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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

50 Plus Plans Nature Walk to visit Baker Wetlands in Lawrence on April 19
March 22, 2017

The Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, Kan., is the destination for a nature walk being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Located just south of Lawrence, the Baker Wetlands provides a unique place to learn about natural and cultural history. The wetlands encompass 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife, and is considered one of the most diverse habitats in the state. Participants will take a guided walk through the wetlands with Education Coordinator Dr. Roger Boyd,   where they will explore the restoration of this important area. Lunch will be at 715 restaurant in Lawrence following the hike.

This outing is considered an easy walk. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature walk.”

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, and return about 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36929.

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.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

50 Plus Plans Adventure Walk to visit Nebraska's Indian Cave State Park on April 15
March 22, 2017

Indian Cave State Park in southeastern Nebraska is the next Adventure Walk destination being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Winding along the Missouri River, and tucked into the rolling hills of south eastern Nebraska is Indian Cave State Park. Explore the limestone cave, accessible by boardwalk, and maybe spot a few petroglyphs! Hike the rugged dirt trails and enjoy the beautiful overlooks. Afterwards, lunch will be at Nemaha Country Market in Nemaha, Neb.  Lunch costs on your own.

This outing is considered a difficult walk featuring a natural trail with potentially steep elevation changes and a variety of terrain. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walk.”

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, and return about 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $30 per person for Johnson County residents or $33 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36924.

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.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Pool Instead of School event planned for April 14 at Roeland Park Aquatic Center
March 22, 2017

A themed pool party is the perfect antidote for bored kids on a teacher in-service day, and that's the goal of a mid-April special event being planned at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center.

This event is called Pool Instead of School and is meant to get kids moving instead of staring at electronic devices. "Spring Fling" is the theme for this event. Participants will be led in 30 minutes of pool games, have 90 minutes of free play in the pool, and leave with a special treat. Participants will have to pass a swim test to be allowed in the deep end.  Please register by April 5 for this event. This session was not listed in the January through April Activities catalog.

Pool Instead of School will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 14, at the Roland Park Aquatic Center, located at 4350 Rosewood, Roeland Park. The cost for this event is $8 per person for Johnson County residents or $10 per person for nonresidents.  To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 37099. 

This event is also eligible for credit in the Physical 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, search for barcode 37017 or call (913) 826-2950.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. For more information about this event, call (913) 432-1377.

Soup, Salad, and the Strolling Strings event set at Matt Ross Community Center on April 13
March 16, 2017

Come enjoy a delicious lunch of soup, salad, bread, and dessert during a special event being planned in mid-April by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Now in its third year, this event is called Soup, Salad, and the Strolling Strings and will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. During the meal , the talented Shawnee Mission North Strolling Strings will play delightful melodies on a variety of stringed instruments including the violin, cello, bass, and viola.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 “social event.”

The cost for this one-hour event, including lunch, is $13 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the Register for Activities link and do a barcode search for 37005.

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

Visit Ernie Miller Nature Center to participate in Passport to Adventure 2017 beginning April 8
March 16, 2017

Gather your family and pick up your Passport to Adventure for the Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City’s annual event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center or at any of 19 other sites in the metro area beginning April 8.

Passport to Adventure is a great way for area residents to experience nature, science, and history in their own backyard. The event is meant to encourage the public to visit area nature centers, museums and historic sites between April 8 and Oct. 31.

This year’s event will kickoff from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Olathe Bass Pro Shop, 2051 Bass Pro Drive, Olathe.  Participants can pick up their 2017 passport, visit booths from participating facilities, see live animals, and participate in hands-on activities. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature & outdoors.”

The Passport to Adventure program is free, although some sites charge regular admission to their facilities. Participants can also obtain a passport at any of the sites below. Passport holders have until Oct. 31 to get their passport stamped at participating sites in order to be eligible for prizes.

Sites participating in the 2017 Passport to Adventure are:

Anita B. Gorman  Discovery Center - 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 759-7300

Beanstalk Children’s Garden, KCCG - 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 931-3877

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center  - 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, Mo. (816) 228-3766

Ernie Miller Nature Center - 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, Kan.,  (913) 764-7759

F.L. Schlagle Library -  4051 West Dr,Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kan., (913) 299-2384

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark - 107 Osage St., Sibley, Mo., (816) 650-3278

Kemper Outdoor Education Center - 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, Mo., (816) 229-8980

Lakeside Nature Center -  4701 E. Gregory, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 513-8960

Legler Barn Museum - 14907 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 492-0038

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site - 1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kan., (913) 971-5111

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary - 407 N. LaFrenz Road, Liberty, Mo., (816) 781-8598

Missouri Town 1855 - 8010 E. Park Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo., (816) 503-4860

Oxford School House - 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, Kan., (913) 339-6700 ext. 157

Powell Gardens - 1609 NW, U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, Mo., (816) 697-2600

Prairie Oak Nature Center - 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, Kan., (913) 696-7770

Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence - 2730 SW Harper, Lawrence, Kan., (785) 832-7980

Shawnee Indian Mission - 3403 W. 53rd St, Fairway, Kan., (913) 262-0867

Shawnee Town 1929 Museum - 11600 Johnson Dr., Shawnee Kan., (913) 248-2360

Thomas Hart Benton Home Historic Site - 3616 Belleview, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 931-5722

Trailside Center - 9901 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 942-3581

The Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City is a nonprofit organization made up of historical, natural, and cultural interpretive sites throughout the Kansas City area. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

For more information about the Kickoff  Event or the Passport to Adventure Hunt, visit http://kcpassport.com or call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

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