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Ernie Miller Nature Center

Ernie Miller Nature Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life in Johnson County by providing high-quality parks, services, and recreation programs.

Address: 909 N Highway 7, Olathe, KS (Actual event locations vary)

Partner Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Johnson County, Kansas, by providing high-quality parks, services, and recreation programs. Check out Ernie Miller Nature Center's website for a full list of events!

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in these activities must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Ernie Miller Nature Center: Fishing Family Night

 All Levels 
Fri Aug 30, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 

Haunted Kansas

 Junior    Cadette    Senior    Ambassador
Sat Oct 19, 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Ernie Miller Nature Center: Whimsical Woods

 Daisy     Brownie    Junior
Sat Oct 05, 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
 

Ernie Miller Nature Center: Daisy & Brownie Badge Event

 Daisy     Brownie 
Sat Nov 02, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Badge Connections: Daisy Eco Learner, Daisy Buddy Camper, Brownie Eco Friend, Brownie Outdoor Adventurer
 

Ernie Miller Nature Center: Tellabration

 All Levels 
Sat Nov 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Ernie Miller Nature Center: Astronomy Starlight Hayride

 All Levels 
Tue Nov 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thurs Nov 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 

Ernie Miller Nature Center: Escape Room, Rescue the Animals

 All Levels 
Fri Nov 22, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sat Nov 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fri Dec 13, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sat Dec 14, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Winter Solstice Celebration

 All Levels 
Sat Dec 21, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM
 

YOU SCHEDULE IT EVENTS:

Nature Walks - Fall 

 All Levels 

Experience autumn’s beauty on a guided walk through the park. Our walks can be tailored for special interests and/or specific scout requirements.  

Cost: Rates below are for the group, not individual.

  • 1–10 people $32 JoCo resident/ $34 nonresident
  • 11-15 people $37 JoCo resident/ $40 nonresident

1 adult per group of 5. Based on availability.

Days/Times: September-November scheduled by appointment Tuesday -Thursday afternoons between 12pm – 4pm (last walk scheduled at 4pm). 45 minute session

Additional info: We recommend close toed shoes, a good sturdy tennis shoe is best. No sandals or flip flops. Wear bug spray/sunscreen and a hat. Bring a water bottle. The hike is only one hour. We ask that you use restrooms before we leave and do not carry any food or snacks with us along the trail. 

Registration & Questions: Call 913-764-7759 or visit jcprd.com

Partner Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Johnson County, Kansas, by providing high-quality parks, services, and recreation programs. Check out Ernie Miller Nature Center's website for a full list of events!


Archery: Clinic (Grades 3 & Older)  
 Junior     Cadette     Senior     Ambassador

Experience the challenging sport of archery at Ernie Miller Park. This clinic is designed to teach safety techniques and basic fundamentals of archery. Hands-on activities will allow children to develop their skills. Equipment is provided. Maximum 10 per group.

Date and Time: Scheduled by appointment September - November

Cost: For the group, not per person: One 60 min. clinic - $41/$45 nonresidents

Registration & Questions: Call 913-764-7759


Map and Compass Clinic (Grades 4 & Older)  

 Junior    Cadette    Senior    Ambassador 

Enjoy the fun and excitement of using a map and compass. Hone your survival skills learning the basic parts of a compass and map reading. Combine the two through games, and you should never get lost again.

Date and Time: Scheduled by appointment September-December

Cost: For the group, not per person: One 60 min. clinic - $38/$41 nonresidents. Maximum 15 per group.

Registration & Questions: Call 913-764-7759


Outdoor Skills: Survival Hike (Grades 1 & Older) 

 Brownie    Junior    Cadette

Do you have the “right stuff” to survive? Using the power of imagination and real physical challenges, participants will problem solve as they hike through the wilds of Ernie Miller Park.  Emphasis will be on teamwork, decision making, and staying safe outdoors. This activity can be tailored to groups, age, and experience level.

Date and Time: Scheduled by appointment September-December

Registration & Questions: Call 913-764-7759


Hayrides: Fall Groups 

 All Levels

Enjoy the outdoors by scheduling your group for a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or Heritage Park. Your hayride concludes with a warm campfire where marshmallows and apple cider await. Call now to reserve a date and time for your group. Hayrides are available during September, October, and November. Two weeks advance registration is required.

Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Sept. 21 - Nov. 24

Locations:

  • Oak Ridge at Shawnee Mission Park: 7 days/week
  • Heritage Park: Fri, Sat, & Sun

Cost Per Girl: $8; minimum fee $90 for fewer than 12 persons
Cost Per Adult: $8

How to Register: For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359. 

For more info contact the Nature Center at 913-826-2800.