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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

2016 Park Hours (May 1 - September 30)

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 rustic nature center, find new seasonal exhibits and educational touch tables to learn about the animals that can be seen. 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.

wooded trail

Park Amenities

  • Three miles of Hiking Trails (One Paved)
  • Two Fishing Lakes
  • Organized Group Campground
  • ADA Accessible Dock
  • Family Picnic Area
  • Nature Center
  • Rain Gardens
  • Bio Swales
  • Pavilion
  • Butterfly Garden




Upcoming Events

Nature Story Time

Explore the outdoors, make crafts and listen to great stories. Offered in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library. Call (816) 325-7115 for more information.




Program Time




Aug 18  Thursday

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. &

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Beaver's Live on George's Pond
Aug 25  Thursday


 Say Goodbye to Hummingbirds




 Hummingbird Festival

Saturday, August 27

10am - 5pm

Hike the Hummingbird Trail lined with flowers and hummingbird feeders.  Ask the experts how to attract hummingbirds to your yard and learn hummingbird habits.  Kids can make a hummingbird craft and native plants for hummingbirds will be available for purchase.  Sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, and insect repellent are recommended.

 Call 816.325.7115 for more details.


Native Plant Restoration

September 22, 23 & 24 (Thu, Fri & Sat)

10 am - Noon

Bring trowels, gloves and a refillable water bottle.  Suncreen, insect repellent and hats are recommended.  Learn about plants native to Missouri and help us restore an area of the nature park.


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.