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Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 10 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 12/16/2015
Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for Sunday Afternoon Nature. Presentations begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two are free.

January presentations will include:

Jan. 10 - Alaska Nelly: Born in Missouri in 1875, Nelly Trosper learned to trap and hunt in the countryside. She moved to Alaska in 1915 and found work in the mining camps. Known as Alaskan Nelly, she delivered mail with sled dogs, kept a pet bear cub, entertained a U.S. President, and lived a life to remember. Photos of Alaska and information about native animals will be woven into this program as Senior Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait presents the story of this amazing, independent outdoorswoman.

Jan. 17 - Birds of Prey: By day or night, out of the sky flies a rodent’s nightmare, the birds of prey. Join our interpretive staff as they show why rodents fear these great birds. Using live birds, participants will see up close examples of these magnificent raptors and their special adaptations.

Jan. 24 - Being Bold in the Cold: Discover how dangerous cold weather can be. Find out what tools and traits can help you survive the cold weather if you get lost on a hike, including how to build a fire. Learn about how animals are adapted to the cold, and meet a live rabbit.

Jan. 31 - Kansas Symbols: Celebrate Kansas' Statehood Day, which this year falls on Jan. 29! Can you name the Kansas symbols? See some of the natural symbols live and in person, including live animals.

The Sunday Family series will continue in February with the following presentations: Feb. 7, Archeology Dig; Feb. 14, Snakes Alive; Feb. 21, Wildlife Webs; and Feb. 28, Nature Photography Fun.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs 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 keywords "nature programs." For more information on the Sunday Nature Programs, call (913) 764-7759.

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