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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

2015 May - September Park Hours

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

       - Check out our  NATURE NOTES

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 turtle enclosure or peer into a 75 gallon fresh water aquarium display. 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

Nature Story Time

You’ll be a Nature Pal when you come to Nature Story
Time. We read, explore outside and make crafts. This
winter, we’ll listen to good stories around the fire and
play in the snow. Offered with support of the Kansas
City Public Library. Call (816) 325-7115 for more information.






Feb 14 Valentines for Groundhogs 

11:00 - 11:45 a.m

Mar 14 Here Comes Spring! 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.





 7th Annual Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show & Sale

 Exhibit Dates & Times: Tuesday - Saturday, March 4 - 24.  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Reception Date & Time: Saturday, March 14, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

This free event will feature an original painting by Robert E. Tindall, in whose name the Independence Art Association has given scholarships for over 25 years.  Commemorative giclee prints of a Tindall painting will be offered for sale at the reception, with proceeds going into the Independence Art Association scholarship fund.  Independence Art Association member artwork will also be for sale during the reception.

For more information call (816) 325-7115.


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.