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Oct 29

Ernie Miller Nature Center offers animal-related programs for groups

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 11:51 AM by Becky Burnside

Eight outdoor education programs, most featuring live animals, are being offered for groups at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, or at your location in Kansas. 

Three of the programs are part of the Preschool Nature Awareness Series and are: Kids & Critters, Johnny Appleseed, and Let’s Talk Turkey. The other five live animal programs are for school-age participants and include: Wildlife Who's Who, Wildlife Webs, Snakes Alive, Birds of Prey, and Whooo Are The Owls. These programs are presented by JCPRD’s  outdoor education staff members. 


The preschool programs are for ages three to five and last approximately 30 minutes each. 

In Kids and Critters, participants will go on a Kansas safari, where they can themselves to a live bird, reptile, and mammal, while discovering the mystery of animals big and small.

The Johnny Appleseed program explains that Jonathan Chapman was a real American Hero! Groups can invite Johnny to tell about his travels and adventures. Stories, songs, and a special animal friend (usually a rabbit or a turtle) will delight participants. 

Participants in Let's Talk Turkey can celebrate Thanksgiving by hearing stories about real turkeys. There will be an opportunity to see a turkey egg and real turkey feathers, and students will go on a turkey food scavenger hunt and practice their turkey calls. No live animals are featured in this program.

Cost for presentation of any of these programs for your group at the Ernie Miller Nature Center for up to 20 people is $38 for Johnson County residents or $42 for nonresidents. At other Kansas locations, the cost is $53 for Johnson County residents or $58 for nonresidents for the first program, or $38 for residents and $42 for nonresidents for consecutive programs. 

The Live Animal Programs for school-age audiences each last approximately 45 minutes and can be presented at the Ernie Miller Nature Center or at another Kansas location. 

Birds of Prey is for grades four and older. This program will feature live examples of these majestic raptors. Participants will get a close-up look at the special adaptations that make birds of prey some of nature's best hunters. 

Snakes Alive is a live snake presentation in which participants will explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world. This program is for grades two and older.

Wildlife Who's Who is for grades four and older. Participants will meet native examples of an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal, and discover their similarities and differences. 

Wildlife Webs is for grades one through three. Participants will meet an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Learn about their interrelationship with food chains in Kansas environments. 

Whooo Are The Owls is also for grades one through three. Participants will discover the needs and life cycles of these unique animals. Students get a chance to examine wings, feathers, and talons; identify owls by real calls; and see an owl pellet. 

Owls - Eyes of the Night - NR

Cost for presentation of these programs for your group at the Ernie Miller Nature Center for one to 15 people is $40 for Johnson County residents or $44 for nonresidents. For 16 to 35 people, the cost is $47 for Johnson County residents or $51 for nonresidents. Cost for any presentation at your Kansas location for one to 35 people is $65 for Johnson County residents or $70 for nonresidents

EMNC’s live animal programs are available in Kansas only. For more information or to schedule any of these programs, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 826-2800.