1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
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.
Pick up chess at George Owens Nature Park. Interested in learning how to play or just looking to meet new players to play against. All levels welcome.
Come out to Waterfall Park, and help us pickup litter and help keep Independence areas clean. Bring work gloves and water. Other supplies provided. (816) 325-7115.
What is Taxonomy? How do we classify animals? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Participants will have the opportunity to create their own animal and classify it just like scientists do to animals all over the world! Limited space available, please call ahead. (816)325-7115.
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.