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Ernie Miller Nature Center's Fall Fun Series for ages 4-5 begins Sept. 17
POSTED: 08/30/2012
Residents of the forest, creepy critters, 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. 22 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 $32 for Johnson County residents or $36 for nonresidents, or sign up for individual programs at a cost of $12 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 keywords “preschool package.”

The first program is called Forest Friends on Sept. 22. Young naturalists will discover that forests are more than just trees. Participants will take a walk and see a hawk flying through the branches or glimpse a lizard hiding in the leaves. We'll also look for tracks and play a game of camouflage rabbits.

The second program is called Creepy Critters and will be presented on Oct. 20. Young participants will have the chance to see critters like spiders, snakes, and owls up close and see that they're not as scary as some people think. We'll also do the monster mash and make a creepy craft.

The final program in the series is called The First Thanksgiving and will take place on Nov. 10. 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 also help prepare a Thanksgiving treat.

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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