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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

JCPRD presents Homeschool Art program for ages 5 to 15 beginning Jan. 10 and 11
December 13, 2017

Youth can join their friends and go on an adventure into art during a homeschool program being offered beginning in early January by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Homeschool Art is the name of this program, which is for ages five to 15. Participants will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation.  This class has the theme "Art Adventures," and is designed to supplement homeschool curriculums.

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

Two different sessions of the Art Adventures program are offered beginning in early January. One meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 10 at the Roeland Park Community Center (RPCC), 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, while the other meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 11 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park. For either location, classes begin at 10 a.m., and the cost for nine two-hour sessions is $85 per person for Johnson County resident or $90 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 41643 for the RPCC session or 41644 for the JCAHC session.

Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme "Clay Creations,"  are offered beginning April 4 at RPCC (barcode 41645) and April 5 at JCAHC (barcode 41464).

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Intellectual 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 Ookpik Book” is subject of next museum Retro Story and Art Fun program on Jan. 3 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
December 14, 2017

If you can remember “The Poky Little Puppy,” you and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly in early 2018 by the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Story and Art Fun! and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy an art activity for little hands. Stories change monthly, connecting to KidScape community environments, and Kansas Early Learning Standards. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through April at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, 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 this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “early learning.”

The first program in the early 2018 series is called “The Ookpik Book,” and will take place on Jan. 3. Published in 1963, this Golden Shape Book introduces readers to meet Ookpik the Arctic Owl. Participants will learn about life in the arctic, then make a snowy owl to take home.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 41211.

Other upcoming Retro Story and Art Fun! programs this season will include: “Birds”  on Feb. 7 (barcode 41212), "The Fire Engine Book" on March 7 (barcode 41213), and “Baby Farm Animals" on April 4 (barcode 41214).

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.

Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 7 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
December 13, 2017

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for the Sunday Family Series of nature programs. Presentations  begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two  are free.

January presentations will include:

Jan. 7: Snakes Alive - See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world.

Jan. 14: Birds of Prey - Using live birds, participants will see up close examples of these magnificent raptors and their special adaptations.

Jan. 21: Biomimicry  - Nature has inspired humans to create technological advances. Come and learn how cockleburs and kingfishers have influenced scientists. See live animals that may inspire you create something new.

Jan. 28: Kansas Symbols  - Celebrate Kansas' Statehood Day, which this year falls on Jan. 29! See some of the natural symbols live and in person, including live animals.

The Sunday Family Series will continue in February with the following presentations: Feb. 4, Animal Clues; Feb. 11, Laura's Memories; Feb. 18, I Heart Spiders;  and Feb. 25, Wildlife Who's Who.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs 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 programs.” For more information on the Sunday Family Series, call (913) 764-7759.

Johnson County Museum presents new season of Homeschool History Adventures beginning Jan. 4
December 13, 2017

Homeschoolers can unearth the treasure of our local history during a series of programs being presented this winter and early spring by the Johnson County Museum.

Homeschool History Adventures! is the name of this program, which is for ages seven to 13. Participants will examine artifacts from the museum's collection, explore the museum's main exhibit called "Becoming Johnson County," and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities in the museum classroom. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us.

These programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and to KidScape. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a search for the barcodes listed below.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “enrichment.”

The first program in the series is called All Aboard!, and will allow students to discover Johnson County’s railroads during this fun, hands-on program! Students can see how trains got our community on track with an interactive journey through our exhibit, imagine life in boom and bust towns, and compete to design and build their own bridge that will bring the railroad to your town!

This program is offered at two different dates and times. One program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4 (barcode 41993), while the other will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 (barcode 41994).

Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures! programs this season will include: Lamp of Freedom on Feb. 1 and 2 (barcodes 41995 and 41996), "Hold the Phone, History's Calling" on March 1 and 2 (barcodes 41997and 41998), and "What's Cookin' " on March 5 and 6 barcodes 42000 and 42001.

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.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District to recycle Christmas trees at three locations
December 4, 2017

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be accepting post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees at three locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31.

Collection sites are: the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, and the north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.

In 2016, between 4,000 and 5,000 trees were "recycled." Some of the trees will be mulched for use on trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.

No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees as well as any remaining decorations; particularly "icicles" and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic, or aluminum.

There is no charge for the disposal of trees and this program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, call Visitor Services at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713.

 

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