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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

JCPRD presents Homeschool Art programs for ages 5 to 15 beginning Jan. 9 & 10
December 12, 2018

Youth can join their friends on an adventure into art during a homeschool program being offered beginning in early January by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

Homeschool Art is the name of this program, which is for ages five to 15, and is  designed to supplement homeschool curriculum. Participants will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation. Two different themes for Homeschool Art programs with sessions starting in early January are being offered: Art Adventures, for ages five to ten, and Advanced Art Adventures for ages 11 to 15. 

All of these programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. These classes involve 11 two-hour sessions at a cost of $95 per person for Johnson County residents or $99 per person for nonresidents.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fine &performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.” 

Two different sessions of Art Adventures and Advanced Art Adventures are offered beginning in early January. One session of Art Adventures meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, while the other meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. One session of Advanced Art Adventures meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, while the other meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com by clicking on the times listed above. 

Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme "Clay Creations,"  will be offered beginning April 4. These include a session of ages five to ten and another for ages 11 to 15.  

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

New Bitty Ball Basketball programs for two age groups begin early January
December 12, 2018

New Bitty Ball Basketball programs for two different age groups of girls and boys are being offered beginning in early January by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

Separate Bitty Ball programs for ages four to five and six to seven are being offered beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Okun Fieldhouse. Coach Sean Birdsong of Nothing But Net Sports will direct these programs, which are geared toward introducing young athletes to ball handling, passing, shooting, offense and defense. Players will be divided into groups and scrimmages will be introduced. Players will receive a T-shirt. Class will not meet on Jan. 20. 

Search for the keyword "basketball" to find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings.

The Bitty Ball program for ages four to five begins at 4:30  p.m., while the program for ages six to seven begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Okun Fieldhouse, located inside the Mid-America West Sports Complex, 20,200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee. Both Bitty Ball programs involve four 50-minute sessions at a cost of $45 per child for Johnson County residents, or  $47 per person for nonresidents.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com for the program for ages four to five or the program for ages six to seven.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

“What Am I? A Picture Quiz Book” is subject of next museum Retro Storytime program
December 12, 2018

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly from January through April at the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Storytime and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy a craft activity for little hands. Stories change monthly. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through April at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “museum program.” 

The first program in the new season is called “What Am I? A Picture Quiz Book,” and will take place on Jan. 9. Participants can listen to the clues and help guess the answers in this interactive Little Golden Book from 1949. 

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

Other upcoming Retro Storytime programs this season will include: “The Little Red Caboose”  on Feb. 13, "Four Little Kittens" on March 20, and “The Golden Egg Book" on April 30.

  The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Free Coffee with the Birds program offered at Ernie Miller Nature Center
December 12, 2018

Come enjoy winter bird watching from the comfort of an indoor wildlife viewing room during an informal program being offered for ages 18 and older at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center.

With the lack of foliage and increased sight distance, winter is a great time for bird watching. Chickadees, woodpeckers, juncos, cedar waxwings, and many more are commonly seen at the center's feeders. 

This free eight-week program is called Coffee with the Birds and involves an invitation to interested parties to come sit, visit, and drink free coffee as they watch birds at the nature center's feeders between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays between Jan. 8 and Feb. 26. No registration or reservations are required and participants can come and go as they please. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD  Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “bird watching.” 

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 6 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
December 12, 2018

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for Sunday Family Nature Programs. Presentations  begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two  are free. 

January presentations will include:

  • Jan. 6: Weird Wonders of Wildlife - Discover unusual wildlife found in Kansas and their strange adaptations. See a legless lizard, a stick insect, and other weird animals.
  • Jan. 13: Killer Beaks and Feet - See live raptors, and discover their adaptations that make them such excellent hunters. 
  • Jan. 20: Snakes Alive - See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world.
  • Jan. 27: Kansas Symbols  - Celebrate Kansas' Statehood Day, which this year falls on Jan. 29! See some of the natural symbols live and in person, including live animals.

The Sunday Family Series will continue in February with “Know Your Scat” on Feb. 3; “Ferrets in Kansas” on Feb. 10; “Furs and the Frontier” on Feb. 17; and “Wildlife Who’s Who” on Feb. 24.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs in the My 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 “nature programs.” For more information on the Sunday nature programs, call (913) 826-2800.

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