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La Grande Birding Fiesta is April 24 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 04/02/2010
Now in its seventh year, this free event is called the La Grande Birding Fiesta and will take place at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. It is being held in conjunction with Outdoor Kansas Kids Day (OK Kids), a program of the Kansas Wildscape Foundation, and will include activities appropriate for school-age children with an adult, beginning bird watchers, and scout groups. Perform a catalog search for the keyword "birding" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

Planned activities include guided hikes through Ernie Miller Park where participants can learn the basics of bird watching. Participants will also be able to visit bird-related information booths and children’s activity stations; see live birds of prey; and learn how to attract birds to their yards There will also be door prizes and giveaways donated by the sponsors. In the event of rain, booths and stations will be moved indoors.

This program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 24 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway (intersection of Harold/127th and K-7) in Olathe. For more information, call (913) 764-7759.

Outdoor Kansas Kids Day provides an opportunity for children across Kansas to experience various outdoor activities. For many, it will be an introduction to the beauty and enjoyment of the outdoors. For others, it will be a reawakening or reinforcing of their outdoor interests. Wild Birds Unlimited is a local sponsor for the event. Statewide sponsors include: the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, the Kansas Recreation and Park Association, Kansas health Care Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, and Capitol Federal Savings.

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