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Spring Adventure Walks for 50 Plus Start March 11 at Ernie Miller Park
POSTED: 02/13/2009
These hikes are meant to give participants an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and make new friends while following trails through parks and natural treasures. Participants can choose one or all of the three spring walks.

The trails in Ernie Miller Park are considered an easy walk. This outing will take place on March 11. This 116-acre park on Olathe's west side consists of a diverse range of habitats such as tall grass prairie, upland meadows, bottomland forest and a beautiful stream.

Spring Adventure Walks are led by Olathe 50 Plus Coordinator Tiffany Glaser. All hikes depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. In case of rain, the walk will be rescheduled for the following week. The cost for each five-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $16 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch. If the weather interferes with plans during the day of the hike, lunch will be at a local restaurant and participants will be responsible for this expense. Perform a catalog search for the keywords "adventure walks" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

Other spring adventure walk dates and destinations are: March 25, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, Kan. (moderate); and April 8, Emporia (easy).

While the JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

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 or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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