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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 (Oct 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017)

Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
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 new rotating exhibits, a pond display and 4 large aquariums. 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




Upcoming Events

 Full Moon Hikes


*Mar 10, Fri, 7 pm              Crow Moon rises at 4:35 pm         

Mar 11, Sat, 7 pm              Crow Moon rises at 5:38 pm        

*Apr 8, Sat, 8 pm                Pink Moon rises at 5:30 pm

All hikes take place at George Owens Nature Park. Reserve your place by 5 pm on the day before the hike at (816) 325 -7115.  Each hike is limited to 15 participants.

*Hikes in red type are for those who prefer even terrain. They will be on paved trails and are stroller and wheelchair accessible.

For hikes in black type, you must be able to hike off-trail. No baby strollers or light-up shoes, please.


 Robert E. Tindall Scholarship Art Show & Sale

March 3 - March 26, 2017

Reception on Saturday, March 18: 1:30-3:30 p.m.


 Robert Tindall, a native of Independence, was a widely-respected artist.  Several of his paintings will be displayed at the show and commemorative giclee prints of many will be available for purchase.  All proceeds support the Robert E. Tindall Scholarship that is awarded annually to an outstanding Independence high school senior who wishes to pursue a post-secondary art education.


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.