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 a variety
of exhibits as you discover more about the park’s wildlife and history.
The 116-acre park has been preserved in much of its natural state
and features an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 80 persons,
picnic shelter, three miles of nature trails, including a self-guided
1/4 mile accessible nature trail.
The EMNC also includes a gift shop for nature enthusiasts, year-round
interpretive programming for all ages and is staffed by knowledgeable
park naturalists and police of our Safety
and Outdoor Education Division. Programs offer experiences that
help to create awareness and respect for wildlife and habitat.
Ernie Miller Nature
November 1st to March
Sunday 12:30 pm
to 4:30 pm
Monday to Saturday*
9 am to 4:30 pm
April 1st to October
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday to Saturday* 9 am to
*Closed for lunch
12 noon to 1 pm
June, July, August
- Closed on Sunday
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
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
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.
2013 Outdoor Discover
at Ernie Miller Park & Shawnee Mission Park
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.
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,
laundry soap; and dryer sheets.
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.
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:
To check for possible
park or trail
closings please call the 24-Hour Park Information Line at (913)
"This program is excellent! The Rangers were fabulous instructors; Just the right amount of humor mixed in with instruction. They handle the kids wonderfully! Way to go! (Archeology Lab)"
Christa McAuliffe Elementary