National Parks / Natural World
Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery Junction City
Where is it at?
Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery
3415 Hatchery Drive
Tel: 785 238 5323
Where are we going today?
Who's excited for an adventure with nature, live animals and fun nature filled exhibits!? We certainly are! Which is why we're headed to the Milford Nature Center in Kansas, located right in the Flint Hills. A beautiful spot!
Milford Nature Center is the perfect place for kids to learn all about the natural communities of Kansas. It's a great interactive experience, with animal interactions.
They can see and touch the native animal furs, and even print their own animal tracks! (If you were an animal, kids, what kind of tracks do you think they would make?)
Kids can even use their sense of touch to try and identify some mystery items - sounds tricky!
Inside the nature center there are dioramas which line the halls, all depicting an aquatic system with over 300 life like fish, snakes, insects, turtles, and the ecosystem that's at work in the surrounding marshes, prairies and woods.
Kansas is teeming with wildlife, so the Milford Nature Center is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn about them! They have live animal exhibits which feature all sorts of creatures - from the chripy prairie dogs, to the turtles, lizards, snakes, amphibians, and much more!
It's a nature experience though, so we know you are just keen to get out into that nature itself! Outdoors brings you just as many treats. There is a large bird of prey exhibit which features many native raptors. These even include that majestic Bald Eagle!
Right next to this is the Bobcast display. How many have you seen in the actual wild? Probably not many!
To really embrace the nature around the Milford Nature Center, get out onto the nature trails, and just take your time walking around, spotting all the wildlife. There is a birdwatching wall for those keen eyes, and a backyard habitat which is a great educational site to show how you can attract wildlife into your backyard.
We haven't even started about the Nature Playground yet! Kids can slide through the belly of a snake, or jump on the back of a spider. We're not kidding!
So much fun to be had at the Milford Nature Center. Have a great time kids!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm (year around). Weekends 1pm to 5pm (April to Sept).
Closed weekends from October to March.
They have great hands-on lessons for students, and all of the programs last between 30 and 90 minutes. They are also free! Give them a call to chat about the topics you would like to cover.
There is a pop machine outside the center with drinks. .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you bring your camera with all those live animals to experience! .
Doing our bit
The center are dedicated to wildlife, and educating everyone on how to preserve and why you should preserve our environment. .
Need a little extra help?
The center is wheelchair accessible, but the walking paths and playground are wood chipped surfaces. Just give them a call before hand if you have special needs. .
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is small but has a number of variety items for sale..
The Milford Fish Hatchery is just adjacent to the center, and offers tours at 1:30pm weekends in April and May. .