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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 Spring & Summer 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.



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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.

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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



Nature Story Time

Ages 3-8 years

10-10:50 a.m. and 11-11:50 am

Thursdays in June, July and August

Time for a summer of great stories and outside adventures at George Owens Nature Park. Story Time on July 11 will be at Hill Park (2201 S. Maywood Ave.)  all other Nature Story Time activities are at George Owens Nature Park.

Call 816.325.7115 for more information.

Date                              Topic

June 6                         Catch Tadpoles

June 13                       Catch Crawdads

June 20                       Catch Fish

June 27                       Catch Fireflies

July 11                         Stream day in the Creek at Hill Park (2201 S. Maywood Ave.)

July 18                         Catch Grasshoppers

July 25                         Catch Dragonflies

August 1                      Make Hummingbird Feeders

August 8                      Make Tracks

August 15                    Make Bee Bread

August 22                    Make a Bird Book

August 29                    Make a Trip to Nature's Grocery Store


Reserve your spot by calling 816.325.7115.


Family Fishing Fun Day

All Ages Welcome!

Saturday, August 3

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Any skill level welcome.  Bring your family out for a fun day of non competitive fishing, food(hot dogs)  and activities  Call 816.325.7115 for more information.

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.