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Learn about the "Magical Migration" of Monarch Butterflies during Nature Explorers Home School Program on Sept. 25
POSTED: 09/03/2014
Butterfly migration is the topic of an intergenerational nature program designed to supplement and support home school efforts which is being offered in late September at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe.

The program is called Nature Explorers is for youth ages six to 12 with a parent. This program lets participants explore nature and animals around the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Park naturalists will present a series of three stand-alone educational programs. Each program takes place on a Thursday and has a different theme. If the weather permits, these sessions will be held outdoors and participants should dress for outdoor exploration. Parents will also receive tips on how to weave outdoor exploration into their lessons.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "home school."

The first Nature Explorers session is called "Magical Migration" and will take place on Sept. 25. Participants will learn about the long flight of the Monarch Butterfly, which goes through Kansas. Students will experience capturing, tagging, and releasing these butterflies. Other upcoming Nature Explorer programs and their themes are: "Signs of Fall" on Oct. 16," and "Stories of the Past" on Nov. 13. All programs begin at 3 p.m. on a Thursday, last 75 minutes, and will take place at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. A parent must register with each child.

The cost for each 75-minute program is $3.50 per person for Johnson County residents and $4 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. For more information, call (913) 764-7759.

The JCPRD 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, visit the district's website at

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