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George Owens Nature Park
Providing families with outdoor opportunities since 1977.
1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
(816) 325-7115

2014 January - April Park Hours

Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

Summer Hours begin May 1!!!

Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed

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 rustic nature center and find new seasonal exhibits. Get up close to a snake, touch antlers, or count the rings on a tree. Experience the beauty of a 150 gallon freshwater aquarium with Missouri fish or peer into a 75 gallon turtle enclosure. The possibilities for adventure are endless.

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Park Amenities

  • Five Hiking Trails (One Paved)
  • Two Fishing Lakes
  • Organized Group Campground
  • ADA Accessible Dock
  • Family Picnic Area
  • Nature Center
  • Rain Gardens
  • Pavilion
  • Butterfly Garden

Upcoming Events

Monthly Family Nature Hikes

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  • Free
  • Call (816) 325-7115 for more information

Get outdoors this winter and early spring and enjoy a hike to see the seasonal changes of the woods, glade, lakes and other areas of the park.  Please dress for the weather.

Date Time  
 Feb 1   2 - 3 p.m.
Mar 1
Apr 5   

Nature Story Time

  • Ages 2-6
  • Free event, with same activities offered at both sessions.
  • Groups of over 4 children, please call in advance.
  • Call 816-325-7115 for more information.

Listen to nature stories and complete a craft or venture out on a short nature walk.  Every month will be a new adventure!  This program is offered with support from the Kansas City Public Library - Sugar Creek Branch.

Date Time


Feb 20     10 - 10:45 a.m. &
11 - 11:45 a.m. 
Mar 20 Migration
Apr 17 Spring Flowers

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.


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