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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

New Evening Kayak Excursion offered for adults on Oct. 7 & 14 in Shawnee Mission Park
September 13, 2017

Enjoy an evening on the water  in Shawnee Mission Park through a new program being offered twice in October for adults by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called Evening Kayak Excursion and is for ages 18 and older. Participants can hear the croaks and splash of frogs, the hooting of owls, and view the park from a different perspective. Space is limited and registration is required. Kayaks and life jackets are provided. One session is a Beginner Excursion, which will start with a safety briefing and basic instruction, while the other is an Intermediate Excursion, which requires kayaking skills. Basic swimming skills are required for both excursions. The instructor for these programs is Johnson County Park Police Officer Seth Salmans.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “boating.”

This program is offered on two different Saturday dates, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. The beginner session (barcode 40676) will take place  on  Oct. 7, while the intermediate session will take place on Oct. 14 (barcode 40677). Both programs will meet near at the boat ramp at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. The cost  for one one-and-one-half-hour session is $24 per person for Johnson County residents or $26 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register by phone, 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 one of the barcodes listed above.

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

Explore past fashion trends during Johnson County Museum's next Homeschool History Adventures! session on Oct. 4 & 5
September 13, 2017

Would you wear suspenders? Carry a parasol? Wear feed-sack underwear? Past fashion trends are the focus when the next Homeschool History Adventures! program takes place on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Johnson County Museum.

October sessions are called What to Wear. Participants will Explore history’s closet by examining rarely-seen pieces from our collection, discussing the “what” and “why” of Johnson County’s fashion past, and trying some clothes-related games and activities on for size. For extra fun, students are invited come in a costume from your favorite period in history. This program is offered at two different dates and times. One program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 (barcode 40613), while the other will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 (barcode 40614).

During these programs, which are for ages eight to 12, homeschoolers will unearth the treasure of our local history. 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 above.

Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures! programs this season will include: "The original Kansans" on Nov. 1 and 2 (barcodes 40616 and 40617), and “Life on the Homefront” on Dec. 6 and 7 (barcodes 40618 and 40619).

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.”

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.

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents two 50 Plus Travel Shows on Oct. 3
September 13, 2017

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 two Travel Shows on Oct. 3 at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.

During these free three-hour events, participants will meet their 50 Plus travel professionals while previewing our scheduled destinations and beautiful vacation spots.  Learn about the benefits of choosing to travel with us and see photos of our past travel experiences.  Brochures and itineraries are available to help you choose where you want to go on your first trip, your tenth trip, or your 50th trip!  Attendees are eligible for door prizes and Travel Show booking incentives.

One Travel Show will take place beginning at 1 p.m., while another will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m., both on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the  Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, in the former King Louie Building. 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 My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Cub Scouts Bear Adventure event is Sept. 30 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
September 6, 2017

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 late September will let scouts meet all the requirements for this program in one two-hour session.

This will be the fourth year the nature center has presented a Cub Scout oriented program in the fall. 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. This program will be led by JCPRD park naturalists and park police officers.

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

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 30, 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 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 39973.

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

Cars in the Park event on Sept. 30 benefits Special Olympians
September 6, 2017

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are anticipated for the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 30, at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for JCPRD’s Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. Part of the fun is seeing what area residents dust off and retrieve from their garages to display. Participant choice judging will be used for awards. 

All proceeds from Cars in the Park benefit the JCPRD’s Special Olympics / Special Populations department. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events.

For anyone interested in entering the show, vehicle registrations are being taken through the day of the event. All participants must be registered and on-site by noon to be judged. Special Olympian athletes will be voting on their favorite entry for the Athletes Choice Award. For those exhibiting vehicles, the fee is $20 per vehicle until the day of the show when it increases to $25. For participants, there will be a 50/50 pot and raffle. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 40292.

For businesses, Cars in the Park also offers sponsorship opportunities and booth space during the event.

To learn more or to register for the event, call Special Populations Coordinator Lindsey Minnick at (913) 826-3027.

The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park and is accessible via a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.

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