Ernie Miller Nature Center

909 North Highway 7
Olathe, Kansas 66061
 (913) 764-7759

Open Tuesday - Sunday year around
Detailed hours   Free

Snapping turtle at Ernie Miller Nature Center - Olathe, Kansas
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Wild bird area outside Ernie Miller Nature Center

The 113 acre Ernie Miller Nature Center and park in Olathe, Kansas was purchased by the City of Olathe in 1966. It offers 3 miles of trails that are open from dawn to dusk, and the nature center which is open limited hours on Tuesday through Sunday. Visiting the park and nature center is free, but there are fees for certain activities.

The Nature Center has an outdoor amphitheater, large stream aquarium, bird feeder court with butterfly & hummingbird gardens, and other exhibits including live amphibians, turtles & snakes. Ernie Miller has several cages for the display of live birds of pray and was exhibiting a red tail hawk and a great horned owl at the time this was written. More owls were expected at that time.

There is also a small Nature's Corner Gift Shop.

Over 170 species of birds may be seen at Ernie Miller Nature Center during various seasons of the year. They include osprey,  8 species of hawks, and 2 species of falcons.

On Sunday afternoons this January and February, Ernie Miller Nature Center is providing entertainment and educational programs. The programs begin at 2PM and are approximately 45 long. They are presented by Park Naturalists and Ernie Miller Park Police Officers. $2.50 per person for ages 3 and older. More details

Ernie Miller Nature Center Hours
November - March

Tuesday - Saturday: 9AM-4:30PM 
Sunday: 12:30-4:30PM 

April - October

Tuesday - Saturday: 9AM-4:30PM
Sun: 1-5PM 
Closed on Sunday in June, July & August

Nature Center closed from Noon till 1PM
Trails and outdoor exhibits open dawn to dusk

Ernie Miller Nautre Center stream aquarium
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) in the Ernie Miller Nature Center stream aquarium

A comfortable spot to watch wild birds at the bird feeders and use bird identification guides.
A microphone brings the sounds of the birds inside.

Start of one of the Ernie Miller Nature Center's 3 miles of hiking trails.

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