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George Owens Nature Park

Providing families with outdoor nature opportunities since 1977.

1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
(816) 325-7115





October 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023                             

Tuesday - Friday:        8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday:                    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday:                      Closed

Monday:                     Closed



Park Gates are closed overnight: Tuesday - Saturday, parking lot gates close at 5 p.m.  Please have your vehicle out by closing time to avoid being locked in for the night.




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
  • Family Picnic Area
  • DeWitt Center
  • Rain Gardens
  • Bio Swales
  • Pavilion
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Outdoor and Nature Programs for the Entire Family


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Upcoming Events



19th Annual Winter Solstice Torch Lit Hike

Wed, Dec 7, 5 - 7 pm


Bring your friends or family to this holiday favorite.  Walk a torch lit trail to view live raptors, a roaring bonfire, hot chocolate and much more.  816.325.7115.


Winter Trail - on the paved Butterfly Trail

Dec 8, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023. Tue-Sat 8:30am - 5:00pm

Walk the paved trail filled with tree cut outs decorated by local families, businesses and organizations.

Learn about Christmas Trees & Pine Cones

Dec 17, 2022 - 1pm

Come learn about pine cones, what kinds of trees produce them, and their job in nature!  Visitors will have the chance to make pine cone bird feeders that they can take home to feed their neighborhood birds. (limited spots available)  (816) 325-7115.

Let's Go Birding!

Jan 5, 2023 - 9:30 am

Jan 7, 2023 - 9:30 am

Go birding at George Owens Nature park with our Naturalist!  Hear and see winter birds as they forage in Missouri's Oak Hickory forests. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather.  (limited spots available) (816)325-7115.

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.