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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

2018 Spring & Summer Park Hours (May 1 - September 30, 2018)

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 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

Nature Story Time

Great stories, nature crafts and outside exploration.  Ages 3 - 8.

Free program.

2 Sessions Every Thursday, June 7 - Aug 30

June 7     Catch a Crawdad
June 14   What Do You Call a Baby Frog?
June 21   Being a Bee
June 28   Firefly or Lighting Bug?
July 5      Being a Tree
July 12    If You Were a Bat
July 19    Catching Dragonflies
July 26    Big Teeth, Little Animals
August 2  Furry Swimmers
August 9  Making Tracks and Reading Scat
August 16 Butterflies Everywhere
August 23 See in the Dark Like an Owl
August 30 Hummingbirds, Here and Gone

 Dragonfly Daze



July 21, Saturday         10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Dragonflies close-up are cool and so is catching them.  We'll also make a craft and learn to identify dragonflies.  Nets, insect containers, and craft materials will be supplied.  Please bring a hat and sunscreen, refillable water bottle and insect repellent.




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.