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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

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

 Hummingbird Festival


September 8, Saturday         9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

More than 50 feeders will attract swarms of migrating hummingbirds.  We'll have hummingbird experts on hand, crafts, a migration game and discovery map. Please bring a hat and sunscreen, refillable water bottle and insect repellent.  The Hummingbird Trail will stay up throughout their migration season.

Call 816.325.7115 for details.


Enchanted Forest

 Friday & Saturday: Oct 19 & 20 and Oct 26 & 27

7:00-9:00 p.m.

A non-scary Halloween event for the whole family.

$3 / person at the gate

For additional information call 816.325.7370 or 816.325.7115.


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.