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.
Ernie Miller Park is named for Ernest Miller, who was
a civic leader, merchant, editor and columnist of the Olathe Mirror, and
a real estate broker, known affectionately as "Mr. Olathe." His family
were some of Olathe early settlers, coming to Olathe by covered wagon in
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