Park and 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.
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.
|Visitor center, Restroom, Picnic shelter.|
Camping not allowed.
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Old South Trail
(1.75 miles); Ridge Trail (0.75 mile);
Bittersweet Nature Trail (0.33 mile,
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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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The entity responsible for management of Ernie Miller
County Parks & Recreation. If you have specific
questions about use or management of the site, contact them at (913) 764-7759.
Click here to visit their web site.
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Chickadee Checkoff Program
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