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George Owens Nature Park

Providing families with outdoor nature opportunities since 1977.

1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
(816) 325-7115





Oct 2021 - Apr 2022 Park and Gate Hours            DeWitt Center Hours, Oct  2021 - Apr 2022                             

Tuesday - Friday:        8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.                           Tuesday - Friday:       8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday:                    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.                            Saturday:                   8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday:                      Closed                                               Sunday:                     Closed

Monday:                     Closed                                              Monday:                    Closed

 Tuesday - Saturday - Parking lot gates close at 5pm.  Please have your vehicle out by 5pm to avoid being locked in for the night.

Enchanted Forest takes place Oct 22, 23, 29 & 30 , 2021.  The park is currently preparing for this event, please call ahead regarding October park hours, 816.325.7115.



   NATURE NOTES (click to view)

George Owens Nature Park has given families the opportunity to reconnect with their natural environment since 1977. The park is open year round and provides 86 acres of beautiful forest, lakes, hiking trails and wildlife. Explore the DeWitt Center and experience rotating exhibits, a pond display and 4 large aquariums.

The current traveling exhibit shows Independence through the rock record - fossils, photographs and art will guide you along a comprehensive path of discovery.

The possibilities for adventure are endless.

wooded trail

        Park Amenities

  • Three miles of Hiking Trails (One Paved)
  • Two Fishing Lakes
  • Organized Group Campground
  • ADA Accessible Dock
  • Family Picnic Area
  • DeWitt Center
  • Rain Gardens
  • Bio Swales
  • Pavilion
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Outdoor and Nature Programs for the Entire Family


 Click here to check out rental fees for our facility!


Upcoming Events



Enchanted Forest

October 22,Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

October 23, Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

October 29, Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

October 30, Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

An outdoor family friendly Halloween celebration where storybook, fairytale and popular characters come to life!

If you are in line by 9pm each night, you will be able to enter the Enchanted Forest.

$3 per person / stroller friendly event / all activities take place outdoors

No alcohol - No smoking - No pets - No weapons

Call 816.325.7115 for more information.  This program is offered in partnership with the Powerhouse Theater Foundation and the City of Independence.


18th Annual Winter Solstice Torch Lit Hike

Wednesday, December 8

5:00 - 7:30pm

Celebrate the change of seasons with this annual family favorite.  Paved torch lit trail, Ice sculpture, live raptors, bonfire, hot chocolate and the unveiling of all the wooden gingerbread cut outs decorated by Independence families, groups and businesses along the trail.  Call 816.325.7115 for more details.




Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer And Make A Difference!

If you have a love for the outdoors and want to help George Owens Nature Park, please consider volunteering your time at the nature park. Contact us at (816) 325-7115 to learn more.

Individuals and family volunteers will learn about our natural world by assisting park staff. We have volunteer opportunities that will fit your interest - gardening, maintaining bird feeders, assisting with nature programs, etc.