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Science & Nature


Sunny, warm and walking! Walk outside when Mother Nature is smiling and inside when she is not. Just keep moving and keep walking!
Name Location Length Indoor Outdoor
The Bluff Park Goldenbelt Blvd & Caroline Ave 1.1 mile X
Bramlage Park 420 Grant Ave .34 mile X
Homer's Pond N. Eisenhower Dr & 1st Street 1.1 mile X
K-57 Walking Trail K-57 & Airport Rd .7 mile X
Municipal Building 700 N. Jefferson St 1/17 mi. M–F 8am–5pm
Playground Park 5th St & Eisenhower Dr 1/5 mile X
Riverland Landing 200 block of E. Ash St .45 mile X
Riverwalk Trail Washington St & Milford Lake 4.8 mile X
South Park St Mary Rd 1.23 mile X
12th Street Community Center 1002 W. 12th St 1/12 mileM–F 7am–12pm
WalMart East Chestnut Daily 24 Hours
Wetland Trail Frontage Rd .49 mile X
YMCA 1703 McFarland Rd 1/17 mi. M & W 6am–8pm
T & Th 8am–8pm
F 6am–7pm, Sat 2–5pm


View live eagles and see programs on the Raptors of Kansas at the Milford Nature Center. Take a guided bus tour and view the bald eagles as they soar above Milford Lake and roost in the cottonwoods along the shore. Learn about nesting eagles in Kansas and watch the Live Eagle program. Don't forget the Kids' Tent with activities and crafts for the younger ones.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bus tours for viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour will depart at 3:30 p.m.
Day(s): Saturdays
Place:Milford Nature Center
Cost: None
Date(s): January 26
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Milford Nature Center


Plate tectonics is one of the primary physical mechanisms that has shaped the Earth's surface. Although a slow and deep process occurring over millions of our lifetimes and miles below our feet, crustal movement can also manifest in a geologic instant through sudden pressure releases we know better as earthquakes. While major earthquakes are not common here in Kansas, smaller tremblors take place quite often throughout the region, some right here in our own backyard. Learn the basics of plate tectonics (including three primary fault types), the interior structure of the Earth, how earthquakes and waveforms have taught us about our planet, and discuss the phenomena as they occur here on the Great Plains. A question and answer period will follow.

Presenter: Dr. Mitch Stimers, Instructor of Geography and Geoscience at Cloud County Community College.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s): 1:30 p.m.
Day(s): Sunday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): January 27
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Calling all gardeners! The library has a selection of seed packets (flowers and vegetables) that we will be giving away throughout the month of April. Stop by the display table in front of our main desk and browse through the available seed types. Then bring your choice (a picture of the seeds) to the circulation desk and swap it for a packet. Please limit yourself to a single packet when you come in. (Quantities are limited). Also, be sure to check out the large collection of gardening materials on our shelves, or the digital titles available on our website at www.jclib.org through Sunflower eLibrary and Hoopla.

Ages/Grades:Adults (18 years of age or older)
Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):Program begins on April 1 and ends on April 30.
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Enjoy the last few weeks of the season before it closes on January 19. The limit for pheasant is four per day and eight per day for quail. Public hunting lands surround Milford Lake. In the northern area hunters will find eight wetland cells that range in size from 60 acres to 250 acres for a total of 2,300 acres when pools are full. On Fort Riley, 71,000 of 101,000 acres are managed for multiple use including hunting. Both military and the general public can hunt on these lands though special restrictions are in place. For more information, visit www.ksoutdoors.com/hunting. Fort Riley hunting information is available at www.fortriley.isportsman.net


Join Chuck Otte for this fun and informative bird walk once a month, weather permitting, in and around the Milford Lake area. These hikes are for beginning birdwatchers as well as those that have some experience. Bring binoculars and a bird ID book if you have them. Everyone is invited! This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Milford Nature Center and Milford State Park and the Kansas Ornithological Society.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 8:00 a.m. (approximately 2 hours in length)
Day(s): Saturdays
Place: Meet at the parking area at the south end of Milford Lake dam across the highway from the Corps of Engineers office
Cost: None
Date(s): March 16, April 20, May 18 (Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change. Visit the website birdinginkansas.com for the full birdwalk calendar and contact Chuck Otte at 785-238-4161 or cotte@ksu.edu to confirm current dates.)
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Milford Nature Center


There seems to be an increased interest in chickens. Whether you are looking at "homesteading," making Colonel Sanders happy, or simply love eggs, there are many things you should know to be successful. Don't commit to poultry until you know these basics. If your chicken project involves children, bring them along. This class will take you from the decision process to the baby chicks.

Ages/Grades:Adults and families
Time(s):7:00 p.m.
Place:Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):February 28
Registration deadline:None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


You've got your birds, and life is good, but what about housing, nest eggs, and proper feed? Should you panic regarding sickness or disease? How about getting rid of waste? What will you do with all those eggs? This session will attempt to answer these questions and many more. Please remember, if raising chickens was as complicated as some authors suggest, no one could do it. You will do fine.

Ages/Grades:Adults and families
Time(s):7:00 p.m.
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): March 28
Registration deadline:None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


It has been documented how interacting with a dog can lower your blood pressure and in general allow you to feel better. Do you have a dog that provides that feeling not only to yourself but to other people? If so, your dog might make a great therapy dog. Therapy dogs need canine good manners and obedience – such as not barking, not jumping, walking on a loose leash, coming when called, staying, and interacting around folks and medical equipment. We will be working with your dog on the elements needed to take the therapy dog test. (Dogs must be at least one-year-old.)

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 3:30 p.m.
Day(s): Sunday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):March 17
Registration deadline: March 15
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Enjoy the second month of the season before it closes on January 31. League shooter can shoot either Saturday or Sunday. Each shooter will shoot 50 targets at the 23 yard line. Weekly high score will win $25. High overall average for league will win $100. Those who have never participated in a winter league are welcome to contact Shirley Allen at shirlallen@centurylink.net for additional information.

Time(s):All day
Day(s):Saturdays and Sundays
Place:Geary County Fish and Game, 4069 KS-244 Spur
Cost:$12 per league shoot
Date(s):Season opened on December 1 and ends January 31
Sponsored by:Geary County Fish and Game