Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center is a 116-acre nature park, consisting of a diverse range of habitats including tallgrass prairies, upland meadows, bottomland forest, a small stream, three miles of nature trails to explore a picnic shelter, and nature center.


March-Oct: Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm
Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August.
Nov- Feb: Mon-Sat 9 am-4:30 pm; Sun 12:30-4:30 pm

Closed for lunch 12-1 pm
Trails are open from dawn until dusk.

Admission is free.

Contact Information

909 N Highway 7
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: 913-764-7759

Location Type

Natural Area

Site Info

Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Hiking Trails
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center is the focal point of cultural historical, and environmental education programming offered to all ages by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The center contains displays, live animals, and Nature's Corner Gift Shop, along with a friendly, knowledgeable staff eager to share their knowledge of nature.

Ernie Miller Nature Park is home to the Ernie Miller Nature Center which provides a wide range of educational and nature based programs and experiences. The nature center is viewed by many as a laboratory of sorts for learning, understanding, and admiring nature. Patrons will discover more about plants, animals and history by visiting the center's new exhibit gallery which features live animal displays and interactive exhibits.

The nature center also features a 500 gallon aquarium showcasing native stream fish, a wildlife viewing room overlooking a water feature and bird feeders. The nature center also has a gift shop with books, treats, and other items for our nature enthusiasts.

Visitors will also view a range of birds from the center's lobby as they visit the feeders and discover more about the park's wildlife and history through exhibits and a diorama. For more about the nature center, visit the Ernie Miller Nature Center page.

Ernest "Ernie” Miller, for whom the park is named, wrote a newspaper column, “Dresser Drawer,” that became a community favorite. But he was more than a columnist. Miller was the editor of the Olathe Mirror from 1939 to 1952. His position as a community journalist influenced public opinion, but also chronicled the community, its people and history. His love of Olathe was obvious through his writing and community participation. The Chamber of Commerce named him the first Mr. Olathe in 1964.

Please note: due to the nature of the park, bicycles and pets are not allowed.

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