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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

2019 Fall & Winter Hours (October 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020)

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

    Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Sunday & Monday: Closed.



   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.

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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


 Click here to check out rental fees for our facility!


Upcoming Events


Full Moon Hikes

Ages 6 years and above


See Independence Parks in a whole new light!  Each hike is limited to 15 participants.  Please reserve your spot early by calling 816.325.7115.


Date              Time                Location

Fri, Jan 10        5pm        George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road

Sat, Jan 11       6pm        Little Blue Trace Trail, Jackson Drive Entrance

Fri, Feb 7         6pm        George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road

Sat, Feb 8        6pm        Little Blue Trace Trail, Jackson Drive Entrance

Fri, Mar 6         6pm         George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road

Sat, Mar 7        6pm         Little Blue Trace Trail, Jackson Drive Entrance


Reserve your spot by calling 816.325.7115.


Original Tindall Art Show

Jan 7 - Mar 31, 2020

Tue-Sat: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Independence native Robert E. Tindall's artwork will be on display with our largest collection of his work yet!  16+ original works will be on display.

Tindall Talks

Jan 8, 18, 22 &

Feb 12, 15 & 26

11am - Noon             In-depth discussions about Robert E. Tindall's life and his the DeWitt Center at George Owens Nature


Call (816) 325-7951 for details or to save your spot.


Snake Days

Thursdays, 4-4:30pm

January 9, 16, 23 & 30

February 6, 13, 20 & 27

March 5, 12, 19 & 26

April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

May 7, 14, 21 & 28


Get to know our mild-mannered cornsnake and a large buy shy Great Plains ratsnake.  You can feed them, hold them, and learn how snakes live.  All ages welcome!


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.