Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center

Ernie Miller Nature Center
Ernie Miller Nature Center
- Photo by Jim Mason

A beautiful, relaxing spot, Ernie Miller Park, on the west edge of Olathe, was created to heighten awareness of the natural world.  The nature center has many interesting interpretive displays,  including a stream aquarium and a bird-feeder court with butterfly and hummingbird gardens.  A large meadow area between the nature center and the entrance road is ablaze with wildflowers.

Outside, the Bittersweet Nature Trail, Ridge Trail, and Old South Trail are walking paths which allow you to meander along streams and through riparian and oak-hickory woodlands and native prairie.

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Big and little bluestem, switchgrass, Indiangrass, and numerous species of wildflowers are found in the prairie. The woodlands include American elm, hackberry, black walnut, bur oak, bittersweet, sumac, and buckbrush. Mammals sighted year-round are white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, raccoons, gray squirrels, and fox squirrels.  In summer, five-lined skinks and slender glass lizards can be seen scampering and slithering through woodland debris. Many species of sparrows and warblers migrate through the area in the spring and fall. Nesting varieties include warblers, vireos, thrushes, thrashers, swifts, and swallows. Rough-legged hawks are frequently observed in the winter, as are black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, American goldfinches, and dark-eyed juncos.

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Trail icon Old South Trail (1.75 miles); Ridge Trail (0.75 mile);
Bittersweet Nature Trail (0.33 mile, handicapped-accessible)

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Ernie Miller Nature Center is near
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Directions: From 1-35 travel west on Santa Fe through Olathe to K-7. Travel north about 1.5 miles. The entrance is on the west side of K-7.

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Ernie Miller is Johnson County Parks & Recreation.  If you have specific questions about use or management of the site, contact them at (913) 764-7759.   113 acres
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