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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

Art Portfolio Prep class for adults beginning April 8 is part of B1V1 partnership
March 13, 2019

Artists are invited to learn how to  get their digital portfolios up to snuff  during a new class being offered in early April by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This class is called Art Portfolio Prep B1V1 and is part of a partnership between the Arts Council of Johnson County After Action Network’s Operation: Art, and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Participants in this Art Portfolio Prep class for ages 18 and older will work with professional artists to capture their efforts in a digital portfolio ready to be presented to the arts community. This workshop will lead up to an evening networking event for portfolio review with arts leaders. 

The arts partnership comes into play because this program is part of the Buy One Vet One (B1V1)  program.  Any program designated as B1V1 will include an additional $5 fee allowing a veteran to join the same participating program at no cost. This charitable program is presented as part of a grant awarded by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Learn more about Operation: Art by visiting afteractionnetwork.org. 

To find the Art Portfolio Prep class in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.” 

Art Portfolio Prep  B1V1 will  take place beginning at 6 p.m. Mondays starting April 8 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for three two-hour sessions is $100 per person for Johnson County residents or $110 per person for nonresidents. Register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Cake Decorating 101 for boys and girls set for April 6
March 13, 2019

Boys and girls can discover how fun and easy it is to decorate a beautiful cake during a class being offered in early April by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Cake Decorating 101 is the name of this program for ages eight to 13.  Participants will learn decorating techniques needed to create great-looking cakes for birthdays or any occasion. Topics to be covered include the basics of coloring icing, decorating techniques, and using appropriate tools. Young cooks will get to take home their masterpiece and wow the family! All supplies are included. 

To find this program online at JCPRD.com, browse first under youth then under enrichment & special interests. Note that this program was not included in the printed January through April My JCPRD Activities catalog. 

Cake Decorating 101 will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6  at the Roeland Park Community Center,  Center, located 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland  Park. The cost for one two-hour session  is $38 per person for Johnson County residents or $42 per person for nonresidents or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

JCPRD presents Homeschool Art programs for ages 5 to 15 beginning April 4
March 19, 2019

This program 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. The themes for the two Homeschool Art programs beginning in April is "Clay Creations." 

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 Clay Creations are offered on Thursdays beginning April 4. One session is for ages five to ten and will meet at 10 a.m., while the other is for ages 11 to 15, and will meet at 1 p.m. Both programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The classes involve four two-hour sessions at a cost of $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or to register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the age groups above.

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

JCPRD's Roeland Park ECDC and Natureplay Preschool to conduct annual open houses
March 13, 2019

Open houses for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Early Childhood Development Center at the Roeland Park Community Center and the Natureplay preschool at the Mill Creek Activity Center will take place  on Thursday, April 4. 

The Roeland Park location's open house, as well as the Natureplay open house, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. During the open houses, parents will have an opportunity to visit with teachers and tour the centers. Enrollment materials will be available and enrollment at this time is encouraged as space is limited. This is the only open house for fall registration. A nonrefundable fee will reserve a space for a child in the 2019-20 program, which begins in September.

The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood  Dr., Roeland Park, (913) 826-3171; while the Mill Creek Activity Center and Natureplay is located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, (913) 826-2958. 

Roeland Park Early Childhood Development Center is an all-day program that focuses on hands-on learning activities in the morning along with free-choice activities.  Planned activities include; cooking, STEM, letter and number recognition, gardening, and much more. We serve a well-balanced lunch along with healthy morning and afternoon snacks.  Outdoor play along with strong imaginative play are components to our environment. Director Maureen O’Grady has an elementary degree along with a Montessori Training Certificate.  

Natureplay Preschool is a discovery-based learning program for ages three through five. The program offers half-day preschool with one-, to five-days-a-week options, as well as occasional stand-alone programs meant to supplement other learning opportunities and provide children with extended opportunities for outdoor exploration.  Natureplay Director Rosanna Munoz holds degrees in biology and early childhood education has been leading JCPRD early childhood programs since 2002.

Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness class offered on April 4, 11, 18 & 25 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
March 13, 2019

Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness is the name of this program, which is for ages six and older with a parent. In this class led by a certified youth yoga instructor, participants will combine the positive effects of being outdoors as they explore, hike, and try yoga along the trails. A short animal presentation will follow every session. All children must be accompanied by paying adult. In case of inclement weather, activities will be indoors. 

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

Each single-session offering of Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness will meet at 10 a.m. on  a Thursday in April, including April 4,  April 11April 18, and April 25.  The cost for one one-hour program is $5 per person for Johnson County residents and $6 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or to register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the dates listed above.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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