Ernie Miller Nature Center

Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center is a 116-acre nature park in the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, 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. 

The park's nature center 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.

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.

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