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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

2017 Park Hours (May 1 - September 30, 2017)

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

 Dragonfly Daze

Saturday, July 22, 10am - 1pm

Run around the lake area catching a variety of dragonflies!  Fun Family Event!!!

What kinds will you catch?  We'll help you identify them.  Plus you can make your own dragonfly to take home.  We supply nets, craft materials, and all kinds of wild dragonflies!  You'll need sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and refillable water bottle.


 Nature Story Time

Join us every Thursday (June 1 - August 31)

10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Explore nature, read great stories and make nature crafts.

June 15    Building a Bird Nest

June 22    Make Room for Butterflies

June 29    Looking for Lightning Bugs

July 6       Night Owls

July 13     Goin' Batty

July 20     Catching Dragonflies

July 27     Catching Toads

Aug 3       Crazy Caterpillars

Aug 10     So Many Flowers, So Many Bugs

Aug 17     Solar Eclips

Aug 24     Say Goodbye to Hummingbird's

Aug 31     Nature's Grocery Store



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.