Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center
Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center
909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, KS
116 Acres, (913) 764-7759


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or cancellations of events at Ernie Miller Nature Center,
please call (913) 764-7759.

Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center, JCPRD's 116-acre park, consists of a diverse range of habitats such as tall grass prairie, upland meadows, bottomland forest and a beautiful stream to explore. It also provides live animal displays and a variety of exhibits as you discover more about the park’s wildlife and history.

The 116-acre park has been preserved in much of its natural state and features an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 80 persons, picnic shelter, three miles of nature trails, including a self-guided 1/4 mile accessible nature trail.

The EMNC also includes a gift shop for nature enthusiasts, year-round interpretive programming for all ages and is staffed by knowledgeable park naturalists and police of our Safety and Outdoor Education Division. Programs offer experiences that help to create awareness and respect for wildlife and habitat.

Ernie Miller Nature Center Hours
November 1st to March 31st
Sunday 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Monday to Saturday* 9 am to 4:30 pm
April 1st to October 31st
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday to Saturday* 9 am to 5:00 pm
*Closed for lunch 12 noon to 1 pm
June, July, August - Closed on Sunday

Nature & Science: Outdoor Discovery Camp (Ages 6-12)

10 - 1 week sessions:
$119 per child per week/ $128 nonresidents

Who knew learning about the outdoors could be so much fun? Your child will have plenty to discover with hikes, environmental games, nature crafts, and much more. To complement the weekly theme we will take a fun and educational field trip. Enriching stories will be told by our own storytellers. In addition, we will have specially-designed programs led by a Park Naturalist each week. We’ll have just enough time to cool off swimming, go boating, fishing and do archery weekly. For more details visit our on-line Outdoor Discovery Camp Page or view the full Summer Camp Guide edition.

• Ernie Miller Park Shelter (Ages 6-8) 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe
• Ernie Miller Park Shelter (Ages 9-12) 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe
• Shawnee Mission Park Shelter #12 (Ages 8-12) 7900 Renner Rd.

Camp Hours
7:30 am to 5:30 pm / scheduled activities 9 am and 4 pm.

Camp Download Forms

2015 Camp Personal Data & Health Forms (Note: Special instructions)
2015 Camp Policies and Supplies
2015 Auth Of Long-Term Emergency Medical Care
2015 Auth Of Short-Term Emergency Medical Care
2015 Ernie Miller Park Camp Schedule
2015 Shawnee Mission Park Camp Schedule

Ernie Miller Park Shelter
To ensure the use of a shelter, reservations are recommended. Ernie Miller Park is equipped with one multi-functional shelter available throughout the year for gatherings including weddings, graduations and birthdays. For details about all JCPRD shelters, including Ernie Miller Park, view our JCPRD Park Shelter Info. Chart. Patrons can reserve shelters by walk-in or by phone. For additional details visit our Reservation and Rentals page. To inquire or to reserve a shelter, visit our Registration Office or contact us Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at (913) 831-3359.
Note: During your event, please have a copy of your reservation form available.

Park Police and Park Safety

If safety issues arise, contact the JCPRD Park Police by calling (913) 782-0720.  If you're contacting the Park Police to resolve a conflict related to a shelter reservation, please be sure to have your copy of the reservation with you.

Educational Programs and Camps
Our knowledgeable staff present a variety of fun, educational programs for all ages. For more information about the center’s youth, preschool outreach, school programs and our Outdoor Discovery Camps call (913) 764-7759 or view our downloadable material below.

The Ernie Miller Park & Shawnee Mission Park
2015 Outdoor Discovery Summer Camp information
will be available in January 2015

Recent Ernie Miller Improvements and Amenities
A major expansion of EMNC has been completed and has added more than 5,800 square feet to the facility. New amenities include a multipurpose room, an exhibit room, a wildlife-viewing room facing the woods and a 500-gallon aquarium featuring native fish.

Donations for Animal Supplies Sought at EMNC
Individuals, families and groups wanting to make a difference are invited to consider contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

Items needed: black oil sunflower seed; white millet or safflower seed (no seed mixes, please); suet cakes; dried seed corn on the cob; LabDiet 5001 rodent food; pine bedding; bags of new clean cypress mulch; various sizes of clear Critter Keeper boxes with snap tops from pet stores; ferret snacks; bleach, laundry soap; and dryer sheets.

Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for a new experience? Have a skill or interest that you are willing to share? Want to learn a new skill? Presently, opportunities exist for people to be Nature Center volunteers. Adults are needed to deliver environmental programs, conduct nature walks, staff the Nature Center, and much more. You need not be an expert – training and support will be provided. For more information about volunteer opportunities, view our volunteer manual.

For more information about Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center visit

Download Forms
To view and download Ernie Miller Nature Center forms and other JCPRD downloadable forms, visit our PDF page by clicking on the Download Forms button below:

Park and Program Information
Latest Edition of EMNC Tracks Newsletter [830KB]
Preschool Nature Awareness Brochure [300KB]
EMNC Interpretive School Program [800KB]
Youth Outdoor Recreation Ed. Programs [285KB]
Nature and Science Camp Refund Policy [30KB]
Park Shelter Info Chart [30KB]
Living Memorial Program [195KB]
Birthday Party Flier [500KB]

Picnic Shelter
  • 8 tables (1 accessible), seating for 64 persons
  • Grill not available
  • Path from shelter to Nature Center is handicapped accessible with assistance
  • Electricity; no water available
  • Nearest restroom located in Nature Center facility
  • No playground
  • If difficulties arise, contact a JCPRD Park Police.
  • To check for possible park or trail
    closings please call the 24-Hour Park Information Line at (913) 312-8833.

    "This is quite simply the best program we've participated in during my 26 years of teaching! (Heritage History Lab)"
    Indian Valley Elementary

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