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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.



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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


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

Sat, Nov 9        5pm             Little Blue Trace, Jackson Drive Entrance

Fri, Dec 13     6:30pm        George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road

Sat, Dec 14     7:30pm        George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road


Reserve your spot by calling 816.325.7115.


Enchanted Forest

The last 2 weekends of October

Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19.  7:00-9:00pm

Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26. 7:00-9:00pm


Family members of all ages will enjoy this non-scary Halloween hike through the woods.  Walk along the pumpkin lit paved trail and visit family friendly skits, elaborate costumes and hay ride back.  Stroller friendly.

Admission is $3 per person (2 years old and up)


Call 816.325.7115 or 816.325.7370 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.