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Ernie Miller Nature Center plans free 30th Birthday Celebration on Nov. 21
POSTED: 10/29/2015
For three decades, the Ernie Miller Nature Center has been bringing people and nature together and it's time to celebrate!

A free Birthday Celebration at the nature center has been planned for Nov. 21. The three-hour event will begin at 1 p.m. and will include birthday cake, storytelling, animal presentations, craft activities, and guided walks.

“We’ll have quite a few different things, and we’ll have a memory wall where people can write and share their memories of the Ernie Miller Nature Center,” said Johnson County Park and Recreation District Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan. “The goal is to celebrate 30 years of connecting people to nature. Hopefully, we’ll have some people who have never experienced the facility so they can get a sampling of the activities we have here, and for people who have used the nature center over the years, it will be a chance to share their memories.”

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2015 has been an eventful year, as the celebration of the nature center’s 30th anniversary follows the observation of JCPRD’s 60th during a celebration at Shawnee Mission Park on Sept. 20.

Ernie Miller Park is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Phase I of the nature center’s construction was completed in 1985 and involved about 2,000 square feet, including a multi-purpose room, an office, restrooms, a kitchen and nature displays. This was followed by Phase II in January 1992, which added 3,200 square feet, including another multipurpose room, lab space for program animals, a lobby, gift shop area and reception area, a conference room, and two offices. Phase III was completed in Spring 2004 and added 5,806 square feet, including a large classroom, wildlife viewing room, a 500-gallon aquarium, exhibit space, and a storage area. Programming at the nature center is presented by park naturalists and park police officers and includes a wide variety of programs for various ages.

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