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


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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
*Closed for 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.

Camp Locations
• 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.

2016 Camp Download Forms

2016 Outdoor Discovery Camp Forms
2016 OutDoor Discovery Supply List, Policies & Contact Info
2016 Summer Tots/Summer Vacation Camp Forms
2016 Summer Tots/Summer Vacation Camp Parent Letter
Nature and Science Camp Refund Policy [30KB]

Birthday Parties
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 flyer.

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.

Picnic Shelter Amenities

  • 8 tables (1 accessible), seating for 64 persons
  • Grill not available
  • Shelter path is accessible (with assistance)
  • Electricity; no water available
  • Nearest restroom located in Nature Center facility
  • No playground
  • If difficulties arise, contact JCPRD Park Police.

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 Camp Guide

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.

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 weather related or
cancellations updates,
call (913) 764-7759.

To check for possible park
or trail closings please call
the 24-Hr Park Info Line
at (913) 312-8833.

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