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Do you enjoy hiking cross-country, but fear losing your way? If so, join the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for a Map and Compass Orientation Workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.
Learn the basic skills of using a topographic map and a magnetic compass in this beginner's workshop for ages 16 and older and children accompanied by a parent or guardian. This beginner's workshop is taught by members of the Possum Trot Orienteering Club and will introduce participants to orienteering, a fun way of learning the basic skills for using a topographic map and a magnetic compass. The program includes a practice orienteering hike in the park. Workbook and the loan of a compass are provided. Remember to dress for the weather. 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 keywords “map & compass.”
The cost for this three-hour workshop is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 41284.
For participants ages three to 18, this program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, call (913) 826-2950.
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
Whether or not you've seen or experienced the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center, an open house scheduled for Saturday, April 28, is your next chance to do so. Also on the same day, a related open house for the center's 40-foot-tall Hawk's Nest Climbing Tower will give interested parties 12 and older who register in advance a free opportunity to experience the tower's two climbing walls.
The TimberRidge Adventure Center is located at 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, and is a 200-plus acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of this annual event, the facility is accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.
The TimberRidge Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the Climbing Tower Open House will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The open house events are meant to give visitors an opportunity to explore the facility, which is used primarily for adventure and challenge programming, as well as for rental opportunities for a variety of events, including outdoor weddings, corporate events and picnics, and family reunions.
Open house activities will include: kayaking, canoeing, and pedal boating on Catfish Pond, the largest of TimberRidge’s three ponds, and use of the facility’s archery and BB gun ranges for ages 8 and older. Cops-n-Bobbers, a local non-profit organization with the goal of bringing kids, police, and the community together for educational and fun community events, will have a mobile station with rods, reels, and bait available, or you can bring your own. All ages are welcome to participate in the Family Fun Treasure Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Johnson County MedAct will also be onsite with a fire truck, and will be teaching hands only CPR. The agency met its goal of teaching this life-saving technique to 50,000 residents in 2017, and is continuing to teach it and explain how chest compression only CPR really does make a difference and saves lives.
In addition, the center’s trails will be open for hiking and fishing in the ponds is allowed. anglers are allowed to take fish from the ponds as long as they are following state creel and length limits. While JCPRD fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, which will not be sold on-site.
The Challenge Course is central to TimberRidge and is used to promote problem solving, and enhance teamwork through safe and challenging situations.
The activities at the center’s 40-foot-tall Hawk’s Nest Climbing Tower will give interested parties 12 and older who register in advance a free opportunity to experience the tower’s two climbing walls. Participants will be required to complete medical and liability releases prior to participating, and those under 18 will also need the signature of a parent or guardian. To register, fill out the registration form or call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.
The open house is also an opportunity to give the public a look at two other features of the facility including the Whispering Pines Shelter, which can accommodate groups of up to 200 people and the large curving deck on the back of the Welcome Center which can accommodate up to 80 people.
This event is held in conjunction with Outdoor Kansas Kids Day. Started in 2001, this program is an initiative of Kansas Wildscape to provide multiple outdoor recreation opportunities for Kansas youth with adult partnering and mentoring to encourage outdoor recreational opportunities, and promote and provide an active lifestyle as an alternative to sedentary activities. The program covers the entire state of Kansas and involves Kansas State Parks as well as other organizations and venues such as city and county park and recreation departments.
For more information about the open houses or the TimberRidge Adventure Center, contact Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.
The public will have an opportunity to explore and fish at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Mildale Farm property during a Mildale Farm Community Day set for Saturday, April 28.
The five-hour event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres of agricultural property, all of which was purchased by JCPRD in 2005. Visitors will be directed to park in the large lot near Mildale Farm’s main barn.
The public can bring their own bait and tackle and practice catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area. While District fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 64 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, which will not be sold on-site.
Arts and crafts activities for kids will take place in the main barn and visitors can explore and picnic on the grounds. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property, the high-quality equestrian-style barn featuring peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor, will be open. Restrooms will be available, but the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event.
Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as at other district properties. Among them: no alcohol, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park Police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision. To find this program in the 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 keywords “family fun.”
Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Homestead Lane. Proceed north on Homestead Lane. Turn left onto 199th Street and proceed west 1.6 miles. Mildale Farm will be on the right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Sunflower Road and proceed north of Sunflower Road 0.7 miles. Turn left onto to 207th St., and proceed west for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto 8th St. (Edgerton Road) and proceed north 1 mile. Turn right onto 56 Highway and proceed east 1 mile. Turn right onto 199th St. Mildale Farm will be on the left.
For more information about this event, call Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.
Watch for a late spring opening for Phase I developments at the 1,980-acre future Big Bull Creek Park, of which the Mildale Farm site will be a part. A combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation to be located just north of the intersection of Four Corners Road and 199th St. Other anticipated amenities include a parking lot, two picnic shelters, a restroom, a nature themed playground, and a three-quarter-mile paved trail on Sunflower Road north of 207th St., and a group campground near 213th St. east of Spoon Creek Road.
