Take a break from the busy holiday festivities and preparations to celebrate an ancient rite at a fun special event for all ages called the Winter Solstice Celebration planned for Dec. 22 at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center.
In astronomical terms, the Winter Solstice occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. In terms of daylight hours, it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Officially, this year's Winter Solstice actually occurs on Dec. 21.
During this year's celebration, participants will hike luminary-lit trails in Ernie Miller Park along Little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter's quiet time. Then warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows while listening to ancient stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Since parts of this program will take place outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather.
To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under fun for all. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “seasonal event.”
The Winter Solstice Celebration will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. Drop in any time after 4:30 p.m. for ongoing activities. If paid in advance, the cost is $6 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $7 per person for nonresidents. If paid on-site, the cost is $8 per person, and availability of space is not guaranteed.
For more information about this program, call (913) 826-2800. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.