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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

Play outside this summer at George Owens Nature Park - make mud pies, catch frogs, bugs and butterflies. We read, explore outside and make crafts. Offered with support of the Kansas City Public Library. Call (816) 325-7115 for more information.

Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty, muddy or wet.



Times Each Date




Sep 12   9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  
Oct 10    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

Nov 14

  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  
Dec 12 Regional Storytellers visit us today    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  


George Owens Nature Park Plein Air Festival

Wednesday, September 30: 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 1: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (judging at 5:00 p.m.)

Plein Air (en Plein Aire is French and was popularized during the Impressionist era).  A Plein Air event means that the artists work on site from real life, not a photograph.  This Festival is open to any level of artist and families to come out and watch the artists at work.

Artist registration costs:

Adults: (16 years and older) $15

Youth: (Grades 9 -12) $5

Artists contact Olivia Comer for more information - 816.427.5052 or

For general information regarding the Plein Air Festival 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.