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Ernie Miller Nature Center

Fo all programming below:

Who:  All Grade Levels – unless where noted.

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

Questions:  Cindy Lawrence at (913) 764-7759


Program Name:  History – Laura’s Legacy

Who:  Daisies - Cadettes

When: February 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

What:  Celebrate the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, early Kansas pioneer.  Participants will make a rag doll, experience lessons from 1800’s school, and hear music from the time period. Laura will tell favorite stories from her childhood long ago. Participants are invited to wear pioneer clothing. Refreshments will be served.

Cost Per Girl: $7 residents/ $8 nonresidents

Cost Per Adult: $7 residents/ $8 nonresidents

How to register:  www.jcprd.com or call (913) 831-3355, reference # 26371

Additional Information: Earns the JCPRD U Intellectual Credit

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Program Name:  History – Daring American Women

When: March 28, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

What:  March is Women’s History Month.  Let’s celebrate the rich past of American women and girls. Bring your favorite doll and yourself dressed in your favorite fashion from American history.  Hear of trials and triumphs from women throughout the centuries. See the fashions of girls during Native American, Revolutionary, Pioneer, Civil War periods and more.   Have tea with your doll and your fellow American women. 

Cost Per Girl: $7 residents/ $8 nonresidents

Cost Per Adult: $7 residents/ $8 nonresidents

How to register:  www.jcprd.com or call (913) 831-3355, reference # 26366

Additional Information: Earns the JCPRD U Intellectual Credit

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Program Name:  Birds: Great Backyard Bird Count

When: February 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What:  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. Spend just 15 minutes or stay to help with the bird count and you may see Northern Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees, and many more feathered friends. Learn about the birds that spend winters in Northeast Kansas from experienced birders from Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City.

Cost Per Girl: N/A

Cost Per Adult: N/A

How to register:  No registration, just drop in.

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Program Name:  Storytelling: Story Swap

When: January 14, February 11 and March 11 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

What:  Would you like to learn and practice the art of storytelling? To inspire, to entertain, and to empower! Not only do people need to tell stories, but they also need to listen to stories of the others. Everyone has a story to tell! We invite you to join us and share a story at the nature center. This is an informal family friendly time to tell a tall tale, folk tale or story. Listeners are as welcome as tellers.

Cost Per Girl: $5 residents/ $6 nonresidents

Cost Per Adult: $5 residents/ $6 nonresidents

How to register:  www.jcprd.com or call (913) 831-3355; Jan 14 #26458, Feb 11 #26459, March 11 #26460

Additional Information: Earns the JCPRD U Intellectual Credit

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Program Name:  Spring Fling Fun!

When: Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. daily.

What: 

  • Monday: Animal Clues - Kick off spring break by solving animal mysteries
  • Tuesday: Celtic Heritage - Hear stories and legends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  • Wednesday: Predators in the Sky - Learn all about hawks and owls
  • Thursday: Surprising Snakes - Fascinating or feared? Come see snakes live and up close
  • Friday: Wildlife Adventures - Discover the wild animals that live at Ernie Miller Nature Park.

Cost Per Girl: $3

Cost Per Adult: $3

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

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Program Name:  Sunday Family Series Wildlife Programs

When: Sundays in January and February from 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

What:  See full descriptions of programs on our calendar at http://www.erniemiller.com/calanderpage.html

  • Archeology Dig: January 25
  • The Good, The Bad and The Smelly: February 1
  • Wildlife Who’s Who: February 8
  • Howdy Sheriff!: February 15
  • Kansas Rocks! Under the Island Sea: February 22

Cost Per Girl: $3

Cost Per Adult: $3

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

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Program Name:  Map & Compass: Orienteering Workshop

Who:  Cadettes - Ambassadors; 16 and younger must be accompanied by paying parent or guardian

When: April 25 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.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.

Cost Per Girl: $15 residents/ $17 nonresidents

Cost Per Adult: $15 residents/ $17 nonresidents

How to register:  www.jcprd.com or call (913) 831-3355, reference #26566

Additional Information: Earns the JCPRD U Intellectual Credit

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Program Name:  TimberRidge Adventure Center Open House

When: April 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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, archery and hiking. Participate in the Family Fun Treasure Hunt from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Catch and release fishing also available, however participants age 16 and older are required to have 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. Girl Scouts can also participate between 10 – 2 p.m. “hands only CPR” as well! Visit and see all the programs and amenities that TimberRidge has to offer.  

Cost Per Girl: N/A

Cost Per Adult: N/A