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Fall Fun Series of natural and cultural history programs for ages four and five begins Sept. 13 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 08/13/2008
Young children can experience natural and cultural history first-hand through a series of programs being offered beginning in mid-September at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center, located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.

The series is called the Fall Fun Series and will consist of three 90-minute programs taught by park naturalists. Search for the keyword "preschool " to find these programs in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

A session on Sept. 13 is called Forest Friends and will show participants that forests are more than just trees. The program will include a walk where participants might catch a glimpse of a hawk through the branches or a lizard hiding in fallen leaves. Other activities will include looking for tracks and playing a game of camouflage rabbits.

A session on Oct. 11 is called Creepy Critters and will deal with spiders, snakes and owls. Participants will see these creatures up close and learn they're not as creepy as some people think. There will also time to dance to the Monster Mash and make a creepy craft.

The final session on Nov. 15 is called The First Thanksgiving and will give young participants a chance to meet a Pilgrim woman named Patience, who will teach them about the mayflower, Native Americans, and the many trying times of Plymouth. Participants will help prepare a Thanksgiving treat.

Participants can sign up for all three sessions as a series or sign up and pay for one of more session separately. The cost for the Fall Fun Series consisting of three 90-minute programs is $29 for Johnson County residents of $32 for nonresidents. The cost for each individual 90-minute session is $11 per person for Johnson County residents or $12 for nonresidents. Either way, advance registration is required, as space in limited.

The JCPRD's ACTIVITIES catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information on the Fall Wildflower Walk, call the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759. To register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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