Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 6

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for Sunday Afternoon Nature Programs for educational and entertaining programs. The programs begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $2.75 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two are free.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. January presentations will include: Jan. 6 Mother Nature - Environmental stories will be presented by Mother Nature and her animal friends. Meet a relative of an endangered species and hear stories from around the world. Learn more about what you can do to help wildlife and our home on earth.

Jan. 13 Being Bold in the Cold - Discover how dangerous cold weather can be. Find out what tools and traits can help you survive the cold weather if you get lost on a hike, including how to build a fire. Learn about how three animals are adapted to the cold, and meet a live rabbit.

Jan. 20 Birds of Prey - By day or by night, out of the sky flies a rodent’s nightmare, the birds of prey. Join our Interpretive Staff as they discuss why rodents fear these great birds. Using live birds, participants will see close-up examples of these majestic raptors and their special adaptations.

Jan. 27 Whose Scat is That? - Ever stepped in smelly scat from an animal and thought, “Yuck, whose poop is that?” Yes, we said poop. If you want to be scientific, call it scat. All scat tells a story; unlock the hidden secrets of an animal’s life. Learn to identify our local critters by their scat and tracks and see live animals that make the nature center their home.

The Sunday Family series will continue in February with the following presentations: Feb. 3, Snakes Alive; Feb. 10, Monster Quest; Feb. 17, Owls: Eyes of the Night; Feb. 24, Wildlife Webs.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 “nature programs.” For more information on the Sunday Nature Programs, call (913) 764-7759.

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