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Celebrate Grand Opening of Ernie Miller Nature Center's new Exhibit Gallery on May 14
POSTED: 04/20/2016
A Grand Opening for a new long-planned exhibit gallery at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center has been scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, May 14.

This interactive gallery is titled "Our Changing Landscape" and features live animals, and hands-on exhibits that tell the story of Ernie Miller Park. The celebration will feature wildlife presentations, roving naturalists, and refreshments. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to get under way at 1 p.m. There is no charge for this two-hour special event and no preregistration is required.

"It'll give visitors an opportunity to learn what's unique about the park and when they go out and hike, they'll have a better understanding of why this is a special place," said JCPRD Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan. "It's really a well-done exhibit hall because it has so many things to see in it. You're not going to be seeing everything in one visit when you come into the room because there are so many different layers of information and hands-on experiences."

The 900-square-foot permanent exhibit area tells the story of how natural and manmade changes have affected this 116-acre park property in Olathe. The exhibit consists of five areas, four of which relate to time periods. Activities, videos, and live animals are featured. There's also a water table, plinko board, and a crawl-through beaver den.

The exhibit area in which most of the new exhibits are displayed is part of a 2004 nature center expansion which doubled the nature center's space. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

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