|Ready, Set, Hike sessions let young children explore the Mill Creek Streamway Park on March 14, 21, & 28|
As signs of spring's arrival begin to show all around, it's time to get outside and explore and a series of nature hikes for young children at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Natureplay Preschool offer that opportunity.
Ready, Set, Hike, is the name of a series of seven hikes on the Mill Creek Streamway Park for ages three through five on Friday mornings in March and April. Hikes will take place rain or shine and will meet at various trail access points. Each session requires separate registration, so you can sign up for one or all seven hikes. The cost for each 90-minute session is $5 per person per session for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents.
To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “outdoor fun.”
Three Ready, Set, Hike sessions are planned during March. These include: a session on March 14 which meets at the Wilder Drive Access, 19425 Wilder Road, near the intersection with Holliday Drive, Shawnee; a session on March 21, which meets at the Barker Road Access at 5946 Barker Road north of Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee; and a session on March 28, which meets at the Midland Drive Access, 19405 Midland Drive, west of Interstate 435 at Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Four additional sessions are planned in April, including: an April 4 session at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #8, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; a session on April 11 at Lenexa's Craig Crossing Park, 19803 W. 87th Lane, Lenexa; a session on April 18 at the Prairie Star Parkway Access, 18459 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa; and a session on April 25 at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #2.
Natureplay Preschool is a discovery-based learning program for ages three through five. While the program offers half-day preschool with two-, three-, to five-days-a-week options, these new stand-alone programs are meant to supplement other learning opportunities and provide children extended opportunities for outdoor exploration. Natureplay Director Rosanna Munoz holds degrees in biology and early childhood education has been leading JCPRD early childhood programs since 2002. For questions about Natureplay Preschool or the outdoor fun programs, call Rosanna Munoz at (913) 826-2958.
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 www.jcprd.com.