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Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday with Laura's Legacy program at The Ernie Miller Nature Center on Feb. 7
POSTED: 01/14/2015
Celebrating the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, early Kansas Pioneer and author of the beloved "Little House on the Prairie" books, is the purpose of a special event planned at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in early February.

Laura's Legacy is the name of this event, which is primarily for ages five and older, and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants are invited to dress like Laura and wear pioneer clothing. There will be a variety of activities for participants to take part in including making rag dolls, experiencing lessons from an 1800's school, and listening to music from the time period. Refreshments will be served as an interpreter tells Laura's favorite stories of her childhood.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “history.”

Admission for this two-hour event is paid on-site and is $7 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $8 per person for nonresidents. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling (913) 764-7759. Past events have drawn more than 100 girls, so make your reservations early!

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 26371.

Children must be accompanied by one adult chaperone per group of five.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for the new JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Activities Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Activities Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at

Printed copies of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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