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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

 Enchanted Forest

Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21

Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

$3 per person at the gate (cash or credit card)

Non-scary Halloween event for the whole family.  Walk a paved trail into the forest to watch family friendly scenes come alive.  A hay ride completes the night.

Free parking / concessions for sale / No Smoking on Park property / All bags are subject to search


A program of the Independence Parks|Recreation|Tourism Department & the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation



 Full Moon Hikes

Beaver Moon            November 3, Friday             6:30pm

                                    November 4, Saturday **     6:30pm

Long Nights Moon    December 1, Friday             5:00 pm

                                    December 2, Saturday **     5:00 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 the day 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.