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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

2017 Fall & Winter Park Hours (Oct 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018)

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




Upcoming Events

14th Annual Winter Solstice Torch Lit Hike

December 13, Wednesday

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Free Public Program

Walk a forest trail lit by torches to see ice sculpture, live owls and raptors, telescopes to view the night sky, and a trail of snowmen.
Stay warm with hot chocolate and a roaring fire.
The first 175 guests receive a free travel mug.
This is an outdoor activity.  Please dress for the weather.
Call 816.325.7115 for more information.


 Full Moon Hikes


Long Nights Moon    December 1, Friday             5:00 pm

                                    December 2, Saturday **     5:00 pm


New Year's Eve        December 31, Sunday**       5:00 pm

                                   December 31, Sunday**       6:30 pm

Reservations required by 5pm Thursday, December 28.


Blue Moon Hike       January 31, Wednesday      6:00 pm

** These hikes will be on paved trails and are for anyone that prefers even terrain.  Stoller and wheelchair friendly.

Reserve your spot for any of the full moon hikes by 5pm two days before each hike, (816) 325.7115.  Each hike is limited to 15 participants.  Hikes will cover uneven ground and dirt and mulched hiking trails.  No baby strollers or light up shoes please.




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.