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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

2016 Park Hours (May 1 - September 30)

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 rustic nature center, find new seasonal exhibits and educational touch tables to learn about the animals that can be seen. Experience the beauty of a 150 gallon turtle enclosure or peer into a 75 gallon fresh water aquarium display. 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
  • Nature Center
  • Rain Gardens
  • Bio Swales
  • Pavilion
  • Butterfly Garden




Upcoming Events

Nature Story Time

Explore the outdoors, make crafts and listen to great stories. Offered in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library. Call (816) 325-7115 for more information.


Program Time



June 2 Thursday

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. &

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

June 9  Thursday



June 16

 Thursday    TBD
June 23  Thursday    TBD
June 30 Thursday    TBD



Full Moon Hikes

Free program

Enjoy a guided  moon lit hike through the park. Reserve your spot by 5pm the day before each hike by calling (816) 325-7115.  Each hike is limited to 15 participants.  Hikes will cover uneven dirt and mulch trails. Please, no baby strollers or light up shoes.  Binoculars recommended and dress for the weather.


Date Day            Time                Description
May 21 Saturday 8:30-9:30 p.m.   Flower Moon rises at 8:21 p.m.


Kids' Fishing Derby

Join us for our annual fishing derby for kids ages 5-12.  Prizes awarded for a number of categories.  Bring your own fishing pole and bait.  Water and sunscreen are recommended.  Call the park front desk at 816.325.7115 for more information.  Join us before the fishing derby begins for a 9 am walk around the lakes.


Date Day Time Description
June 11 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
    9:00 a.m. Come early for a walk around the lakes
    10 a.m. Fishing Derby Begins
    Noon Prizes Awarded



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.