City of Independence, Missouri

Deck the trails to help build community in Independence

Help us deck the trails with holiday trees! George Owens Nature Park, in partnership with Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, is thrilled to invite the community to decorate tree cutouts created by students at Fort Osage High School.  

The wooden holiday trees go on sale on November 1 for $20 each. All proceeds go to support of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. However, supplies are limited. 

“The Winter Trail highlights our parks aren't just for spring and summer use," City of Independence Recreation Service Supervisor Jeff Umbreit said. "This is a long-standing tradition at George Owens that I know we look forward to every year. The creativity in our community is astounding and we have visitors that regularly comment how much they love to see the decorations along our trails. We look forward to once again supporting our community partner, Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, as we celebrate the season.”  

Trees can be purchased and picked-up at the Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity locations in Independence, 505 N. Dodgion, and Blue Springs, 1219 NW 7 Highway.  

“Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity is excited to be a part of this long-standing community building opportunity,” Lindsay Browne, the Communications Engagement Manager for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, said. “It is a great way to raise awareness of the work done by Truman Habitat and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. It’s a chance for community members to build community through physically building something, which is what Habitat for Humanity is all about.” 

Your creative and uniquely decorated tree will be displayed along the paved Butterfly Trail at George Owens Nature Park from December 8 to February 1, 2023. The trees will be unveiled at the 19th Annual Winter Solstice Torch Lit Hike on December 7 from 5-7 p.m.  

Decorated trees can be dropped off at George Owens Nature Park’s DeWitt Center, 1601 S. Speck Rd., from November 29 through December 3 from 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m.  

For more information or questions, please call 816-325-7115.  



About Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity 

Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and strengthen community. Through volunteer support and tax-deductible donations, habitat assists in rebuilding homes with the help of the homeowner partners and families.  

About George Owens Nature Park 

George Owens Nature Park, operated by the City of Independence Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department, has provided opportunities for families to engage in the outdoors since 1977. The park offers 86 acres of beautiful hiking trails, lakes, nature programs, and more! The DeWitt Center delivers rotating exhibits, a pond, and 4 large aquariums.