909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, KS
116 Acres, (913) 764-7759
Center Exhibit Gallery Grand Opening
May 14, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the Nature Center’s
new exhibit gallery. This interactive gallery titled “Our Changing
Landscape” features live animals, a water table, and hands-on
exhibits that tell the story of Ernie Miller Nature Park. The celebration
will feature wildlife presentations, roving naturalists, and refreshments.
Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held at 1 pm.
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, and year-round
interpretive programming for all ages presented by our award winning
Park Naturalists and Park Police. Programs offer experiences that
help to create awareness and respect for wildlife and habitat.
Ernie Miller Nature Center Hours
March 1 – October 31
Monday – Saturday 9:00
am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm
lunch 12 pm to 1 pm
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.
Come party with the animals at Ernie Miller Nature Center! We offer
four birthday party themes: Birthday Safari, Snake Celebration, Magical
Party and Enchanted Forest. All parties are for children ages five
to 11. Two party options are available and both include two hour room
rental, table and chairs. All parties are held on Saturdays. Please
call us at (913) 764-7759 for more information or see our birthday
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
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
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
2016 Outdoor Discovery Summer Camp Info
Located in the Summer
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,
fragrance free laundry soap; and dryer sheets.
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.