A new summer season of family-friendly nature-related programs in an outdoor setting is starting in early June at Ernie Miller Park.
Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater Programs begin June 1 and continue weekly through July 20. These educational and entertaining drop-in programs are presented by park naturalists and park police officers, last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages.
“I think the unique setting in the park is a great opportunity to be outdoors and learn something new,” said Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan. “It’s nice to listen to natural sounds, and you never know when a deer or another animal might wander by.”
This summer’s presentations include: Stories Under the Stars on June 1; Snakes Alive on June 8; Owls - Eyes of the Night on June 15; The Good, the Bad, and the Smelly on June 22; Animal Clues on July 6; Wildlife Webs on July 13; and Bats on July 20.
“The Bats program has been a favorite in the past, and since it wasn't on last year's schedule, that might prove popular this year after the break,” McGowan said. He also noted that Stories Under the Stars incorporates different stories each time it is presented.
Amphitheater programs typically draw 30 to 50 audience members. All programs begin at 7 p.m. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the nature center. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs, and children two and under are free. Preregistration is not required.
Ernie Miller Park
is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway in Olathe. Visitors can park at either parking lot and follow the path to the amphitheater, although the lot nearer to the nature center is recommended for those with accessibility needs. For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.