George Owens Nature Park
Providing families with outdoor opportunities since 1977.
1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The park will be closed the last two weekends of Oct for our annual Halloween themed program, The Enchanted Forest. Event dates are Fri & Sat - Oct 18, 19, 25 & 26.
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 and find new seasonal exhibits. Get up close to a snake, touch antlers, or count the rings on a tree. Experience the beauty of a 150 gallon freshwater aquarium with Missouri fish or peer into a 75 gallon turtle enclosure. The possibilities for adventure are endless.
- Five Hiking Trails (One Paved)
- Two Fishing Lakes
- Organized Group Campground
- ADA Accessible Dock
- Family Picnic Area
- Nature Center
- Rain Gardens
- Butterfly Garden
- $3 per person at the gate
- No alcohol, open flames, weapons, animals or smoking allowed.
- Bags will be inspected prior to entering the event.
- Call (816) 325-7115 or (816) 325 7370 for more information
Set on the parks paved trail, children will be transported into the "Enchanted Forest." Storybook, popular movie characters and fairy tales come to life as groups are quided along the candlelit trail. The adventure ends with an old fashioned hayride past the park's lakes and a pirate ship.
Bags will be inspected prior to entering the event.
No alcohol, open flames, animals, smoking or weapons are allowed.
| Oct 18 & 19
||7 - 9 p.m.
|Oct 25 & 26
||7 - 9 p.m.
14th Annual Storytelling Celebration
Independence Parks and Recreation joins part of the storytelling fun for the second year. Families are invited to come out to the park to listen to 2 different regional story tellers.
10-10:45 a.m. - Story teller Denise Dodd. Denise has enjoyed telling stories to elementary children for 30 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Child Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum Instruction.
11-11:45 a.m. - Story teller Margaret Meyers. Storyteller Margaret Meyers captivates audiences with a lively mix of stories with depth and humor. A former college philosphy teacher, poet, and lifelong learner, she brings her sense of wonder into her storytelling
- All Ages
- Free event.
- Groups of over 4 children, please call in advance.
- Call 816-325-7115 for more information.
||10 - 10:45 a.m. &|
11 - 11:45 a.m.
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.