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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

 Parking Lot gate closes at 8pm.  Please have your vehicle out by 8pm to avoid being locked in for the night.

Spring & Summer (May 1 - September30)        Park Hours                              DeWitt Center Hours

                                         Tuesday - Friday:        8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.                         8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

                                         Saturday:                    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.                         8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

                                         Sunday:                      Noon - 5 p.m.                                Noon - 5 p.m.

                                         Monday:                     Closed                                           Closed

 Parking Lot gates closes at 8pm.  Please have your vehicle out by 8pm to avoid being locked in for the night.

COVID-19 Nature Park Operations – Please take extra precautions around our park equipment at this time, we cannot guarantee the pavilion, picnic tables, benches and other park assets have been sanitized between uses.  While we fully understand your need for recreational opportunities right now please exercise caution.


   NATURE NOTES (click to view)

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.

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        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


 Click here to check out rental fees for our facility!


Upcoming Events




Original Tindall Art Show

July 1 - Aug 2, 2020

Tue-Sat: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Independence native Robert E. Tindall's artwork will be on display with our largest collection of his work yet!  16+ original works will be on display.



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.