Ernie Miller Nature Center

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Highlights

  • Plenty of short hikes, which are perfect for little legs.
  • See a variety of animals up close — owls, fish, and turtles —  in the Nature Center. They also have puzzles and books.
  • There’s a small gift shop with friendly staff members. We left with crawly toy bugs to take home.
  • They offer birthday parties for kids ages 5 to 11. Choose from a variety of themes including Snake Celebration and Enchanted Forest.
  • Be sure to pick up a pamphlet outlining their Preschool Nature Awareness Programs for kids ages 3 to 5.

Tot Spot Tips

  • Our favorite hike is the Lower Ridge Trail. It includes a lovely bridge (pictured above) and a short uphill climb with a view. Stick to the paved trails if you’re feeling less adventurous.
  • Check out the cool fort behind the nature center.
  • Use the signs to determine which trail you’re on; the arrows are color-coded. Google maps can identify where you are on the trail, which makes the venture less nerve-racking.
  • Pets and bikes prohibited.
  • We invested in a hiking backpack, and its been worth every penny.

Website

http://erniemiller.com/

Ages

All ages welcome.

Hours

Trails

Open dawn until dusk.

Nature Center

March 1 – October 31
Monday–Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm
June, July and August: closed on Sunday

November 1 – February 28
Monday-Saturday: 9:300 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 daily.

Cost

Free

Location

Phone

(913) 764-7759

Parking

Ample free parking. There’s a lengthy walk to the nature center. Try to identify all the fun tracks in the pavement on your way!

Please check the event’s website for most current information before you pack up the kids.

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