Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center Master Plan

Ernie Miller Nature Park is a 116-acre nature park consisting of a diverse range of habitats including tall-grass prairies, upland meadows, bottom-land forest, a beautiful stream, and three miles of nature trails to explore, a picnic shelter, and nature center.

The master planning process for Ernie Miller Park began in fall of 2017 and included a steering committee made up of JCPRD staff and Ernie Miller Nature Center volunteers.  Public input was solicited using focus groups and public events.  The final Master Plan is anticipated to be presented at the June board meeting.

Master Plan Highlights

Site Improvements

  • Improved entry signage
  • ADA drop off/parking
  • New Shelter #1 and restroom
  • Boardwalk placed on northwestern edge of existing pond
  • Trail improvements
  • New amphitheater
  • Addition of small pond and wetland
  • Addition of unpaved trails
  • Various storm water best management practices throughout the site

Nature Center Improvements

  • Demo phase one and construct two-story addition over existing footprint
  • Separate public and private areas of the facility
  • Improve and expand classroom spaces
  • Improved wildlife displays for viewing from both interior and exterior of the building
  • Courtyard improvements to include pavement and landscaping
  • Enhancements to existing gathering spaces
  • Addition of family restrooms
  • Expanded administrative offices