Ernie Miller Park
and Nature Center, JCPRD's 116-acre park, consists of a diverse
range of habitats such as tall grass prairie, upland meadows, bottomland
forest and a beautiful stream to explore. It also provides live animal
displays and a variety of exhibits as you discover more about the
park’s wildlife and history.
Ernie Miller Park Shelter
To insure the use of a shelter, reservations are recommended. Ernie Miller Park is equipped with 1 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 available.
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.
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.
Recent Ernie Miller Improvements and Amenities
A major expansion of EMNC has been completed and has added more than 5,800 square feet to the facility. New amenities include a multipurpose room, an exhibit room, a wildlife-viewing room facing the woods and a 500-gallon aquarium featuring native fish.
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.
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 – training and support will be provided. For more information about volunteer opportunities, view our volunteer manual.
For more information about Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center visit www.erniemiller.com
To view and download Ernie Miller Nature Center forms and other JCPRD downloadable forms, visit our PDF page by clicking on the Download Forms button below:
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"Our students who first went three years ago are still talking about the trip. You are all amazing! (Heritage History Lab)"