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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

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Oct. 5 & 19 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
September 19, 2016

The fall and early winter season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during October at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn on Oct. 5 and 19.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "storytelling."

October sessions include a program on Oct. 5 when the theme is "Furry Mammals," and an Oct. 19 program when the theme is "Discover Nature." Other upcoming sessions include: Nov. 2, "Animal Sounds;" Nov. 16, "Turkey Time;" Dec. 7, "Winter Weather;" and Dec. 21, "A Visit with Santa."

Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m. The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents a free 50 Plus Travel Show on Oct. 4
September 19, 2016

Join fellow travelers in search of new destinations to explore and trips to take when the 50 Plus Department of the  Johnson County Park & Recreation District presents a Travel Show in early October.

During this free three-hour event, participants will preview upcoming adventures, great destinations, and beautiful vacation spots. Meet tour professionals who will answer questions and explain the advantages of traveling with 50 Plus. Presentations with stunning photos, trip overviews, and interesting facts about future tours will be presented.  Take home travel brochures and itineraries to help you choose where to go for your next trip.

This free event will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. Call (913) 826-3030 to RSVP.

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’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Trick-or-Cache - Two Sessions!
September 15, 2016

Try out a new family activity this Halloween! Search for caches filled with candy and trinkets hidden around Antioch Park using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). GPS units, a tutorial, and meal are included during this modern day scavenger hunt. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Participants registering as a family will be loaned one GPS unit per family. Those registering as individuals will each be loaned a GPS unit.  Costumes encouraged! If registering for the evening session, bring a flashlight. Join us after your haunted hunt for hotdogs, s’mores, and spooky stories around the fire circle across from Shelter #2.  This exciting event is just $12 per person ($14 nonresidents), or $30 for a family of four or less ($33 nonresidents).  Register today by going to www.jcprd.com, and then follow the “Register for Activities” link and search for program barcode 35453 for the 11 a.m. session or 35454 for the 5:30 p.m. session. Please register by October 17.

All ages invited for Fall Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo on Oct. 2 at Roeland Park Community Center
September 13, 2016

The community is invited to come celebrate the change in seasons with friends old and new during a traditional spaghetti dinner being planned at the Roeland Park Community Center by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Spaghetti Dinner is a long-standing tradition of friends, delicious food, conversation, and fun! This fall, we’re adding 12 games of bingo with prizes including gift bags and gift certificates.

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 "celebrate fall."

This event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this thre-hour event is $15 per person. 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 35446.

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

Scouts Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Adventure event is Oct. 1 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
September 13, 2016

Fur, Feathers and Ferns is a Cub Scout Bear program which lets scouts explore the outdoor world of mammals, birds, and plants and learn about creatures and how we affect our environment.  A  special event being planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in early October will let scouts meet all the requirements for this program in one two-hour session..

This will be the third year the nature center has presented a Cub Scout Oriented program in early October and this year's event is called Fur, Feathers and Ferns Adventure. Participants will take a one mile hike and visit stations along the way.  Scouts will see some of the live nature center animals up-close and observe the wildlife in the park with binoculars.  See a working compost bin and worm bin and learn about composting.  Learn about extinct and endangered animals.  Smell and taste herbs and plant an herb to take home. This program will be led by JCPRD park naturalists and park police officers.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog, look first under fun for all and then under special events. Look for the keyword “scouts.”

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas Highway 7, Olathe.  The cost for one two-hour event is $5 per person, including adults,  if paid in advance, or $7 per person onsite on the day of the event. 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 35092.

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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September 27, 2016 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Neighbor’s Place Potluck

September 30, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Family Fishing Nights

October 1, 2016 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cub Scouts Bear Adventure

October 2, 2016 | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Fall Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo

October 4, 2016 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

50 Plus Travel Show