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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

Free Tree Planting Workshop set for Oct. 4 in Stoll Park
September 20, 2017

Are you looking to beautify your yard, create shade or privacy and don’t know how to get started? A free workshop being presented in early October can help.

The free Tree Planting Workshop will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, near the new playground in Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, located at 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park. The workshop is being presented by Green Outdoors and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and is for ages 18 and older.

Participants will get the inside scoop on how to successfully plant trees, and about what trees work best in Johnson County soil and climate, the process of planting a tree, and keys to successfully establishing young trees. Four trees will be provided for planting in the park courtesy of Green Outdoors. Luke and Bobby Young of Green Outdoors and Heritage Park’s Kelly Loomis will be on hand to give a live tree planting demonstration, and answer your questions on how to plant and grow a healthy tree.

No registration is necessary for this program. Boots and gloves are optional for this hands-on experience.

For more information about this workshop, call Green Outdoors at (913) 609-5612.


Waste Management, Inc. donates $25,000 to the Johnson County Museum
September 13, 2017

The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce Waste Management, Inc.’s, donation of  $25,000 to the Johnson County Museum Foundation.

Area Vice President of Waste Management Mike Watson presented the check to Foundation President Larry Meeker at the museum. In doing so, Watson stated, “We want to support key community organizations that add significant value to the community while aligning with Waste Management’s commitment to investing in the Kansas City area and our company’s values.”

The gift is in recognition of the outstanding work the museum and its foundation provides to the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Specifically, the museum’s focus on children and education with its KidScape experience at the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

“We are extremely grateful for this support from Waste Management, and their recognition of the top-notch experiences we provide for our community’s children and families,” Museum Foundation Meeker stated.  Since opening on June 10, the museum has already served 30,000 visitors.

KidScape provides the museum’s youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore our community’s past. Learning through play, children ages two and older can interact in 3,500 square feet of fun in 11 unique environments representing rural, urban, and suburban areas.  From life on an 1870s farmstead to the cityscape of 1900 with the City Market, theater, and school, and ending with a suburban diner, hospital, city hall, construction zone, and park with a secret cave.  Kidscape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play as well as unique field trip opportunities for local elementary schools. KidScape, along with the museum’s signature exhibition, “Becoming Johnson County,” were funded by a capital campaign spearheaded by the Museum Foundation.  At the time of opening, 95 percent of the $1.8 million goal had been raised.  This gift will support the remaining balance for the KidScape experience.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults $4 for seniors 60+ and $3 for children 1-18.

As of January 2016, the Johnson County Museum became part of Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD), which manages the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.  To learn more about the museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, please visit www.jocoahc.com.

For more information, or to make a donation to the museum’s capital campaign, individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact JCPRD Development Director Jay Hinrichs at (913) 826-3448 or jay.hinrichs@jocogov.org or Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

Learn about the 1800s during 50 Plus Day Trip to Nebraska City, Neb., on Oct. 7
September 13, 2017

Experience what life was like in the Civil War era during an early October day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Eighteen Hundreds  is the name of this trip, which will take travelers to Nebraska City, Neb. Participants will watch a live Civil War reenactment followed by a tour of Nebraska’s first nationally-recognized Underground Railroad historic site, The Mayhew Cabin and the John Brown Cave. The group will dine at the Lied Lodge for lunch before going to the Arbor Lodge for a tour of J. Sterling Morton’s family home. The 52-room mansion is full of countless historic artifacts. Morton and his wife envisioned a greener more tree-filled world and founded Arbor Day on April 10, 1872. It is believed that on the first Arbor Day, one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Please bring a folding chair for the Civil War reenactment.

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

This trip will leave at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7,  from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 6 p.m. that day. The cost for this 11 hour day trip, including admissions, lunch, and transportation,  is $83 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40338.

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 the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.


Whimsical Woods program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 7
September 13, 2017

There's nothing scary about a Halloween special event being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park in early October. The program is called Whimsical Woods and is for ages 11 and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Participants will enjoy a walk on the park's trail with the award-winning staff of the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Costumed storybook characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. This program consists of a short trail walk with stations featuring interpreters who interact with participants. Participants will meet the Good Fairy and Forest Friends.  In addition, there will be live animals, stories, songs, and surprises. Group sessions will begin every 15 minutes, and for participants, the program length will be about one and one-half hours. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 keyword “Halloween.”

Whimsical Woods is offered  beginning every 15 minutes from 1 to 3:15  p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, when paid in advance, or $7 per person onsite on the day of the event, if space is available. Register by calling (913) 831-3359 or online by following the green “Register for Activities” link at www.jcprd.com, and then completing a barcode search for any of the codes listed below.

For the 1 p.m. session, search for 39846. Codes for the other sessions are as follows: 1:15 p.m., 39847; 1:30 p.m., 39848; 1:45 p.m., 39849; 2 p.m., 39850; 2:15 p.m., 39851; 2:30 p.m., 39852; 2:45 p.m., 39853; 3 p.m., 39854; and 3:15 p.m., 39855. For more information about this program call (913) 764-7759.

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

Johnson County Museum celebrates 50th anniversary with two Family Fun Day events on Oct. 7
September 13, 2017

Happy Anniversary to the Johnson County Museum! Bring the whole family to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum during two special events for all ages being planned on Oct. 7.

The events include a  Healthy Hip Hop presented by “H3TV,” followed by Family Day at the Johnson County Museum. Both will take place beginning at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The cost for either event is the regular museum admission rate, which is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60+, $3 for children , and museum members are free. Advance registration is not required for either event, as participants can purchase admission upon arrival.

Award winning children’s entertainers, Rappin’ Roy and Reggie Regg the magic man from H3TV,  will present “Healthy Hip Hop,” and help participants stay in shape with their show, “Keep It Moving!” Enjoy dancing, magic, live animals, audience participation, age appropriate comedy, and lots of fun! This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will last about one hour.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Family Fun Day is a three-hour drop in program which will give participants a chance to explore the museum’s signature exhibition featuring the 1950s All-Electric House, and play in KidScape! Visitors can also tour our temporary exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50!” Have hands-on fun with activities and crafts offered in the museum from 11:30 to 2:30 pm.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all, then under special events. In the printed catalog,  look for the keywords “family fun.”

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 


Upcoming Events

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September 22, 2017 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Family Fishing Night

September 23, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Flight of the Monarch

September 24, 2017 | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Fall Public Hayride

September 29, 2017 | 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

50 Plus Plants of the Prairie

September 30, 2017 | 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Cars in the Park