

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00am – noon or 1:00pm-3:00pm

What: Celebrate Spring with the wonders of the forest, real and make-believe. Discover the hidden world of the wee folk and their friends-birds returning from migration and animals waking from hibernation. May apples are in bloom and the fairies gather where the woodland wildflowers grow. Follow the Pixie Path and design a fairy house in the forest. Wear your wings and make a wand for the Fairy Parade. Park guests can visit the activity stations at their leisure. The Fairy Queen will tell stories of magic, and mischief with an all new puppet show with Mother Nature! Live animals, music and a trip through the Wish Tree make this an enchanted day to remember! Reservations are required. In case of inclement weather, program will be held indoors.

Cost Per Girl: $5

Cost Per Adult: $5

Additional Information: Reservations are required for this event. This program is geared for Daisy’s and Brownies.