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Ernie Miller Nature Center's Fall Fun Series for ages 4-5 begins Sept. 21
POSTED: 08/28/2013
Migrating birds, Native Americans, and attendees of the first Thanksgiving are topics to be explored in a series of three fall programs for young children being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

The Fall Fun Series takes place on Saturdays beginning Sept. 21 and is aimed at ages four through five. All three programs begin at 9:30 a.m. These programs are meant as opportunities for participants to enjoy nature while learning about natural and cultural concepts from a park naturalist. Sign your child up for all three 90-minute programs at a cost of $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents, or sign up for individual programs at a cost of $12 each for Johnson County residents or $14 for nonresidents.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “preschool.”

The first program is called Migratory Madness on Sept. 21. Young naturalists will discover that many birds take flight for warmer places. We'll discuss the where, how, when and why of migration, meet a live bird, and give participants an opportunity to make their own binoculars for our hike.

The second program is called Native American Celebration and will be presented on Oct. 19. Young participants will learn about the history of Native Americans through stories, games, and songs. We’ll also make a dream catcher and find out how Native Americans once lived off the land.

The final program in the series is called The First Thanksgiving and will take place on Nov. 9. Participants will meet Patience, a Pilgrim woman , who will teach them about the Mayflower, Native Americans, and the many trying times of Plymouth. Participants will help prepare a Thanksgiving snack.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District’s website at

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