April 2023

Ernie Miller Nature Center offers a wide variety of programming

for all ages. Check out what's happening this month!

Visit our website or follow us on our Instagram & Facebook to explore the fun!

TimberRidge Open House

TimberRidge Adventure Center Open House

(All Ages)

Apr. 29

9 am - 3 pm


Choose from several activities during our annual Open House: canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, hiking, BB gun shooting, and archery. Participants need to be 8 years or older for the BB gun and archery range activities.

This is a free event, activities will be first come first serve and registration is only required if you want to climb on the Hawk's Nest Tower.  

Hawks Nest Climbing Wall Open House (Ages 12 & Older) on April 29 at TimberRidge Adventure Center.

NEW EVENT - May the Forest be with You

May the Forest be with You 

(Ages 5 & Older with Adult)

May. 5

Multiple Evening Sessions are Available

$9 / $10 nonresidents

"May the Forest be with You" is an exciting outdoor/indoor event for families that combines the wonder of nature and space science with the magic of Star Wars®.

You and your family will attend a Jedi academy and explore outer space in our state-of-the-art planetarium. See live raptors up close and learn about how birds navigate the darkness. Meet your favorite Star Wars® characters and immerse yourself in a far, far away galaxy.

Costumes and cosplay are welcomed and encouraged!

Fee is non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, the entire program will be indoors.

Fun for All

Go Green Rain Barrel Work Shop

(Ages 18 & Older)

Apr. 1

9 am - Noon

$60 / $66 nonresidents

During this class participants will construct their own rain barrel and learn how to hook it up when they get home.

Rise and Shine Yoga

(Ages 16 and older)

Apr. 5

6 am

$32 / $35 nonresidents

Start your day with an invigorating yoga practice at Ernie Miller Nature Center. This is yoga for anybody. All are welcome

No experience necessary! 

Family Night Hike

(Ages 6 & Older with Adult)

Apr. 7

7 pm

$9 / $10 nonresidents

Visit the habitats of Ernie Miller Park as the sun sets and the animals of the night explore the darkness on a guided hike. See live animals and biofacts up close indoors before our trek outside through the park.

Spring Bird Walk

(Ages 18 & Older)

Apr. 11

7:30 am - 9 am

$8 / $9 nonresidents

Join us for a morning walk in the woods to look for spring migrants and resident birds. Get help spotting and identifying different species.

Flowing with Nature

(Ages 18 & Older)

Apr. 15

1 pm - 4:30 pm

$39 / $43 nonresidents

Exhale as you take in the beauty of TimberRidge Adventure Center’s lakefront property with kayaking and yoga. This award-winning program is sure to help you relax!

Map & Compass Work Shop

(Ages 16 & Older and Children 10 Years & Older if Accompanied by Parent/Guardian)

Apr. 29

9 am - Noon

$15 / $17 nonresidents

Do you like to hike cross-country but fear losing your way?

This beginner’s workshop introduces you to orienteering, a fun way of learning the basic skills for using a topographic map and a magnetic compass.


Animal Tales Storytime

(Ages 2-6 with Adult)

Apr. 5 - Silly Spider

Apr. 19 Animal Home

10:30 am - 11 am

$3 per person

Listen, learn, and meet a special animal friend! Join our park naturalists for animal stories and surprises geared toward preschool-age children. 

Passport to Adventure 2023


Gather your family and pick up your Passport to Adventures at Ernie! Take the passport to area natural and historical sites and get it stamped each time. You can pick up your passport by visiting Ernie Miller Nature Center's front desk.

For more information, call 913-826-2800 or visit kcpassport.com.


Spring is Field Trip Season at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Since 1985, Ernie Miller has hosted over 38,000 students in its award-winning program Ecology Encounters. This day-long program, designed for fourth through sixth grades, involves a problem-solving process to discover the mysteries of the circle of life. Through deductive reasoning, the students find clues to earn puzzle pieces.

These puzzle pieces are later presented to the keepers of the circle to solve the mystery and find the treasure. During this morning session, the staff helps the students relate to the prairie habitat and understand the history of prairie destruction. Later, students are given the chance to save a prairie threatened by development.

Through this process, students learn and use skills including map and compass reading, field guide use, tracking and deductive reasoning.

After the morning programs, children are introduced to the Producer, Consumer, and Decomposer. These three costumed staff members perform a short skit and provide the students with The program concludes with the presentation of “Keeper of the Circle” coins to each student. These coins represent the student’s responsibility to pass the secrets of the treasure to future generations to preserve our natural resources.

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