A new family-oriented special event and an opportunity for youth to learn the sport of archery are both being offered at JCPRD’s TimberRidge Adventure Center
Programs include: the new Family Fun Time event for ages eight and older on June 3; and a Beginning Archery class for ages eight to 12 starting June 26.
TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. The TimberRidge entrance is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.
Family Fun Time
is designed to get families outdoors and having adventures in nature. Archery, BB guns, boating, and fishing are among the activities participants will rotate through at their own pace during this three-hour event. Adventurers may come and go or stay for the entire event. Participants must preregister for this event in advance, as no drop-ins will be allowed. Please leave pets at home.
Family Fun Time will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. The cost is $15 per person for Johnson County residents, or $17 per person for nonresidents. Another offering of this event is planned on July 15.
will cover safety, basic fundamentals, techniques, and equipment for this challenging outdoor sport. Participants in this coed class will have practice time to develop their skills. Equipment is provided.
This program will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 28. The cost for two 90-minute sessions is $34 per person for Johnson County residents or $37 per person for nonresidents. Beginning Archery will be offered again with classes on Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12.
For groups, TimberRidge offers by-appointment team building programs utilizing its challenge course. These include Challenge Course Programs
for ages 12 and older, and the new Amazing Challenge Program, which offers corporate and nonprofit rates. For more information, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.
Also during June, JCPRD’s Outdoor Education Department is offering two programs for ages 16 and older on Saturday, June 16. These include Adventure Park Quest
at Shawnee Mission Park, which aims to let adults reconnect with childhood pleasures like kayaking and hiking, and Creative Writing in Nature
at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, which will help would-be writers tap into the inspiration of nature with the opportunity to be published in the nature center’s Tracks newsletter.