|Ernie Miller Park and Ernie Miller Nature Center provides a great get away from the urban hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Park offers three miles of hiking trails traversing prairies, forest and a beautiful stream. The Nature Center allows children of all ages to see native wildlife and learn about nature and history.
|Hours of Operation
Ernie Miller Park
|Open Daily Dawn to Dusk
March 1 – October 31*
Mon – Sat 9
am - 5 pm**
Sun 1 pm - 5 pm*
||*Closed Sundays: June 1 - August 31
**Closed: Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 1 pm
No Bikes - No Pets Allowed in Park
Ernie Miller Park is JCPRD's 116-acre nature park consisting of a diverse range of habitats including tallgrass prairies, upland meadows, bottomland forest and a beautiful stream to explore. The park also features an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 80 persons, picnic shelter, nature center and three miles of nature trails.
Ernie Miller Park Shelter
To ensure the use of a shelter, reservations are recommended. Ernie
Miller Park is equipped with one multi-functional shelter available
throughout the year for gatherings including weddings, graduations and birthdays.
For details about all JCPRD shelters, including Ernie Miller Park,
view our JCPRD Park
Shelter Info Chart. Patrons can reserve shelters by walk-in or
by phone. For additional details visit our Reservation
and Rentals page. To inquire or to reserve a shelter, visit our Registration Office or contact us Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at (913) 831-3359.
Note: During your event, please have a copy of your reservation form
- 8 tables (1 accessible), seating for 64 persons
- Grill not available
- Shelter path is accessible
- Electricity; no water available
- Nearest restroom located in Nature Center facility
- No playground
- If difficulties arise, contact JCPRD
Park Police and Park Safety
If safety issues arise, contact the JCPRD
Park Police by calling (913) 782-0720. If you're contacting
the Park Police to resolve a conflict related to a shelter reservation,
please be sure to have your copy of the reservation with you.
Ernie Miller Park Shelter (Ages 6-8) 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe
Ernie Miller Nature Center provides a laboratory for learning, understanding, and admiring nature. Discover more about the park's plants, animals and history by visiting the center's new exhibit gallery featuring live animal displays and interactive exhibits. The Nature Center also features a 500-gallon aquarium showcasing native stream fish, a wildlife viewing room overlooking a water feature with birdfeeders and a gift shop for nature enthusiasts.
Educational Programs and Camps
Our knowledgeable staff present a variety of fun, educational programs
for all ages. For more information about the center's youth, preschool
outreach, school programs and our Outdoor Discovery Camps call (913)
764-7759 or view our downloadable material below
Come party with the animals at Ernie Miller Nature Center! We offer
four birthday party themes: Birthday Safari, Snake Celebration, Magical
Party and Enchanted Forest.
All parties are for children ages five
to 11. Two party options are available and both include two hour room
rental, table and chairs. All parties are held on Saturdays. Please
call us at (913) 764-7759 for more information or see our birthday
The nature center offers a wide variety of summer camp opportunities for ages ranging from 3 to 15 years. Camp offerings include day long day camps, four-day specialty camps and half-day camps. The 2017 Summer camp Guide for will be available in late January.
Ernie Miller Park Shelter (Ages 9-12) 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe
Shawnee Mission Park Shelter #12 (Ages 8-12) 7900 Renner Rd.
Looking for a new experience? Have a skill or interest that you are willing to share? Want to learn a new skill? Presently, opportunities exist for people to be Nature Center volunteers. Adults are needed to deliver environmental programs, conduct nature walks, staff the Nature Center, and much more. You need not be an expert with training and support will be provided. For more information about volunteer opportunities, view our volunteer flyer.
Donations for Animal Supplies Sought at EMNC
Individuals, families and groups wanting to make a difference are invited to consider contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.
|Items needed: black oil sunflower seed; white millet or safflower seed (no seed mixes, please); suet cakes; dried seed corn on the cob; LabDiet 5001 rodent food; pine bedding; bags of new clean cypress mulch; various sizes of clear Critter Keeper boxes with snap tops from pet stores; ferret snacks; bleach, apple cider vinegar, fragrance free laundry soap and dryer sheets. View our Donations for Animal list for details.
2017 History and Nature Awareness School Program On-line Book
Preschool Nature Awareness Programs
Youth Group Program
EMNC Birthday Party Information