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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.
  • BrownieJuniorCadette

    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. 

    Date: 9/9/2016
    Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm

  • JuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    ​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. Visit with Bridging the Gap, our co-sponsor, and see the beautiful wildflowers that attract the Monarchs

    Date: 9/17/2016
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    Katydids and crickets are singing in the trees and on the ground as night falls in the park.  Insects and other animals use light, sound, and movement to communicate to others around them.  Listen and learn about the marvelous ways animals talk to each other throughout the year.  Discover the wonders of the owls, frogs, and insects.

    Date: 9/23/2016
    Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJunior

     gg​There’s nothing scary about this enchanted forest. Enjoy a walk on the trail with the award-winning Nature Center staff.

    Date: 10/8/2016
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    Join us for a lunar astronomy program at Ernie Miller Nature Center as we observe the moon in this internationally coordinated event!

    Date: 10/8/2016
    Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm

  • JuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    As darkness falls, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago.

    Date: 10/22/2016
    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    Join us for this exciting annual fall event as 2,000 pounds of trout are stocked in Shawnee Mission Park Lake and 1,000 pounds are stocked at Kill Creek Park Lake. 

    Date: 10/26/2016
    Time: 2:30 & 3:45 pm

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    Want to hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

    Date: 11/19/2016
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am

  • DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador

    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.

    Date: 12/17/2016
    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 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)