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Nov 29

Four JCPRD nature-related programs launch new seasons in January

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 11:03 AM by Becky Burnside

January brings the start of a new season for several JCPRD nature-related programs.

These programs include: the popular Sunday Family Series, the free Coffee with the Birds program, as well as Animal Tales Storytime, and a late January special event at the Johnson County Museum, where participants can Meet the Animals of Kansas.

The Sunday Family Series involves eight educational and entertaining nature-related programs for all ages presented at the nature center on most Sunday afternoons during January and February. The programs begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes to an hour, and cost $3 per person for all participants over two years of age. January presentations include: “Weird Wonders of Wildlife” on Jan. 6; “Killer Beaks and Feet” on Jan. 13; “Snakes Alive” on Jan. 20; and “Kansas Symbols” on Jan. 27. The Sunday Family Series will continue in February with “Know Your Scat” on Feb. 3; “Ferrets in Kansas” on Feb. 10; “Furs and the Frontier” on Feb. 17; and “Wildlife Who’s Who” on Feb. 24.

Coffee with the Birds is a free eight-week program which invites adults 18 and older to come enjoy coffee, visiting with others, and winter birdwatching from the comfort of the Ernie Miller Nature Center’s comfy indoor wildlife viewing room. This program will take place between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26. No registration or reservations are required and participants can come and go as they please. 

Animal Tales Storytime is a series of ten sessions scheduled on two to three Wednesdays per month between Jan. 9 and April 17 at the nature center, and at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.  Designed for ages two to six accompanied by an adult, each program features stories, songs, surprises, and a chance to meet a special animal friend at each session. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. The cost is cost $2 per person, including adults, for each 30-minute session. Sessions at EMNC begin at 10:30 a.m., while sessions at JCAHC begin at 10 a.m.

Animal tales presentations at the Ernie Miller Nature Center include:  “Winter Wonders” on Jan. 9, “Squirrel’s Tale" on Jan. 23, “B is for Beaver” on Feb. 6, “Sparrows in the Trees” on Feb. 20, “Animal Babies” on March 6, “S is for Salamander” on March 20, “Busy Bugs” on April 3, and “Hello, Mother Nature” on April 17.  Sessions at JCAHC include “Kansas Wildlife” on Jan. 16, and “I Heart Owls” on Feb. 19. 

In addition, the final three sessions of the previous season of Animal Tales Storytime will take place during December. Two of these will take place at beginning at 10:30 a.m. at EMNC, including “Mrs. Claus Reads” on Dec. 5, and “A Visit with Santa” on Dec. 19. The remaining program is “Feathered Friends" beginning at 10 a.m. at JCAHC on Dec. 12.

Come celebrate all things Kansas during a statehood day celebration called Meet the Animals of Kansas at the Johnson County Museum on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The program is for all ages and will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. From sunflowers to tiger salamanders, participants will get chance to see some of the natural symbols of the state, and interact with hands-on items and live animals. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

The cost for this 45-minute drop-in program is the usual museum admission on $5 per person for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older, and children are $3. Admission is free for museum members. 

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which includes the Johnson County Museum, is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.