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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



July 14  Thursday

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

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

 Goin' Batty
July 21  Thursday


 Catch Dragonflies

July 28

 Thursday    Catch Frogs & Toads
Aug 4  Thursday    Mother Snakes Lay Their Eggs
Aug 11  Thursday    So many flowers, So many bugs
Aug 18  Thursday    Beaver's Live on George's Pond
Aug 25  Thursday    Say Goodbye to Hummingbirds


 Dragonfly Daze

Saturday, July 23

10am - 1pm

What kinds of dragonflies will you catch?  We'll help you find out.  Plus you can make your own dragonfly to take home.  We supply nets, craft materials, and all kinds of dragonflies.  You will need sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, and insect repellant.

 Call 816.325.7115 for more details.


Hummingbird Festival

Saturday, August 27 |   10 am - 5pm

Hike the hummingbird trail lined with flowers and feeders.  Ask the experts how to attract hummingbirds to your yard and explain how they live.  Kids will make a hummingbird craft and native plants for hummingbirds will be for sale.


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.