Suit up and celebrate National Superhero Day with your little crime-stopper during a new special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late April.
This event is called Superhero Saturday and will take place on Saturday, April 28. Costumes are encouraged for this action-packed morning. Activities will include superhero training, a scavenger hunt, art activities, and a party favor. In case of inclement weather, this event will be held indoors at the Roeland Park Community Center.
"All superheroes are welcome! It would be fun to see Super Moms and Super Dads," said Recreation Coordinator Lisa Scharnak, who is planning this event. " The activities will be fun for all family members. I expect we’ll see a lot of heroes from the Black Panther movie in addition to traditional favorites. We need advanced registrations in order to run the event so that we can be prepare the right amount of supplies; due to this, we cannot always accommodate walkups. Currently, the event is limited to 20 families. If there is a large waitlist in advance, we can add another session."
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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “special event.”
This event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28.The cost for one 90-minute event is $12 per child ages 16 and under for Johnson County residents or $13 per child 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,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 41709.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, and Shelter #2 is located at the east end of Small Lakes Road. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.
Superhero Saturday is also eligible for credit in the Social 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.
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 2018 Camp Guide is now available online, and hard copies are available in all Johnson County Libraries.
Registration for camps begin Monday, Jan. 29. Online registration starts at 6 a.m., and in-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration office located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam.
Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Many camps fill quickly, so don’t delay or you may find your first choices unavailable.
For faster, easier registration go to jcprd.com and create an account before searching or registering for camps.
In all, nearly 60 camp programs are listed in this year’s guide, including camps for ages 3 through 18. Camps range from full-day to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests, including more than 25 camps new in 2018.
Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with weekly start dates from June 4 through July 30; other camps begin throughout the summer. This year’s camps take place at locations throughout Johnson County. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kansas is turning 157 years old on Monday, Jan. 29, and Johnson County is offering three activities to join the celebration, have fun and learn more about state symbols.
Kansas Day is celebrated annually to commemorate when Kansas became the 34th state entered into the Union, after statehood was approved by U.S. Congress on Jan. 29, 1861.
Johnson County’s events will take place a couple of days ahead of Kansas Day, beginning on Jan. 27, when residents are invited to “Meet the Animals of Kansas” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Johnson County Museum in the county’s Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
The program will feature the American Bison and tiger salamander; information about the state’s natural symbols, including the sunflower; details about the Kansas flag; and the opportunity to interact with hands-on items and live animals.
Also on Jan. 27, the museum is planning a “Happy Birthday Kansas” celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include the opportunity to explore the museum’s signature exhibition, featuring the 1950s All-Electric House; play in KidScape; tour the temporary exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50!” and enjoy hands-on fun with activities and crafts for all ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No pre-registration required for either event with admission upon arrival. Admission for each activity is $5 for adult, $4 for senior (60+) and $3 for children. Museum members are free.
The Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North K-7 Highway, Olathe, will showcase “Kansas Symbols as part of its Sunday Family Nature Services from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 28.
The program will feature some of the state’s natural symbols, including live animals. The cost of the program, with payment on site, is $3 per person, including adults (ages 2 and under are free). Pre-registration is not required. More information is available by calling 913-764-7759.
Give the gift that gives all year long! Museum memberships offer a host of benefits including FREE admission to all three museum galleries all year long, discounts on programs and museum store items, invittations to exhibit openings and members only events, plus an e-newsletter to stay up to date on all that's happening at the museum.
Memberships are valid from one year from the purchase date and there are two options:
Family Memberships $50
Purchase today by calling 913-715-2575.
The Johnson County Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a new exhibition showcasing objects from the museum's collection that relate to the traditional and modern anniversary gifts. From the first anniversary of paper, all the way to the gold for the 50th, come celebrate 50 years with us! The exhibit is on view through April 7, 2018, in the museum's changing gallery. Regular admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), and $3 for children 1-17. Members get in free!
Look for the new issue of The Best Times, the county’s publication informing and supporting Johnson County’s 60+ adults. This month’s cover story is about preventing falls, the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Other articles include topics such as the Veterans Treatment Court, improved access to health and human services and preparing for severe weather season. The Best Times Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed six times per year to Johnson County residents who are 60 plus.
The March/April 2017 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on The Best Times Magazine page of our website.
The Johnson County Museum is gearing up for its big move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The official closing day of the museum (including KidScape) at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee is set for Saturday, Sept. 3. The museum will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to visit one last time.
And with every move there is, of course, a moving sale! Items in the gift shop are discounted, so stop by and also pick up a gift and maybe some retro candy (members – don’t forget your ten percent discount).
In the meantime, members and the public can enjoy their favorite programs this fall at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Avenue in Shawnee.
The Johnson County Museum is planning its grand opening at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in May 2017. Museum staff looks forward to moving into the new location and are excited to share with you a brand new signature exhibition, an expanded and updated KidScape and other great programs!
For more information about the upcoming move please visit the Johnson County Museum Foundation.