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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

2018-19 Fall & Winter Hours (October 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019)

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



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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


Robert E. Tindall Scholarship & Art Show

DeWitt Center at George Owens Nature Park

March 6-30, Tuesday - Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Special Open House with Independence Art Association Artists on Saturday, March 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Artists will be available to discuss their work and that of Mr. Tindall.

Works of respected artist and Independence native Robert E. Tindall will be on exhibit and prints will be for sale.  Artwork will also be on display by local artists of the Independence Art Association.  All sales benefit the Tindall Scholarship Fund.

If you are interested in displaying artwork,

For additional information please call (816) 325-7951.


Full Moon Hikes

*February 16  6:00-7:00 p.m. (Snow Moon rises at 2:37 p.m.)

*April 19  8:30-9:30 p.m. (Pink Moon rises at 8:25 p.m.)

*Hikes will be on paved trails that are stroller and wheelchair accessible.

See the park lit up by a full moon and learn about the park at night.  These hikes do fill up, so reserve your spot early.  Each hike is limited to 15 participants.  No light up shoes, please and dress for the weather.

Reserve your spot by calling 816.325.7115.


Snake Days

All Ages Welcome!

Thursdays, January 31, February 7, 14, 21 & 28.

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Get to know our mild-mannered corn snakes and a large but shy Great Plains rat snake.  You'll learn how to feed them, handle them, and how snakes live their lives.  Call 816.325.7115 for more information.

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.