|New Winter Solstice Celebration is Dec. 18 at Ernie Miller Nature Center|
In astronomical terms, the Winter Solstice occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. In terms of daylight hours, it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Officially, this year's Winter Solstice occurs on Dec. 21.
During the Dec. 18 celebration, participants will hike through the woods in Ernie Miller Park along Little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter's quiet time. Then warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows while listening to ancient stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Since parts of this program will take place outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather. Perform a catalog search for the keywords "seasonal event" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.
The Winter Solstice Celebration will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $6 per person for Johnson County residents or $7 per person for nonresidents, and is payable on-site. Please note that reservations are required and can be made by calling the nature center at (913) 764-7759.