Despite being in a city, nature is just outside the door. The Olathe Parks and Recreation office is offering a new program, "Nature in the Parks" from July 12th through August 2nd. Led by a park ranger/naturalist, the program includes fishing, an insect hunt, a nature hike and tree walk in various Olathe outdoor areas. The first event is July 12th and is designed for not only fishing fun, but to teach children and adults about fish and pond life.
On July 19th, Frontier Park will be the site of an insect hunt to teach children about the insects in this area. Those participating are encouraged to bring a clear container, so they can closely look at what they catch.
Lone Elm Park will be the site of a nature hike on July 26th. The hike includes learning about nature as well as the history of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails as well as the historic Lone Elm Campground.
Finally, families can learn about the many kinds of trees in our area on August 2nd at Cedar Lake Park.
All events run from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Those interested in enjoying one or more of the events can find out more information on the Parks and Recreation page of the City's website, www.OlatheKs.org or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 971-8700.