Scouting or other organized groups looking for educational and fun outdoor activities this fall can take advantage of group programs offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Arranged by appointment, the JCPRD Outdoor Education staff is offering the following programs: Map and Compass Clinic, Autumn Nature Walks, Archery Clinic, and an Outdoor Skills Survival Hike.
All programs take place at Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.
Map and Compass Clinic - Children ages ten to 14 will learn the basics of a compass and reading a map. These skills will be combined through games. The cost for one 60-minute session for up to 10 people at Ernie Miller Park is $41 for Johnson County residents or $45 for nonresidents.
Autumn Nature Walks - This program is for ages six through 14 and will allow participants to experience autumn's beauty during a guided walk through Ernie Miller Park. Walks can be tailored for special interests and/or specific scout requirements. Walks last about one hour. The cost for one to 10 people is $35 for Johnson County residents or $38 for nonresidents, and the cost for 11 to 15 people is $40 for Johnson County residents or $44 for nonresidents. Autumn nature walks are popular, so call today.
Archery Clinic - This program is for grades three and older and will cover safety techniques and basic fundamentals of archery. All equipment is provided, and clinics last about an hour. The cost for one to 10 people is $41 for Johnson County residents or $45.
Outdoor Skills Survival Hike - Designed for ages six and older, participants will problem solve as they hike through the wilderness of Ernie Miller Park. Emphasis will be on map reading, teamwork, decision making, and staying safe outdoors. This activity can be tailored to groups, age, and experience level. The cost for one one-hour session for up to 15 people is $41 for Johnson County residents or $45 for nonresidents.
For more information or to schedule a program, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 826-2800.