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George Owens Nature Park

Providing families with outdoor nature opportunities since 1977.

1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
(816) 325-7115





June-September, 2021 Park and Gate Hours              June-September, 2021 DeWitt Center Hours                             

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

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

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

Monday:                     Closed

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



   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.

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


 Click here to check out rental fees for our facility!


Upcoming Events



Hummingbird Festival

September 9,Thursday

September 10, Friday

September 11, Saturday

Save the date!!!  More details coming soon!.


Family Fishing Day

Saturday, August 7

9am - 1pm

Bring the family out to try fishing for the first time or just to have a fun morning by the water.  Poles, bait, expert advice available.  KC Wolf will be making an appearance. This program provided with support from Intercity Bait & Tackle, Mt. Washington Lodge No. 614, Fairmount Community Center, Greg's Lock & Key Service, Auto Now of Independence and O'Reilly Auto Parts of Independence.  Check back again for updated list of program support.  Call 816.325.7115 for more details.





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.