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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

"Incredible Inventions" is subject of next museum storytelling program on Sept. 13 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
August 16, 2017

A new season of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho as part of a storytelling series being offered by the Johnson County Museum is set to begin in mid-September.

Titled simply Jo Ho Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one day each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

The first program in the series is called "Incredible Inventions" on Wednesday, Sept. 13. “Inventor Jo” will share stories of wild and wacky and true inventions that have made life easier, yummier, and more stupendousier! This is a perfect storytime for inquisitive little minds and the science buff in all of us.  Nerdy is cool in these delightful invention tales!

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40521.

Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season will include: “Country Hoedown” (barcode 40522) on Oct. 18,  "Fowl Play" (barcode 40523) on Nov. 15, and "Woodland Christmas" (barcode 40524) on Dec. 20.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

First of two Yoga Adventures offered for adults at TimberRidge Adventure Center on Sept. 10
August 16, 2017

Come spend a few hours outdoors with kindred souls and refresh your inner being during a program being offered for adults at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center.

This program is called Yoga Adventures at TimberRidge and is for ages 16 and older. Participants will spend time outdoors exploring yoga on the lawn combined with another outdoor activities, to include hiking, journaling, kayaking, and archery.  Prior experience is not necessary and participants will choose their own level of activity. Be sure to dress for the outdoor weather. The first of two Yoga Adventures at TimberRidge will take place on Sept. 10,  and will emphasize hiking and journaling. A session on Oct. 8 will follow with an emphasis on kayaking.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “yoga.”

Each program will begin at 2 p.m. on a Sunday at the TimberRidge Adventure Center, which is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for each two-hour program is $12 for Johnson County residents or $13 for nonresidents.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40018 for the Sept. 9 program or 40019 for the Oct. 8 program.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200-plus acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, features a professionally-certified challenge and ropes course featuring 28 low elements, a 300-foot zip line and a climbing tower with three other high elements. In addition to the Challenge Course, TimberRidge offers other outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, archery, canoes, and pedal boats. The center is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park, and is available only by reservation or as part of programming.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay at (913) 856-8849 or lysa.holladay@jocogov.org.

Intergenerational Arts program offered on Sept. 9 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
August 16, 2017

Bond, teach, and encourage a child in creativity, during a class being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in early September.

Intergenerational Arts is the name of this program, which is for ages zero to six with an adult. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends are invited to bring a child and work collaboratively with your young, creative maker as they dive into visual arts in a TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) environment. Adult supervision is required for the duration of the program.

To find this program in My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.”

Intergenerational Arts is offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The cost for a one-hour sessions is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. Please call (913) 826-3163 or email devin.rumley@jocogov.org for more detailed information. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40563.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18.  Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards.  To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Strolling Strings event for 50 Plus set at Roeland Park Community Center on Sept. 8
August 16, 2017

Celebrate the changing of the seasons during a special event being planned in early September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called Strolling Strings and will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. During the meal , the talented Shawnee Mission North Strolling Strings will amaze the audience with their talent of making music as they stroll around the room.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “celebrate fall.”

The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event, including dinner, is $10 per person. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40415.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Moths in the Moonlight event is Sept. 8 in Ernie Miller Park
August 16, 2017

Like a moth to a flame, you can be drawn into the secret lives of moths during a special event set for Friday, Sept. 8, at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Now is its fourth year, this event, called Moths in the Moonlight, is for children ages seven and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will learn about these fascinating insects, including their lifecycle, and the differences between butterflies and moths.  Black lights will be used to attract moths and other nocturnal insects, and there will also be interactive games to play.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “nature.”

This event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost for the one-and-one-half-hour event is $3.50 per person, including adults, and can be paid on-site. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling (913) 764-7759 or by registering on line at jcprd.com by clicking  on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and performing a barcode search for 39972.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

Both moths and butterflies are members of the order Lepidoptera, which means “scale winged,” a reference to the powdery scales that come off their wings when you touch them.  A celebration of moths' more colorful relatives, the butterflies, is also scheduled at the nature center on Sept. 23 when an event called Flight of the Monarch will be presented. For more about this event, complete a barcode search for 39971 or call (913) 764-7759.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

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