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JCPRD’s Outdoor Education Department offers a variety of adult classes during April

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 1:03 PM by Becky Burnside

Adults can learn to make a rain barrel, take part in a variety of outdoor activities to awaken the mind and body, learn to sail, or learn to use a map and compass during separate programs being offered in April by JCPRD’s Outdoor Education Department. 

Programs include a Rain Barrel Workshop, Flowing with Nature, Sailing I, and an Orienteering Workshop. All four programs require advance registration.

The Rain Barrel Workshop is for ages 18 and older, and will take place beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 6, in Ernie Miller Park. Participants will construct their own rain barrel and learn how to hook it up when they get home. The cost for one one-hour session, including all materials, is $55 per person for Johnson County residents or $60 per person for nonresidents. The registration deadline for this program is April 3. For more information, call Park Naturalist Regina Wasson at (913) 826-2805. 

Flowing with Nature is for ages 16 and older, and will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at  the TimberRidge Adventure Center. Participants will enjoy the beauty of the natural world while exploring yoga, kayaking, hiking, and journaling. These activities are meant to help students relax, discover, and awaken their mind and body. Prior experience is not necessary and participants will choose their own level of activity. The cost for one three-and-one-half-hour session is $37 per person for Johnson County residents or $42 per person for nonresidents. For more information, call Senior Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait (913) 826-2804.

Sailing I is for ages 18 and older. Participants will learn basic skills, including types of boats, launching techniques, docking, maintenance, and safety. Basic swimming skills are required. This course consists of two indoor lecture sessions and four water sessions. The indoor sessions will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 25, at  the JCPRD Administration Building near the entrance to Shawnee Mission Park, while the water sessions will take place at 9 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays beginning April 27 at the Shawnee Mission Park Boat Ramp. The cost for a total of six two-hour sessions is $76 per person for Johnson County residents or $83 per person for nonresidents. If you wish to use your own boat, please call Officer Seth Salmans at (913) 826-3491.

The Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop is for ages 16 and older and children accompanied by a parent or guardian, and will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Although this is a beginner’s workshop, the program is designed for adults and older youth. Participants will learn the basic skills of using a topographic map and a magnetic compass from members of the Possum Trot Orienteering Club. The cost for this three-hour workshop is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 for nonresidents. 

Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway in Olathe. The TimberRidge Adventure Center is located adjacent to Kill Creek Park with a separate entrance at 12300 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park and the JCPRD Administration Building are located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.